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Summer League recap: Oubre saves best for last


Summer League recap: Oubre saves best for last

Kelly Oubre Jr. and the Washington Wizards left Las Vegas on a hot streak. We look at the first round pick's best game and recap the Wizards' six games in the NBA summer league.

  • The rookie forward scored 30 points in Friday night's 97-89 win over the Denver Nuggets in Washington's final game of the NBA summer league. Oubre struggled from the field and from angles for most of the six games, but not against the Nuggets, sinking 9 of 14 shot attempts including 5 of 7 from beyond the 3-point arc. Granted, the summer league isn't loaded with NBA quality shot blockers, but the lefty once again showed he isn't afraid to attack the paint off the dribble. Oubre also had four rebounds, three assists and only one turnover in 33 minutes. Click here for a highlight package of the kid from New Orleans who grew up in Houston followed by a one-year stop with the Kansas Jayhawks.

  • The 15th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft finished his first NBA summer league averaging a team-high 16.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.0 turnovers. However, even that final game surge couldn't make his shooting percentages look all that exciting. Oubre finished 38.4 percent from the field and 25 percent (8 of 32) on 3-pointers. He also took a team-best 40 free throws, shooting 67.5 percent.

  • If the lengthy wing makes an impact this season, it's likely going to come as a defender or rebounder. His per minute rebounding numbers at Kansas were rather impressive. Same for grabbing 5.7 in just under 30 minutes per games. The athleticism is obvious. The next step is honing his instincts and perimeter shot.

  • Scott Machado (10.5) and Jarrid Famous (10.2) were the only other summer leagues Wizards to average double figures. Machado, a true pass-first point guard and former Iona standout, also led the team with 3.8 assists and an 85.2 clip from the free throw. The rugged Famous grabbed 6.8 rebounds per game, second on the team behind Shawn Jones (7.8). Those three and wing Orlando Johnson impressed enough over the last two weeks to justify training camp invitations. Of course, the Wizards currently don't have any open slots on their 15-man roster.

  • While his stat line didn't impress, Aaron White showed flashes of potential throughout the event. Washington's second-round pick averaged 3.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 17.5 minutes while shooting 30.8 percent from the field. While Oubre at least some positive moments from deep, White never found his range, missing all nine of his 3-point attempts. The 6-foot-8 forward showed he can make plays above the rim and rebound, but also that he needs seasoning before becoming an NBA regular. Combined with the roster scenario and what's been said/reported since draft night makes it rather apparent that the University of Iowa product will indeed spend his first professional season playing overseas. Also note that like Otto Porter in 2013, White's team-first style isn't always conducive for a quickly thrown together scenario like summer league. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.

They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Jeff Green hopes NBA Finals experience with Cavs can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green hopes NBA Finals experience with Cavs can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green's basketball résumé got a significant boost this spring and summer as his Cleveland Cavaliers marched all the way to the NBA Finals before they were swept by the Golden State Warriors. It was Green's first time going past the second round of the playoffs and the experience, he says, was invaluable.

Green has come about as close to winning a championship without actually winning one and he certainly hopes to get back in that position. Green believes his new team, the Washington Wizards, have the tools to make a deep playoff run and it's one of the reasons why he signed a free agent deal to join them.

"Being there last year myself with Cleveland, I know it takes a lot. It takes a lot of pieces. I feel like this team has them," he said. "We can get back to that point. When I got the call, I felt like it was the best opportunity for myself to get there."

The Wizards' franchise has not been past the second round of the playoffs since 1979, when they were known as the Bullets. That was before anyone on their roster was born.

But Green pointed to the open Eastern Conference and the talent on the roster as reasons to believe they can accomplish some things that they haven't in decades. They may be capable, but putting it all together is easier said than done.

Green hopes to be one of the glue guys necessary for the Wizards to reach their potential, in part by sharing the lessons he learned.

"Never take it for granted. There are a lot of greats that have never been there," he said. "Getting to the Finals and being part of that was beyond amazing. With the experience and seeing what it took, I can bring that here and get everybody on the same page of knowing what it takes and the sacrifices that you have to do to get to that point."

Green over and over mentioned how it takes a collective effort to go to the conference finals and beyond, but he did show some self-awareness and a sense of humor about his own experience in Cleveland. All teams are different and the one he just left was a unique situation.

"You can’t get there individually. I mean, you can, we did last year. I mean, LeBron [James] carried us all the way there," he joked. "But there’s only one LeBron, but to get there you have to have team unity. You all have to be on the same page and sacrifice to make sure you’re doing what it takes to get the team there. I think that’s the biggest key. It’s not an individual thing… unless you’re LeBron."

If the Wizards are to reach their goals and go to the conference finals or the NBA Finals, they will have to do it differently than the Cavaliers did. They do not have a player on the level of James who can do much of it by himself. But Green said the process of imparting his wisdom has already started.

"I talked to John [Wall]," Green said. "Knowing that he wants to get to the Finals, I was just picking his brain and what he thinks is needed to get there. And me sharing my experience of getting to the Finals and what it takes."

The Wizards have reached a point as an organization where they have the urgency to reach new heights. Green believes he can help them get there.

Listen to our full interview with Jeff Green on the Wizards Tipoff Podcast: