The Wizards will tip off their NBA Summer League in Las Vegas against the Golden State Warriors on July 13th at COX Pavilion. Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. , who the Wizards selected third overall in this years NBA Draft, will lead the Wizards along side a few other notable names.
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- Kevin Dillard, G, Dayton
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- Frank Hassell, F, Israel
- Marquez Haynes, G, Germany
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- Glen Rice Jr, G, NBDL
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- Zack Wright, G, Spartak St. Petersburg (Russia)
There are certainly some interesting names that will be joining the Wizards this summer for Washington’s “mini-camp” and Summer League.
Tomas Satoransky, who the Wizards selected in the second round in last years draft, isn’t expected to participate in Washington’s Summer League. Satoransky is reportedly dealing with some contractual issues which will keep him away from the NBA next season.
Instead of having a roster full of undrafted players, the Wizards opted to include some NBA veterans. Sundiata Gaines has played in numerous games in the NBA, most notably with the Utah Jazz and New Jersey Nets. Averaging just over 8 points and 7 rebounds during the 2007-2008 NBA season, Josh Boone will also help lead some of Washington’s rookies in the Summer League.
Clemson’s Devin Booker, brother of Wizards forward Trevor Booker, has also gotten the opportunity to make Washington’s roster.
Although the Summer League is essentially a platform for organized exhibition games, it’ll give Porter and some of the other Wizards a chance to build some chemistry. How well will Porter adjust to the NBA speed? Have Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton improved since the Wizards closed out the regular season? Those are just some of the questions that could possibly be answered in just over a week.
Unlike in the past, the participants in this years Summer League will actually have something to play for. For the first time ever, the Summer League will incorporate a tournament, which will crown a champion at the end of the bracket.
It might seem silly, but I honestly wouldn’t mind watching the Wizards win some sort of a championship, even if it’s just the Summer League.