Wizards

Wizards

LAS VEGAS – Everyone has an agenda when it comes to summer league play, and it has to do with winning a job on an NBA team or convincing the team you’re already under contract with to grant you more playing time. Sheldon McClellan, who has a partial guarantee, is halfway there with the Wizards.

“It’s been a great experience. When I went undrafted I was kind of down on myself,” said McClellan, who was a late addition to the NBA draft combine in Chicago and has been doubted because of his lack of overwheming athleticism. “I felt like this was the best situation for me and the best program for me to help improve my game.”

The Wizards have skewed younger with the roster, with depth on the wing being the biggest question mark. Is Otto Porter capable of holding down the starting job he inherited last year? Is Kelly Oubre, who is playing summer league for the second year in a row, going to factor into the rotation? Can a 6-6 shooting guards such as McClellan show well enough to stick and if so in what capacity?

“Make defense a priority and just be active on the court. I know I’m not going to be called on to score a lot of points,” said McClellan, who averaged 16.3 points and shot 40% from three-point range as a senior. “That’s not going to be my role so I want to come in and bring the team a lot of energy, a positive reinforcement and things like that.

 

“I’ve always looked at myself as a defender. It’s not something I’m known for but I know my capabilities. … Play defense you stay on the floor a lot more.”