Washington Wizards: Summer League Roster, Key Storylines
The Washington Wizards are a team that has been set in an almost default position of transition over the past few decades.
Sure, they had a nice run with the Gilbert Arenas led squads last decade and prior to that, they had a revolving door of talented yet flawed stars.
Today's team is no different. They have some truly astonishing talent, but there is no way of knowing how well those pieces will mesh with one another.
That being said, this week's Summer League offers a preview of some of that talent, and we will get a feel for how those pieces will fit together.
Most Intriguing Player: Bradley Beal
The Washington Wizards must have let out a collective roar when Charlotte pulled off a trade for Ben Gordon prior to the draft, all but assuring Bradley Beal to slip to them at the third overall selection.
Beal is the perfect fit for this offense.
He is big enough to help John Wall with bigger guards. He's also an amazing deep ball shooter, which makes up for Wall's deficiency in that area, and he's someone that can get out on the breaks.
The one caveat to watching Beal this summer is the fact that he doesn't have a point guard running next to him that has Wall's talent.
That being said, Beal should be the focal point of this summer's offense, and he should look good.
Player with Most to Prove: Chris Singleton
Chris Singleton was monstrously disappointing last year.
Despite starting 51 games, he never really found his niche and only averaged about five points and four rebounds per game.
Sure, he showed flashes of talent on defense, but his offensive numbers were pathetic.
For a mid-first round pick, he needs to show that he can do a lot more.
In Summer League play, athletic, defensive-minded players have a chance to shine due to the pickup league style of play that usually reigns supreme.
Player (Other Than Beal) That Is Likely to Shine: Jan Vesely
If Singleton has a lot riding on this summer, Jan Vesely might have even more. Vesely was drafted sixth overall last year, and, like Singleton, he was largely ineffective.
That being said, he did have better numbers than Singleton in relation to his minutes. In fact, he averaged over eight points and close to nine boards per 36 minutes.
Regardless, Vesely is athletically gifted, has excellent size and is 22 years old.
In the Summer League, guys that can get out in the full court and finish usually have great numbers, and that is Vesely's bread and butter.
Look for him to play very well, especially in transition.
Most Intriguing Talent: Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky was a steal when he fell to Washington in the second round.
He can't shoot well, but he does just about everything else. He has great court vision, can create his own shot and is very athletic.
He isn't the strongest guy on the roster, but with his length and court savvy, he could develop into a very good project.