The Washington Wizards beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 77 - 75, in the Wizards' final 2012 NBA Summer League game. This brought the Wizards' final record for the 2012 Summer League to 3 - 2, with victories in their last two games.
The Bucks led for most of the game, jumping out to a quick 16 - 6 lead early in the first half. Washington, after losing forward Jan Vesely to an ankle injury only 1:53 into the first quarter, managed to tough it out and stay competitive, eventually coming back to tie the game late in the third quarter. The key cogs were Bradley Beal (18 points on 7 of 13 shooting to go with 6 rebounds) and Chris Singleton (10 points, 2 steals, 3 blocks), who fueled the team's comeback and were largely responsible for them being in the game at all. Beal shot decently from the outside, but he feasted on layups and got to the basket almost effortlessly. He also played solid defense and was all over the floor, showing a much greater motor than a typical skill player. Singleton had some issues with fouling and didn't have the dominant offensive game that Beal did, but his contributions may have been just as vital to the final outcome of the game. Singleton was all over the floor on defense, erasing numerous breakdowns by the team with his help defense and tenacity. He needs to play with a little bit more control, but his motor and intensity in a meaningless Summer League game is refreshing and highly admirable. He also showed a bit more polish on offense, shooting well, hitting some difficult shots, and even getting to the line after slashing to the basket on a key late game play.
Vesely's injury was scary, as he rolled his ankle and it was almost immediately announced that he would not return to the game. However, he stayed on the bench and the injury didn't seem particularly severe, so it's unlikely that it becomes an issue, especially by the time the 2012-2013 season begins.
Overall, it was a solid team effort, at least from the players - Beal, Singleton - who really mattered, and as long as Vesely's injury isn't severe, this game shouldn't be looked at as anything other than a success for the team. Some notes after the jump.
- Beal looks good handling the ball and is great at drawing contact around the basket. He's a lot more skilled than any 19 year old has any right to be.
- Singleton, as usual, is great at transition defense. You've got to love those chase down blocks.
- Tomas Satoransky looks athletic and like he can handle a bit, but doesn't seem like a point guard, more a playmaking shooting guard. He'll get assists, but they'll probably be drive and kick ones, as opposed to the
- Shavlick Randloph rebounds well, but he's indecisive with the ball. He seems like he technically knows what to do, but he doesn't play instinctively. Still, he's a big enough body that he might be worth inviting to camp this Fall.
- Singleton hit some more spot up shots, a nice floater in transition, and even a pull up jumper off of the dribble. He's still not someone you want trying to do a lot with the ball, but he's definitely looking a little bit more polished.
- Beal and Singleton led the surge in the third quarter where the Wizards finally came back to tie the game. Beal in particular looked fully capable of stepping up and being the man at this point. His off the dribble game is much better than it was advertised as, and he has very good body control around the basket. Almost reminded me of a cross between Brandon Roy and Stephon Marbury.
- That said, Beal's jumper doesn't look quite as pure as we'd hoped.
- Tobias Harris had a nasty slam early in the fourth. Brandon Jennings is probably going to have a lot of fun throwing lobs to him and Larry Sanders this season.
- Steven Gray, a Gonzaga alumnus who played overseas last year, brought back visions of Nick Young with both his 'fro and his spot up shooting.
- Shelvin Mack just looks bad, and not in a he's-raw-but-has-potential way but rather a when-did-chris-duhon-join-the-wizards way. He didn't look terrible at anything, but he could barely handle the ball and wasn't able to create shots for anyone else. I doubt he ever gets guarded by him, but Avery Bradley would eat Mack alive.
- Singleton hit two very clutch free throws - which he got to take after salvaging a broken play - to put the Wizards ahead by 2 late in the fourth. Nice work, my dude.
- Beal's really a lot longer and more athletic looking than you'd think. He's not quite Dwayne Wade since no one is, but he's closer to that type of player than the Ray Allen clone he was projected as. He may or may be a great defensive player at the pro level, but he has the tools to be very solid.
- Singleton also had a nice transition block to prevent the Bucks from tying late in the game. He's really stepped it up today.
- Other than Singleton, everyone was very good about not fouling. I don't know the accuracy of this, but one of the commentators mentioned that he didn't think the Bucks took a free throw in the entire second half.
- Surprisingly, there were no demonstrations in support of Andray Blatche.