The Wizards will play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Here’s what you need to know:
Orlando Summer League: July 1-5, 6th “Championship Day”
Utah Summer League: July 3, 5-6
Las Vegas Summer League: July 7-11, playoffs July 12-17
Orlando Summer League: Amway Center practice court
Utah Summer League: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Las Vegas Summer League: Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion
How to Watch:
All games will be broadcasted live on NBATV or on the ESPN networks. The Utah and Las Vegas Summer League’s are open to the public, while the Orlando league will not be.
And now for the team’s preview:
All expected players as of July 5th
Players expected to compete: Devin Robinson, Maalik Wayns, Marcus Keene, Danuel House, Daniel Ochefu, Sheldon McClellan, Kris Jenkins, Chris McCullough, Isaac Humphries, Kevin Pangos, Jaleel Roberts, Michael Young, Jalen Ross, Jared Cunningham, Ian Baker, Ike Diogu, Jasonn Hannibal, Max Hooper, Rayshawn Simmons
The Wizards’ bench was pretty bad last year, and this summer league could bring some new faces to the Wizards.
Former Nets first rounder Chris McCullough still has potential, and it will be interesting to see if his talents have taken a jump. A trio of young options could emerge to the Wizards bench next year. Danuel House, Sheldon McClellan, and Daniel Ochefu could put themselves in line for bigger roles with good summers.
Many expected Florida forward Devin Robinson to be selected in this year’s draft. Instead, he will have to prove that he has legit upside and athleticism the hard way. Former Clipper guard Maalik Wayns is trying to crack the NBA again and will likely be the summer squad’s starting point guard.
Australian big man Isaac Humphries enters the NBA after just one year at Kentucky. Humphries is extremely raw, but he has great size and upside.
Pittsburgh forward Michael Young averaged 20 points per game as a senior last year. Young could be a three-point stroke away from an NBA career.
NBA journeyman Jared Cunningham will be looking to get minutes for his seventh organization after playing in China last year. His teammate, 33 year-old Ike Diogu, will also play on the summer squad. Diogu averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per game in China while Cunningham averaged 34.6 points per game.
Player to Watch: Marcus Keene
Keene lead ALL of college basketball in scoring last year. Keene is a small player, and his “skill set” has the basement of Kay Felder and the upside of Isaiah Thomas.
Keene possesses a dead-eye stroke and a surprisingly good slashing game. He could be unleashed this summer, and could potentially provide a much-needed spark to the Washington bench.
All stats courtesy of realgm or basketball reference