The Washington Wizards Summer League title hopes fell Saturday night at the hands of the Chicago Bulls. While it’d have been great for them to have won and play for the Vegas Championship, there’s much more important things to take from their time in Sin City.
Second year wing Kelly Oubre was named to the Samsung All-NBA Summer League Second Team. The youngster seemed more confident of himself and the work he’s put in this offseason prior to the team leaving for Vegas. Oubre averaged 19.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per contest. It’s definitely a good sign for Washington fans, after many felt he should have gotten more minutes last season under the previous regime.
Kelly had the ball in his hands a lot more, putting it on the floor and making plays in the pick-and-roll. That probably won’t be asked of him on an every night basis when playing with one of the league’s best playmakers in John Wall, but it was good to see him working on those things. His three point shot was hit or miss, but he took them with confidence and will be relied on to hit those open shots when needed. He was a pest defensively, showing those tools that got him drafted that high just a year ago. It was a nice showing for the young Washington wing.
Jarell Eddie also had a good showing, another player who should have received more playing time last season. Like Oubre, this looked much easier this go round. The sharp shooter talked about rounding out his game and working on being a better defender. Both of those were on full display during Summer League, he made a key steal late in a game that lead to the game winning layup. Eddie was more efficient on the offensive end than Kelly and that’s to be expected. He hit 46% from deep, averaging 15.2 points a game. More importantly were his 4.8 rebounds and 2 assists a contest. While those numbers aren’t exactly eye popping, they show that he was focused on areas of his game outside of shooting.
The last player that impressed was Danuel House, again it goes further than the box score. His ability to defend was a given coming out of college, but for him to stick in the league he’ll have to be able to contribute on the offensive end. House showed the ability to slash and get to the rim off the bounce, the most impressive thing was his ability to hit the long ball. Not exactly known as a good shooter, he knocked down 40% of his attempts from beyond. If he can consistently hit that shot, he’ll definitely boost his stock come training camp.
Summer League isn’t really geared towards post players, but some of Washington’s guys had decent showings. Michael Eric stood out the most on both ends, averaging 9.5 points and five rebounds a contes, he also protected the rim well (1.8 blocks per game). Daniel Ochefu did well on the defensive end as expected, he also struggled on the offensive end. Aaron White had a solid showing, but he struggled to find his shot. He did make it clear that he was the only true stretch four on the Summer League roster.