LAS VEGAS -- The final result in a summer league game isn't of much consequence. But there are some things that can be gleaned from the Wizards' two draft picks, Kelly Oubre and Aaron White, in Saturday's 86-77 loss to the Phoenix Suns to open play:
- Oubre's athleticism is real. The Wizards moved up to get the No. 15 pick and the wiry, 6-7 small forward stood out with his leaping and his quick second leap, too.
- Oubre's defense is far ahead of his offense. The Wizards expect him to take a couple of years to fully develop into the wing player who can stretch the floor with his three-point shot. Oubre missed 6 of 7 long-ball attempts -- all misses were short -- but he wasn't shy. He finished 8 of 20 overall for a team-high 20 points. Most of his buckets came from transition plays and attacks on the basket that resulted in foul shots (3-for-7). His active hands in passing lanes produced two steals and he grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in 27 minutes.
- Oubre still has a ways to go in creating for others. He started at shooting guard much like Otto Porter, also a small forward, when he was a rookie here. There were several trips in a 2-on-1 transition when Oubre had the ball and would've been better served giving it up to make the defender commit to open up himself for the return pass for the easy finish. Instead, he kept the ball and was closed out easily as the Wizards failed to score. After the game, he admitted his coaches pointed this out to him, too.
- White didn't show three-point range (0-for-2) but he possibly can be more than a catch-and-shoot small/power forward. He freed himself with pump fakes when he was being run off the three-point line and had the ball-handling to get higher quality shots.
- White's athleticism, which opened eyes for some when he worked out for the Wizards before being chosen late in the second round, is understated. His only two field goals came when he crashed the offensive boards for putback dunks. White may be a bit undersized but given the small-ball direction of the NBA could prove to be an asset down the line.
- Oubre has to develop a right hand. He's left-hand dominant and when he gets to the next level, against bigger, stronger and smarter defenders, he'll have more trouble.