The Washington Wizards have completed a successful 2013-2014 NBA season, but there’s still work to be done this summer. NBA Summer League is key for developing younger players, and though the Wizards won’t add another player in the first round of this upcoming NBA Draft, they still have some talent on their roster that will participate.
Porter, who the Wizards selected third overall in last year’s NBA Draft, didn’t get much of a chance to play after he got injured prior to the beginning of training camp and actually missed the majority of his first NBA Summer League. Trevor Ariza‘s future with the Wizards is uncertain and Porter could potentially play a much bigger role for the Wizards next season. Summer League will be huge for Porter’s growth as it will actually give him a chance to play and gain confidence.
Glen Rice Jr. does not have a guaranteed contract for next season, but Summer League will also give him a chance to prove himself. The Wizards could use some added depth at the guard spot, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s back in a Washington uniform next season.
Here is what their schedule will look like. (H/T DistrictSportsPage)
- Saturday, July 12 vs Atlanta Hawks @ 4:30 PM EST in the Thomas and Mack Center
- Sunday, July 13 vs Minnesota Timberwolves @ 10:30 PM EST in the Thomas and Mack Center
- Tuesday, July 15 vs Miami Heat @ 6:30 PM EST in the Thomas and Mack Center
Every team is scheduled to play three preliminary games before being seeded in the tournament, which will determine the NBA Summer League Champion. The Golden State Warriors won the championship last year.
Summer League may not be as exciting as the regular season, but it will give us a chance to get a better look at some of the younger talent on the roster. Obviously, all eyes will be on Otto Porter and it’s important that he plays well before the actual season tips off.