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REAX: Wizards Summer League Game 2 — Wizards Play Dollar Menu to D-League Selects

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Updated: July 12, 2015

[photo via @CSNWizards]

[photo via @CSNWizards]

Although the Wizards almost matched their Game 1 scoring output on Sunday afternoon against the D-League Select team, the game itself was zounds less entertaining. Even accounting for the now-depleted sheen of basketball’s return, Washington’s Game 2 loss was objectively painful fare. The Wizards, at one point, went more than an entire NBA quarter’s worth of action without a field goal, and generally couldn’t score unless it was on free throws or a putback of one of their many, many misses.

The Wizards shot 25 percent, going 18-for-72 from the field overall, 1-for-17 on 3-pointers, and 37-for-44 from the free throw line. Ultimately, the team scored the exact same number of points on field goals as they did on free throws. It was hideous, my friends. The Wizards might be the worst team in Vegas. The only reason this is a negative (bad Summer League teams can often indicate a better regular season team, though it’s hardly 1:1) is that due to the summer league format, the Wizards may only play five, rather than the maximum eight, games before being sent home.

This game was over in the second quarter, but let’s talk it out anyway.

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Jarrid Famous
25 mins | 21 pts | 5-7 FGs, 0-0 3Ps, 11-12 FTs | 10 rebs (6 off) | 3 stl | 0 blk | 2 TOs

Jarrid Famous’ efforts on the boards, especially the offensive boards, melted down into whatever gooey grilled cheese the Wizards were cooking against the D-League Selects. Famous was the only Wizard to shoot over 50 percent, and it was almost entirely off of traditional center work. He played bigger than anyone else on the court and was the sole Washington beneficiary of the deluge of missed shots from his teammates. The Wizards won’t sign Famous for the regular season, but after back-to-back double-doubles, both earned the hard way, he’s been the only player not drafted by the Wizards on this summer league team that could earn a training camp invite based on his play. After Hasheem Thabeet exited the game (ejected on what appeared to be back-to-back frustration-related technicals), there wasn’t a player on the D-League Select team that could match up with Famous. Defensively, Famous bullied players out of the lane and lured them into passing or taking jump shots.

Kelly Oubre
31 mins | 18 pts | 5-17 FGs, 0-5 3Ps, 8-10 FTs | 8 rebs (2 off) | 1 stl | 3 TOs

Oubre started off the game well, scoring four points in the first four minutes, both right at the rim. Then, after turning the ball over on a baseline bump, he deflected the ball nicely with the back of his hand (and with the help of eyes seemingly on the side of his head) on a sideline pass, followed the ball as it bounced the other direction, caught up with it, took some liberty with NBA traveling rules, and cocked back for a pretty impressive, perfectly showy slam. It is Vegas, after all, and Oubre is this summer league team’s Bette Midler. Again, Oubre missed most of his outside shots, and again he compensated well by getting to the hoop. What impressed me about his (generally uneven) performance was that Oubre has a pretty good understanding of the initial perimeter lane. He’ll need to work on navigating the final steps of the promenade, but he created several openings for himself that otherwise would have devolved into yet another frustrating non-possession in the hands of Washington’s point guards.

And man … the kid didn’t stop going at the rim all afternoon. On air with the NBA TV announcers, Randy Wittman commented that Oubre has plenty of confidence, and it shows in a really impressive way. Not in the ‘even though I missed ten shots I’m going to make this fadeaway jumper from halfcourt’ way, but in the ‘there’s another way to do this if my shot’s not falling’ way. Of course, on an afternoon when the Wizards needed outside shooting more than anything else, Oubre’s jump shooting (and particularly his 0-for-5 peformance on 3-pointers) was a disappointment. But the Harden-esque, no-way-in-hell-this-works drives that end with free throws put him in a different category than some of Washington’s more passive projects.

On defense, Oubre wasn’t as good as he was in Game 1, especially after the lead started to balloon, and on one occasion he let an opposing player get past him all the way to the rim without ever properly contesting the movement or shot. His six personal fouls were partially a product of frustration, as D-League Select players flew easily around the makeshift Wizards defense. Still, on the whole, another positive outing.

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  • Scott Machado should be better at this. The Wizards had six assists all game (Machado had 3 in 24 minutes), and D.C.’s starting summer league point guard looked more like Eric Maynor than the show-runner I expected. Machado had one very nice between-the-legs pass to Oubre that could have been a complete accident, but otherwise did an awful job finding guys in their spots. Instead, Machado generally swung the ball around the perimeter like he’d just thrown a guy out at first, and the Wizards too often had to force something with the shot clock running down. The summer league veteran missed all seven of his shots to boot, but did manage to get to the line for eight free throws (seven makes).
  • If Aaron White’s performance in Saturday’s game justified his selection with the 49th pick in the draft, his performance on Sunday showed why he needs a good, long year or two in Europe before being on an NBA roster. His attempt at skying for a slam was calmly, and rather mundanely, rejected by Thabeet early in the game, and White didn’t score until garbage time, on a wide open lay-in right under the rim. His four 3-point attempts were about 10,000 practice shots away from being on target (one sailed out of bounds, seemingly unconcerned with either the rules or goals of the game of basketball). On defense, White showed a little more promise, staying with opposing players well as they tried to lose him. And he crashed the offensive glass, as advertised, like a less careful Ryan Anderson. He has the frame and the athleticism to play in the NBA, but really needs to work on his range and ability to find open spots, either trailing the play or within a half court offense.

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  • Shawn Jones (of Middle Tennessee State fame) had a pretty nice game, scoring eight points and nabbing seven rebounds (four of which were offensive) in just under 14 minutes. But he also committed two bad turnovers during the same time. At 6-foot-8 with no outside shot, Jones is a limited player but plays bigger than he is.

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  • Randy Wittman talked to the NBA TV crew about his Summer League team and dropped some starkly anti-Wittman sentiments (if we’re talking about the Randy Wittman you knew and loved at the outset of the 2014-15 regular season). Wittman gave propers to Golden State’s style of basketball while validating his own reasons for playing the “copycat” with his own team. He was spot on when he said that fans will see a lot of smaller lineups next season. And it won’t just be the Wizards.

Notes

  • LaQuinton Ross has joined the Wizards in Vegas after Dez Wells and Toure’ Murry were forced out of action due to injuries. Ross hit a game-winner in Ohio State’s 2013 NCAA tournament run (advancing them to the Elite Eight off of a pass by Aaron Craft), but went undrafted in the summer of 2014. He spent last season in Italy.
  • Alan Anderson officially signed with the Wizards today, per a team release.
  • Romero Osby (18 points) balled the fuck out for 20 minutes off the bench for the D-League Selects. He went 4-for-5 on 3-point attempts, rebounded well, and seemed to control the game whenever he was on the court. He most recently played in Puerto Rico, but had a shot with the Orlando Magic last summer before being cut.
  • The Wizards play the Dallas Mavericks at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Jordan Crawford, playing with the Summer Mavericks, told TAI’s Adam Rubin that he won’t have any special motivation against the men wearing his old colors, but I don’t believe him. At all!

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Conor has been with TAI since 2012, and aids in the seamless editorial process that brings you the kind of high-octane blogging you have come to expect from this rad website. The Wizards have been an assiduous companion throughout his years on the cosmic waiver wire. He lives in D.C. and is day-to-day.