Undoubtably, the biggest winner of the Washington Wizards’ Summer League was Patrick Baldwin Jr
Coming into the Summer League, Patrick Baldwin Jr was expected to be a catch and shoot specialist and a defensive liability. Not only has he proven he can do more than just catch and shoot, but he also looked like a quality NBA defender.
On offense, Baldwin Jr created looks for himself off the dribble time and time again, he also continued to be great off the catch. He even made some impressive reads with playmaking, making his offense a muti-layered attack and something the Wizards should look forward to.
One defense, he impressed even more. His timing was far improved from last season and as I’ve said many times before, he seemed far more involved both physically and mentally. This is a development that might make him a huge gain for the team as he was only a throw in last minute to the Chris Paul for Jordan Poole trade.
Patrick Baldwin Jr’s emergence in the Summer League will inevitably lead to him getting at least quality rotation minutes for the Washington Wizards early on in the season. He may even have an opportunity to compete for a starting role at some point in the year.