Normally, the Summer League is an opportunity for first-round pick rookies to showcase their abilities for oogling fans. Very rarely does a player with a non-guaranteed contract end up making the pro squad.
For the Wizards, this isn’t a normal season. With so many holes to fill, it’s likely that at least one (and possibly two) unknown players could end up on the final roster. Here’s a quick rundown of the guys to watch out for in Las Vegas. Washington’s first game is July 11 against the Golden State Warriors, who will be lead by future bust Ekpe Udoh.
Players to Watch
- John Wall–I don’t think this one needs much of an explanation. It will be Wall’s first chance to take on pro players. If Evan Turner’s performance in the Summer League is any indicator (12 points in first game, 13 points in second game), Wall could get off to a slow start as he adjusts to a new style of play.
- JaVale McGee–At this point in McGee’s career, there’s no reason for him to not dominate the competition at the Summer League. I’m anxious to see how much muscle he put on and if his post moves have improved.
- Sun Yue–It’s hard to believe, but Yue was the 15th man for the Lakers a few years back. He’s in the same mold of Shaun Livingston (6’9 point guard) and is only 24 years old. Assuming Livingston is leaving, Yue has a solid chance of making the team. Washington doesn’t want to spend much money, and Yue would sign cheap. He’s a solid combo guard who won’t complain about small spurts of playing time during the regular season.
- Trevor Booker–With Andray Blatche, Yi Jianlian, and Kevin Seraphin on board, I want to see how Booker is able to contribute. The Summer League is a good chance for Booker to show what he can do.
- Hamady N’diaye–The late second-round pick doesn’t have a great shot at making the team, but if he can turn some heads in these games and the Wizards refuse to address the center position, he may end up playing for Washington after all.
- Cartier Martin–Martin played for the team last year and can fill in at small forward from time to time. He’s another cheap option at a position the Wizards need to fill.
Other Players on the Summer League Roster:
- Eric Hayes (Maryland)
- Raymar Morgan (Michigan State)
- Jerome Randle (California)
- Kyle Spain (San Diego State)
- Mike Sweetney (Georgetown, played on various NBA teams)
- Kevin Palmer (Texas A&M)
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