Let's get right to them:
1. Kelly Oubre and Aaron White have their moments in the Vegas Summer League
The Wizards' first-round draft pick averaged 14.2 points and 6 rebounds in five games when they went 2-3, losing in the second round to the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. In addition, second-round pick Aaron White, as well as Scott Machado and Jarrid Famous also showed their moments. And for more reading, check out our Summer League section.
2. Oubre gives his best Otto Porter impression
I'll just leave this moment from Thursday's game here:
Kelly Oubre got Otto'd https://t.co/NEoManBAmS— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) July 17, 2015
I don't think it's quite as bad as Otto's moment last season, but Curry did make the shot.
3. Emma Meesseman is 4th for all frontcourt players in WNBA All-Star voting
The WNBA released All-Star voting results on Tuesday. No Mystics player was voted into the lineup. The closest was Emma Meesseman who was fourth in the East for frontcourt players. The Eastern Conference's frontcourt will be represented by Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever, Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream, and Tina Charles of the New York Liberty. The backcourt will consist of Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky and Shoni Schimmel of the Atlanta Dream.
In the West, the backcourt will consist of Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock and Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx. The frontcourt will have Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx, as well as Candice Dupree and Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury. Diggins tore her ACL last month, so she will be replaced by league president Laurel Richie next week.
The league released complete returns here.
Even though Meesseman didn't make the All-Star team as a starter, it's likely that she will make the team as a reserve when coaches will vote for their picks. In addition, there's a good chance that center Stefanie Dolson could be an All-Star reserve considering her strong performance this season where she's averaging 12.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
4. The Mystics would miss the playoffs if the season ended today
Just when the Mystics appear to be turning heads, they have momentum killing losses that may raise old wounds again about their lack of a surefire star and the 2013 Draft Lottery among other things. As of today, they are fifth in the East, albeit with a 6-6 record. That said, they are only two games behind the New York Liberty, and no Eastern Conference team looks appreciably better than another.
The Mystics will host two conference foes this weekend as they play the Fever tonight and the Sun on Sunday. Considering that Washington is on a three-game losing streak in an evenly-matched conference, this weekend consists of must-win games considering that they had aspirations of being more than just a playoff team.
5. Marcin Gortat and G-Wiz get inside Polish submarines
Last offseason, Gortat gave the Polish Army some love by getting inside a tank and brought Chris Singleton along.
This offseason, he's hanging out with the Navy as he gets in a submarine. He also took one of the Wizards' mascots along with him too.
Thx to G-man for being with us! pic.twitter.com/rT8FzoArq4— Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) July 13, 2015
6. John Wall says that he's ready to be the Wizards' leader
Wall spoke with Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post where he gave some insight on Paul Pierce's departure to the L.A. Clippers. He also embraces the new "undisputed leadership role he has:
It’s all on me now. I feel like it is. Going into my sixth year and having three great veterans in Trevor Ariza and Al Harrington and definitely Paul Pierce, those guys taught me to be a leader the best way you can be. And now I have to go in there from Day 1 and try to do what I got to do and do what those guys did in the past and lead my team.
As I mentioned earlier this month, it's great if Pierce returned. But his absence will allow Wall to put his leadership skills to the test that he would be less likely to do if The Truth stayed in D.C.
7. Wall's hand is healed
In another piece by Castillo, Wall mentioned that his fractured left wrist is now a-ok. Great to see that he's healthy, but I still wonder how that Hawks playoff series would have went if he never hurt it.
8. Finally, Wall is underpaid folks!
No, NOT THIS REGGIE JACKSON!
Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons will make $80 million over the next five seasons! He has made no All-Star teams, and he wasn't even a regular starter until he was traded to Detroit. That prompted Wall to say that openly to CSN's J. Michael in light of the money that Jackson and other free agents are receiving in light of the NBA's larger than expected salary cap increase.
That's all I have in this weekly mind dump. Enjoy your weekends everyone.