Jan Vesely: 11.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.8 SPG, 1.6 BPG
Of everybody on the Wizards summer league roster, including Otto Porter, this years summer league was probably most important for Jan Vesely.
Vesely is stuck in a weird place for this upcoming season. With Nene, Emeka Okafor, Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin and Chris Singleton all on the roster, it’s virtually impossible for Vesely to get the playing time he needs in order to grow as a basketball player. Washington is loaded with sub-par forwards on their bench, and they haven’t experimented with Vesely at the center position until this summer league. Instead of crumbling under pressure like we’re used to seeing, Vesely lived up expectations of a sixth overall pick and played like the best player in a Wizards uniform on a number of occasions. (I honestly don’t feel right even typing that… Jan Vesely, the best player on the floor?)
Jan Vesely has raw basketball skills, similar to that of Chicago Bulls all-star center, Joakim Noah. Vesely displayed some things that we’ve literally never witnessed from him during the summer league, good and bad. Without hesitation, Vesely knocked down several pick and pop jumpers, attacked the basket, and played exceptional defense on the other side of the floor. Vesely even hit a few turnaround jump shots which earned him the nickname ‘Dirk Vesely’ by myself and others on Twitter.
For Vesely, it’s all about confidence and I think he showed that this past week. Vesely took some time off this off-season, cleared his head, and played extraordinary well when the time came. We’re used to seeing Vesely play with a timid style, virtually never putting the ball down on the floor like we’ve seen in previous highlights from Partizan Belgrade. Every NBA team needs an energizer off the bench and I think Vesely could develop into that type of player down the line. He has some unique skills for a big man that can’t be taught, like his ability to pass the ball, which was also a product of his increased confidence.
Vesely’s confidence was so high, that he even took his first ever NBA three point shot during the summer league. Sure, he airballed it, but it just goes to show that his confidence has grown immensely since the conclusion of last season.
I realize that it’s just summer league, but man, it was fun watching Vesely dominate the game at time. Yes, dominate.
Hopefully Vesely’s restored confidence could help the Wizards salvage the former sixth overall pick. Airwolf was by far, the most improved Wizard during the summer league.