Happy Memorial Day everyone! Here are the top stories of the week as we head into the first unofficial week of summer.
The Mystics are leading the WNBA standings
The WNBA is just a week old, but the Mystics are leading the WNBA standings with a 4-0 record. Their most recent win came against the Lynx on Sunday which was a 90-78 affair.
Though the Mystics beat the Lynx, they started in their first three games against teams that made the lottery last season. Two of those wins were against the Indiana Fever, a team many predict will be the worst this season. If the Mystics beat everyone by double digits, I would be more excited about it. But they failed to beat any team by double digits and had to climb out of early deficits in each of their last two games. Still, four wins are four wins. I’ll take that any day.
The players who I am most impressed with so far are Tianna Hawkins, whose three point stroke is really coming along, and Ariel Atkins who has been a big boost off the bench for Washington on both ends of the floor.
The Wizards begin draft workouts
In the last two seasons, the Wizards’ draft workouts seemed to be going through the motions because they had no draft picks thanks to midseason trades and the like. But they started holding workouts this week with players who could be drafted in a Washington uniform next month:
- UCLA’s Aaron Holiday headlined the list of NBA Draft prospects on Wednesday.
- George Washington’s Yuta Watanabe headlined a group of six D.C. area college prospects on Thursday.
The point of these workouts take on a more significant meaning — even for the players who probably won’t get drafted. They are looking for players who could be on the G-League’s Capital City Go-Go next season, in particular for Thursday’s players.
And other stories from the week that was
- Wizards player evaluations are underway. Marcus Atkinson evaluated Markieff Morris’ season, Osman Baig evaluated Kelly Oubre’s,
- John Wall decided not to stick to “business tattoos.”
- Aaron White, the Wizards’ 2015 second round pick had a great season in Lithuania. Now, he really could make a role for himself in the NBA.
- The Wizards will need any “cheap roster help” they can get. Free agency will probably be a “bummer” for them.
- Bradley Beal didn’t get a single vote for the All-NBA teams. Bummer.
That’s all I have for Memorial Day Monday. Enjoy the rest of your long weekends everyone!