The Washington Wizards time in the Las Vegas Summer League tournament came to a close Thursday evening in a 97-81 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Wizards kept it close, thanks to solid performances from Scott Machado (17 points, 3 asssits) and Shawn Jones (12 points, 11 rebounds). They'll close Summer League action against Nuggets in the consolation bracket Friday night at 10 p.m. EST.
Here's what we noticed in the Wizards' final game in Las Vegas:
Oubre struggled as the go-to defender
The Wizards played Kelly Oubre off-the-ball more against New Orleans so he could save his energy for the defensive end to guard Seth Curry. Oubre seems like the most logical choice to guard Curry with his size and length, but it had two negative effects on the Wizards.
Defensively, he did a good job of keeping Curry from getting where he wanted, but like his brother, he can still make you pay from unconventional spots on the floor. He hit three bank shots from the free throw line extended, just because he could. Even though Oubre did a good job, he was put in a position where he would get discouraged because Seth Curry is just impossible to guard at this level.
What's more concerning was how Oubre's offense suffered. Shifting him off the ball made it harder for Oubre to get engaged on the offensive end and it affected his scoring and rebounding. He didn't score and only took two shots in the first half after averaging 14.8 shots in his first four Summer League games. In the second half, the Wizards did a better job getting him involved offensively and it helped him get out of his funk without sacrificing too much on the defensive end, with one minor exception:
Oubre finished with 10 points.
Aaron White is poetry in motion
The Wizards' 2015 second round pick had another fairly quiet game, but came through with one nice layup where he had contort his body through traffic. HIs ability to make adjustments at full speed to get shots off is a sight to see. If he can get more comfortable on the perimeter next year in Europe, he could turn himself into a useful player.