With their training camp stay in Richmond, Va. nearing its end, the Wizards held an open practice for fans on Friday night at the Siegel Center on the campus of VCU, allowing local Wizards fans to see their favorite players (and cheerleaders) up close and in-person. In addition to the current roster, there were Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Michael Jordan jerseys peppering the bleachers of a packed house.
Though the Wizards were technically practicing, much of it was a performance. The music was loud and so were the dunks as Wizards players showed off every chance they could.
That was never more evident than when they held a dunk contest featuring the youngest and least experienced players on the team. Chris McCullough, Sheldon Mac, Carrick Felix and Tomas Satoransky participated and all put on a show.
Here are some of the best dunks...
Sheldon Mac with a nasty dunk. pic.twitter.com/iw7QY10Enp— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) September 29, 2017
Air Sato. pic.twitter.com/qYMvP4si3T— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) September 29, 2017
Tomas Satoransky 😳 pic.twitter.com/a7lM8jvojE— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) September 29, 2017
Carrick Felix won the Wizards dunk contest. Here is one of his slams. pic.twitter.com/VnoLWNtkDa— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) September 30, 2017
Carrick Felix can get UP.— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) September 30, 2017
🏆 🏆 🏆 pic.twitter.com/QhhPMVftHl
As you see in the tweet, Carrick Felix won it all. For more on Felix, check out the latest Wizards Tipoff podcast.
Before the dunk contest were introductions...
In here.— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) September 29, 2017
📍 Richmond, Va. pic.twitter.com/hYdWuLNTHR
... and an open practice. Tim Frazier (groin) and Mike Scott (rest) did not play, but it was an entertaining game. Head coach Scott Brooks had Jason Smith playing a lot at power forward, which could be a preview of early in the season when Markieff Morris is out. Bradley Beal was playing some point guard opposite John Wall with Frazier out.
"Brad has really developed his ball-handling from last year even to last year. We want him to continue to be a playmaker," Brooks said.
Brooks was impressed with the turnout and atmosphere at VCU.
"I want to thank the city of Richmond because the turnout was unbelievable. I thought last year it was terrific, but this one even surpassed last year," he said. "It's one of the best open scrimmages I've ever seen. Usually it's one-sided, but it was really competitive."
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