Jan Vesely may be the talk of the Washington Wizards’ off season as he’s coming off an impressive run during the NBA Summer League, and his preparation representing the Czech Republic national team in EuroBasket 2013 has been well documented.
Vesely is entering his last guaranteed year with the Wizards, and with legitimate playoff aspirations, Washington has to determine the fate of the former sixth overall pick after this upcoming season. After two rather disappointing years in the nation’s capital, Jan Vesely is desperately trying to leave an impression on Washington’s brass in hopes of keeping his NBA dreams alive.
He caught up with RealGM to talk a bit about his off season thus far and his expectations for this upcoming NBA season.
Vesely on his transition from Europe to the NBA: Coming from Belgrade to the NBA was very tough. But it’s life. It’s basketball and you have to adjust. I wasn’t playing much in the last two seasons, but I would do everything the same way again. However, I was working hard this summer as I was trying to get better and get ready for the national team. Of course, I tried to get more confidence too and I’m ready for the challenge.
His future with the Wizards: First, I have to fight for a position on a team. You cannot change the way you play, you have to play and that’s it. What I would like to improve? Everything. In last two years it didn’t work so I have to change something.
From the improvements he’s shown in the summer league, it’s evident that he’s put in the work necessarily for him to become a contributing factor in the NBA. He’s obviously still very raw, but I like the fact that he understands the needed improvement in his game.
I was surprised that Vesely noted about “having to change something”, especially since he’s been reluctant to change in the past. In fact, he’s even criticized the Wizards for their expectations of him in the past.
Washington is filled with bench forwards, so Vesely has to definitely do something different if he wants to separate himself from the group. If he continues to knock down the 15 foot jump shot, like he did in the summer league with consistency, he should be able to get some valuable playing time on the floor next season.
Besides the playoff expectations, the fight for roster spots after next season between the plethora of Washington’s young forwards is a storyline we should definitely look out for.
What are your expectations for Vesely? What would you like to see him improve? Let me know in the comment section below.