July 14, 2020

Washington Wizards Drop Summer League Opener to Suns without Wells


The Washington Wizards do not have one on their summer league roster that is a great scorer that can take over the game after former Terp Dez Wells was ruled out before the game, and later for the rest of the tournament, because of a sprained right thumb he sustained on the last day of the Wizards minicamp. Additionally, the Wizards likely  do not have a player who will be getting significant playing time during the season, as Kelly Oubre will be brought along slowly behind Otto Porter and Alan Anderson. On the other hand, the Phoenix Suns summer are filled with NBA talent including Archie Goodwin, Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, and Alex Len.

The Wizards had an extremely sloppy first quarter where they were outscored 20-9. Washington had nine turnovers in the quarter while just having one assist. Although the offense began to gain traction in the second quarter, but the Suns kept the Wizards from making a serious dent in the deficit. Washington was down 43-30 after the first twenty minutes.

The second half was better for the Wizards as they finally hit their first three pointer late in the third quarter after missing their first 13. Oubre started to become active on the offensive end with dunks and a 3 over Warren in the fourth. Washington was able to get to within three but at the end of the day, the poor shooting did not allow the Wizards to keep up with the talented Suns. The Wizards fell 87-73 in their Summer League opener.

Need To Know Facts:

  • Kelly Oubre finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds on a high volume of shots, 20. The dreadful 1 of 7 shooting from beyond the arc is likely an anomaly. Oubre was only credited with two steals and one block but his length was a definite factor in altering shots; his defense already looks to be pro-ready.
  • Aaron White showed flashes of NBA talent, although it is expected he will start his pro career overseas. White only finished with four points (both on putback dunks) but chipped in with four rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
  • Scott Machado, Jarrid Famous, and Scott Suggs each had 10 points for the Wizards. Famous was the Wizards only offense early, while Machado chipped in with a team high four assists. None are likely to make the Wizards team, but could be advertising themselves for a spot on another NBA team’s roster.
  • Suns Summer League Stars of Goodwin, Booker, Warren, and Len dominated with 71 points on 53 shots. Len could not be stopped in the paint while the others piled on from the free throw line.
  • Along with Wells, Wizards Toure’ Murray sat out of tonight’s game because of a right groin injury that he tweaked during a minicamp practice on Thursday according to the Post’s Jorge Castillo.
  • UPDATE: Wells will NOT be available for the Wizards for the entire summer league tournament because of his severely sprained right thumb. Big blow for the former Terps chances at making the Wizards or other NBA roster. Wells could look to go overseas or play in the D-League if he does not make a 15-man roster.

The Wizards will be back in action tomorrow at 4 PM EST against the D-League Select. With the loss of Wells, the Wizards will play the rest of the tournament with 12 players.

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