This summer Vegas was supposed to be a "second chance at a first impressions" for the likes of Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack. Last year with no summer league the rookies were thrown into the NBA pool without first getting proper training in shallower waters. This summer they got a chance for a "do over" and an opportunity to show what they can do against similar competition...and with only one game left in Vegas it hasn't been pretty!
For teams like the Knicks, Lakers, and Heat, summer league is a chance for these more defined teams to look at a bunch of players and try to find a player or two to fill out their roster or maybe give their late 1st rd pick a chance to be showcased. Do the Heat really care about how their summer league team does? No, and probably 3/4's of Heat fans have no idea that they have a team in Vegas right now.
This is not a luxury for teams like the Wizards, Bobcats, Cavs, Kings, etc... For these teams this summer league is a tremendous building block to their next season, as all of these bottom teams need not only their draft picks to play well, but also to look around for some "hidden gems" that might be able to make their team and impact the season.
For the Wizards their summer league experience looks all to similar to somebody trying to swallow a spoon full of cinnamon....ironic isn't it?
Shelvin Mack has turned the ball over 16 times and only dished out 12 assists.
Chris Singleton has made only 9 out of his last 26 shots
Jan Vesely has only shot the ball 31 times in 4 games
Bradley Beal, "the shooter" is 15 out of his last 40 from the field and shooting 72% from FT
That's it! Satoranksy has been exciting at times, but he was the 32nd pick in a very deep draft. This summer should have been a showcase of the young Wizards players. They have five players drafted amongst the top 34 picks from the previous two drafts. They have the 3rd overall pick from this past draft on the court with the 6th pick from last year's draft...that should be one of the most exciting young duos in Vegas! They have a veteran college guard who played in back to back NCAA Championships quaterbacking the team! They have drafted based on position, rather than BPA over the last two drafts. This team should be one of the best teams in Vegas based on their top 4-5 players alone..right?
However this is far from the reality. They have not played well. They have not filled out their roster with FA's that have a legitimate shot of making the roster in the fall. Who's been their best non-contract player? Shalvik Randolph...c'mon! This summer does not provide a spark of excitement to catapult their off season. What this does is show how much further the likes of Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton, Shelvin Mack, and even Bradley Beal will need to go before the Wizards season will go beyond 82 games.