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Wizards announce final Summer League roster

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Wizards announce final Summer League roster

Washington announced its final roster for the NBA Summer League following the fourth and final day of mini-camp held at Verizon Center. Draft picks Kelly Oubre Jr and Aaron White along with ex-Terp Dez Wells headline the team that will play their first game Saturday.

2015 WASHINGTON WIZARDS SUMMER LEAGUE MINI-CAMP ROSTER

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Player

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

DOB

Yrs.

College/Country

Last Team

36

Jarrid Famous

C

6-11

240

7/16/1988

R

South Florida/USA

GlobalPort Batang Pier (Philippines)

50

Traevon Jackson

G

6-2

208

12/11/1982

R

Wisconsin/USA

Wisconsin Badgers

6

Damion James

F

6-7

225

10/7/1987

4

Texas/USA

Alaska Aces (Philippines)

33

Orlando Johnson

G

6-5

220

3/11/1989

2

UC Santa Barbara/USA

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (Philippines)

55

Shawn Jones

F

6-8

236

3/25/1992

R

Middle Tennessee St./USA

Sioux Fall Skyforce

14

Scott Machado

G

6-1

205

6/8/1990

1

Iona/USA

BC Kalev/Cramo (Estonia)

1

Toure' Murry

G

6-5

195

11/8/1989

2

Wichita State/USA

Rio Grande Valley Vipers

12

Kelly Oubre, Jr.

F/G

6-7

205

12/9/1995

R

Kansas/USA

Kansas Jayhawks

54

Jaleel Roberts

C

7-0

235

10/14/1992

R

UNC Asheville/USA

UNC Asheville Bulldogs

15

Scott Suggs

G

6-6

190

11/10/1989

R

Washington/USA

Chalon (France)

44

Dez Wells

G/F

6-5

215

4/15/1992

R

Maryland/USA

Maryland Terrapins

21

Jamil Wilson

F

6-7

230

11/21/1990

R

Marquette/USA

Bakersfield Jam

30

Aaron White

F

6-9

230

9/10/1992

R

Iowa/USA

Iowa Hawkeyes

* The Wizards list Oubre as both a forward and guard. Washington's first round selection should receive plenty of time playing at both spots and possibly as a stretch-4.

* At the start of camp Monday there was some hope that Wells could play his way onto the regular season roster. Perhaps that still happens, but the odds shrunk as the Wizards added more guaranteed contracts, reaching the maximum amount (15). The physical wing guard also suffered a jammed thumb at Thursday's practice.

* Quality point guard is always important when putting together a team on the fly. Toure' Murry was briefly with the Wizards last season. Scott Machado is a true pass-first point guard. 

*CSN Mid-Atlantic will be airing live coverage of Wizards Summer League games on the network as well as streaming online. The games will take place on Saturday July 11th at 8:00 PM, Sunday July 12th at 4:00 PM, and Tuesday July 14th at 3:30 PM. For more information on live streaming, please check out or FAQ

 

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How drawing up a play in the interview process helped sell the Wizards on Troy Brown

How drawing up a play in the interview process helped sell the Wizards on Troy Brown

While meeting with Oregon's Troy Brown during the pre-draft interview process, evaluators from the Washington Wizards issued him an on-the-spot challenge. Head coach Scott Brooks pulled out a dry-erase clipboard and a pen. He wanted to see Brown draw up a play.

This is a test Brooks has administered before to other players. Some have failed miserably.

"It sounds easy to throw a board at somebody in front of a big group and say 'okay draw a play' and I have seen many plays drawn, and I have seen it where there are not five players on the floor," Brooks said.

That wasn't the case with Brown. He didn't just draw up one play, he drew up several. One in particular came to mind when asked by reporters on Thursday night soon after the Wizards took him 15th overall in the first round of the NBA Draft.

“I think it was a situation where we were down by two or something like that," he said. "It was like a back screen into a slip, and then the fade three and they gave you a lot of various options to cause mismatches on the court for a last minute shot to either go ahead, or even attack the basket for a layup to go into overtime.”

NBC Sports Washington analyst Cory Alexander, a veteran of seven NBA seasons, demonstrated what Brown's play looked like on a whiteboard:

The Xs and Os of basketball flow effortlessly for Brown and Wizards' brass couldn't help but be impressed.

"He really understands the game. I think for a kid that is 18 years old, that is rare but he just has a good feel," Brooks said. 

"We were impressed with his character and the type of person he is and his basketball knowledge," team president Ernie Grunfeld said. "Obviously, like any young player, he has a lot of work to do but he has a lot of the intangibles that I think you need in today's game."

Smarts are a big part of what makes Brown a good basketball player. He isn't a particularly explosive athlete, with a modest 33-inch max vertical leap, but he boasts a 6-foot-10 wingspan and solid agility. Being in the right place at the right time and knowing how to operate an offense help him make the most of his natural abilities.

Passing is where his basketball IQ comes in handy. Brown is unusually good at distributing for a 6-foot-7 small forward. He averaged 3.2 assists as a freshman at Oregon and nine times had five assists or more in a game.

He can pass like a point guard and the Wizards are excited to implement that skill into their offense.

"Passing is contagious. We’ve been pretty good the last two years and with talking about that how we even want to take another step," Brooks said. "He has the ability to make a lot of quick plays and his ball handling is pretty good for a guy his size. That is one thing I was impressed in his workout last week or when we had him. He is able to take the contact and use his strong frame to get inside the key and make plays.”

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!