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Kelly Oubre honored for his NBA Summer League work

Kelly Oubre honored for his NBA Summer League work

Looking for potential roster additions aside, the primary goal for the Washington Wizards' Summer League involved seeing growth from Kelly Oubre Jr.

As far as media members are concerned, mission accomplished.

Oubre, Washington's 2015 first round pick, was named to the All-NBA Summer League second team, the NBA announced.

The small forward led the Wizards in scoring (19.2), rebounding (5.6) and steals (1.8).

More than mere stats, the confident Oubre truly embraced the main man role in his second Las Vegas appearance. He took advantage of his 7-foot-2 wingspan on finishing drives at the basket and defensively by using those long arms to pick pockets. 

Despite improvements, Oubre remains a work in progress. His shot selection was suspect at times and he finished at 37.5 percent from the field including a mere 9 of 36 on 3-pointers. Defensively, Oubre still gambles more than desired, which led to averaging nearly fouls per game and opponents getting past him.

Still, the Wizards should be pleased with his development. Based on the current regular season depth chart, Oubre is poised for a sizeable role on the wing behind starting small forward Otto Porter. Finding consistency while working on those hoops instincts is the 20-year-old's next step.

Here's the entire first and second team. Minnesota's Tyus Jones was named Most Valuable Player. The Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls, who eliminated the Wizards from the Summer League Tournament on Saturday, meet for the championship Monday night.

All-NBA Summer League First Team
G - Tyus Jones (Minnesota)
G - Jordan McRae (Cleveland)
F - Bobby Portis (Chicago)
F - Ben Simmons (Philadelphia)
F - Alan Williams (Phoenix)

All-NBA Summer League Second Team
F - Jaylen Brown (Boston)
F/C - Thon Maker (Milwaukee)
G/F - Kelly Oubre Jr. (Washington)
G - Norman Powell (Toronto)
G - Tyler Ulis (Phoenix)


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Davis Bertans' incredible start to the season, by the numbers

Davis Bertans' incredible start to the season, by the numbers

Davis Bertans was on fire once again on Tuesday night in the Wizards' loss to the Charlotte Hornets, as the Latvian Laser continues his breakout season in Washington hitting threes at a historic rate. Here are some numbers to put what he is doing in perspective...


Bertans had 32 points in Tuesday's game, the ninth time he has scored 20 or more already this season. He had scored 20-plus points only three times previously in his career.


Bertans has made six or more threes in a game six times already this season, including four times this month. Before he joined the Wizards, he had done it twice as an NBA player.


Bertans is one of only seven players in Wizards/Bullets franchise history to make eight threes or more in a game. The others are Gilbert Arenas, Trevor Ariza, Bradley Beal, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rex Chapman and DeShawn Stevenson. Only Beal (nine) and Ariza (10) have made more than eight.


Bertans has made 92 threes through 23 games this season. The ony players who have made more through this point in NBA history are James Harden and Stephen Curry. The previous high for a Wizards/Bullets player was 72 (Arenas).


The 92 threes in 23 games has Bertans averaging four per game and on pace to make 328 on the season. Only two players have ever made 300-plus threes; Harden and Curry. The record is 402, by Curry in 2015-16.


Bertans has made four threes or more in six straight games and five or more in four straight. Both are franchise records. During this six-game stretch, Bertans is 36-for-71 (50.7%) from long range.


Bertans is making most of his threes on catch-and-shoot plays and leads the league in most related categories. He is tops in the NBA in points off catch-and-shoot plays (9.6/g), field goals made (3.2/g) and three-pointers made (3.1).


A whopping 70.8 percent of Bertans' shot attempts this season have come from three-point range. The next highest percentage for a Wizards player is 34.6 percent, by Moe Wagner.

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Ish Smith helps mop the court during a timeout

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Ish Smith helps mop the court during a timeout

As a guard, Ish Smith is asked to do a lot on the court. Pass, shoot, and defend, the Wizards need him to do it all in order to succeed. On Tuesday, however, Smith demonstrated another on-court intangible that isn't always seen from NBA players: cleaning.

During the final moments of what would be a 114-107 loss to the Hornets, the game came to a halt in order to mop up a wet spot on the court. Smith happened to find himself near the large mop under the baseline, grabbed it and began helping out the worker. 

Overall, it's pretty good form here from Smith. He bent his knees, extended his arms and had a solid motion with the mop. Smith finished the night with 13 points and five assists in the boxscore, but this sixth assist was his most innovative.