The Wizards matched-up against each other for two segments of 5-on-5 action in front of season ticket holders and media on Thursday night. That it was just the third day of training camp was clear, as jumpers on offense tended to clang and more experienced defense usually won out. A white team featuring A.J. Price, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, Emeka Okafor, Cartier Martin, Brian Cook, Earl Barron handled a blue team featuring Jordan Crawford, Martell Webster, Chris Singleton, Jan Vesely, Kevin Seraphin, Shelvin Mack, Shavlik Randolph, and Steve Gray 32-14 — the white team won each scrimmage segment 16-7. Below are the video pixels and scenes.
In this first clip, Okafor gets a relatively easy post catch against Seraphin, turns, and hits a soft-appearing but slightly flat jumper over Kevin. It’s a shot Okafor needs confidence to take. On the inbounds, Booker puts defensive pressure on Crawford and Vesely. Booker is a big guy, but Crawford barely makes an effort to create space, and then he gets on Vesely because he doesn’t initially execute the tough pass. Once on the other end, Booker steps up to help with Crawford’s dribble penetration — Booker and Ariza together make an intimidating defensive combination. The clip ends with what appears to be a very poor entry pass from Crawford into the post (the play is obscured by a coach on the sideline). The blue team turns it over, Beal picks up the leftovers, and he takes it the length of the floor to draw an And-1 against Crawford.
Price to Okafor
A.J. Price pushes the ball hard in transition, effectively using his teammate, Okafor, as an obstacle for the defense as they move down the court — it’s just about a legal illegal screen. Crawford and Seraphin struggle with defensive spacing, awareness, etc., and Price finds Okafor in the post for an And-1 (foul by Singleton, who is a very fouling dude).
Cook Book Hook
After some basketball action, the white team finds Booker in an isolation against Vesely on the left wing. Booker makes a nice dribble set-up, drop step spin move, and puts in the lefty hook (his strong hand) off the glass.
The clip immediately starts with Ariza making a transition layup thanks to tough defense by the white team; Singleton looks like he just got his lunch money stolen afterward. The white team presses, and the blue team breaks it, but the ball is in Vesely’s hands in center court. As Vesely gathers his dribble, a two-on-one chance with him and Seraphin against Okafor opens up. Someone from the sideline yells, “Score!,” but Vesely bails from the chance, dumps the ball off the Seraphin, who then kicks the it out to Crawford, who does hit the 3 ball. Still, Vesely and Seraphin made it really made it easy on Okafor, and Crawford’s not necessarily the ideal shooter.
Early in this clip Vesely allows Booker to much too easily get an offensive rebound (Vesely also got easily out-muscled for a rebound by Cook during another drill) . The white team then ends the possession with an ISO pull-up jumper off the dribble by Ariza against Singleton — the ball falls way short, highlighting the fact that the Wizards probably don’t want Ariza shooting many pull-up Js off the bounce this season. On the other end, Crawford over-dribbles, makes a risky pass to Webster, who actually drives to get a decent shot (but misses). Webster fights for his own rebound, goes down, but loses the ball, and the players sort of stop, but a whistle never blows. “Keep playing!!,” yells Ariza to Booker, who secured the rebound. So the white team gets the advantage in transition, Vesely tries to draw a charge against Beal (doesn’t get the call), and Beal dumps it off to Ariza who dunks while Vesely is sprawled on the floor. “None of that!,” bellows Price (more like, ‘Nunna-thATT!’), and Crawford ends the clip with an airball.
Beal Dunk at The Buzzer (well, slightly after)
A Price jumper over Mack comes early in this clip. Then Crawford does a lot of dribbling as the period clock runs down, awkwardly runs into Barron (it’s probably a foul), and the white team goes the other way with Beal dunking just after the buzzer sounds. And that’s that.