Wizards Lose Summer League Opener


In their first game of the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League, the Wizards fell to the Atlanta Hawks 102  to 82.

Remember, this was just the first game of the summer league, and it sure looked like it.

Here are the game’s Bullets Points:

  • Bradley Beal had a very nice debut. It’s clear to see right away  just how athletic and smooth he is. Beal is always in control and plays with great pace, and that’s a great start for a 19 year-old rookie. He finished with 22 points.
  • Another player with a nice summer league debut was Jan Vesely. Last year’s sixth overall pick was engaged on the offensive end and he made his first three jump shots. He looked like a more confident player overall. However, he still struggled rebounding the basketball and failed to box out too often. But it’s still a good sign to see Vesely playing with confidence and knocking down jump shots — which are both things we didn’t see in his rookie year.
  • But Jan Vesely did foul out with ten fouls. Yes, ten fouls. In summer league games, players foul out once they reach ten — not six.
  • While Beal and Vesely impressed, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack did not. It’s not that Singleton and Mack were awful the whole time, but I was hoping for more. Shelvin Mack did well defensively pressuring the basketball, but offensively, he picked up his dribble too early and looked slow. In the first half, Chris Singleton was pretty awful however, in the second half he knocked down some shots and started to play better defensively. Uneven performances by both, but we’re expecting more — much more.
  • The Wizards were killed on the glass by the Hawks.
  • Jan Vesely’s fellow countryman, Tomas Satoransky, was about what we expected. He struggled mightily. It’s apparent that Satoransky has good vision, but he lacks athleticism, and he struggled bringing the basketball up the court when pressured.

The Wizards next summer league is tomorrow at 10 pm ET against the Houston Rockets.

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