Washington Wizards Unofficial 2010 Summer League Roster

CJ HempfieldContributor IJuly 2, 2010

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A few teams are beginning to publish their 2010 Summer League rosters.  As I am writing this, the Wizards are not yet one of those teams. 

However, unofficially, the roster seems to be taking shape.

Please note that the majority of this list was compiled by Scott Schroeder at Ridiculous Upside .  As this is an unofficial list, it is subject to change.

PG - John Wall , Jerome Randle , Sun Yue , Cedric Jackson

SG - Cartier Martin , Eric Hayes , Jon Scheyer (via @draftexpress )

SF - Raymar Morgan , Kyle Spain , Kevin Palmer

PF - Trevor Booker , James “Boo” Jackson , Michael Sweetney

C - JaVale McGee , Hamady N’Diaye

According to the Post’s Michael Lee , the Wizards Summer League squad will be without PF Kevin Seraphin , who continues to recover from a knee injury.

As it stands, this team has a nice mix, with JaVale McGee getting some work during the summer, a couple of 2009/10 Wizards trying to earn a spot on the team (Cedric Jackson and Cartier martin), newly drafted Wizards (Wall, Booker, and N’Diaye); D-Leaguers looking for a shot (Michael Sweetney and Boo Jackson), and finally, undrafted free agents.

Clearly, I, like everyone else, am looking forward to our first chance of seeing John Wall, Trevor Booker, and Hamady N’Diaye play for the Wiz—even if it is only the Summer League . 

So setting that aside, I am probably most intrigued by Sun Yue .  Since my days growing up idolizing Magic Johnson, I have been fascinated by big point guards.  And while the only thing that I will claim that Sun Yue has in common with the greatest point guard ever (IMHO) is his height at 6’9". 

Nevertheless, I am intrigued.

In 2007, he was drafted in the second round by the Lakers but was left overseas until 2008.

During an interview, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said the following about Yue:

“I spoke to Kobe last week, because Team USA played against China and Kobe said that he knew who the guy was. He said he was competitive and feisty and he did not back down.

"I know that he's athletic enough. I like his size, I like his skill level. I think he's a ball handling guard at 6'8". Those are all positives, but he hasn't played at this level and I think he'll show well, but the NBA is a different game. He'll face challenges he hasn't faced before, but I don’t think he'll back down.

"I think he'll embrace the challenge, and at the end of the day, if the guy is good enough after 28 days of training camp (and preseason), we'll know it and he'll make the team.

"It's not something that will be ferreted out in a week or two, maybe some guys will know in a week if they're good enough, but if you're with the team for 28 days, we'll know and he'll know too (if he's good enough).”

Ultimately, the Lakers waived him in 2009.  When the Lakers waived him , Mitch Kupchak said that given the talent currently on his team, he did not feel that Yue would get any playing time. He was picked up very briefly by the Knicks in 2009. Sun Yue has played for his national team and in both the ABA and NBDL.

Yue strikes me as a perfectly intriguing player, one that a team should provide with an opportunity during the Summer League.  It is not very often that you can take a peek at a 6’9” 212 lbs true PG who can also potentially play SG or SF.

However, Yue’s overall athletic ability, strength, and outside shooting touch were his main drawbacks when he first tried to break into the league—all very substantial concerns. 

This is the perfect place to attempt to get a feel for how hard he has been working on those deficiencies.  If he has, then this could be his opportunity to earn an invitation to the Wizards (or some other team’s) training camp.

When looking at the undrafted free agents, I am probably most intrigued by the competition that will likely develop between Maryland’s Eric Hayes and Duke’s Jon Scheyer. 

In many respects, they are identical players. While the Wizards will need players who can hit open threes, I don’t think that either will ultimately make the team.  It will be interesting to see them both battle to earn an invitation to training camp this fall.