LAS VEGAS -- The best game that Jarell Eddie has had with the Wizards in summer league came Tuesday, when the 6-7 shooter had a steal with the score tied and went end-to-end for the winning layup against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Wizards (2-1) came from behind in a game they trailed by double digits as Eddie (16 points) showed that he was more than just a shooter. He put the ball on the floor and got to the rim, finished plays and was better defensively which had been a weakness when he was signed in the middle of the 2015-16 regular season.
"I like his energy on both ends," Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe said.
Putting intense pressure on the ball, Kelly Oubre (16 points, six rebounds) found himself diving to the floor twice in the waning minute, and that led to a helpside steal by D.J. Cooper for a layup to trim the deficit to 85-83.
"You can see where the lights coming on," Lowe said. "He's trying to expand his game some so we're allowing him to do a few more things. The most important thing for him is to play hard and to play smart. If he can do those two things, his talent will take care of the rest. If you don't play hard and smart, then your talent doesn't matter."
Aaron White (10 points, six rebounds) had his best game of the tournament, including a dunk off an inbound play to tie the score at 85. Danuel House (13 points, five rebounds, Shawn Dawson (nine points), Sterling Gibbs (seven points, five assists) and Micheal Eric (five points, six rebounds, two blocks) all contributed heavily to the comeback. It was an 8-0 run to close the game.
Brooklyn's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (19 points) led all scorers.
Low price, high value: Eddie's evolution makes him a bargain at $980,000 for the 2016-17 season but there hasn't been any indication given that he'll be kept around just yet. That decision should come soon, but he's a shooter and he's getting better and could be adding more layers to his game. If the Wizards let Eddie walk, he won't remain a free agent for very long.
Time earned: Expect Dawson to get more playing time. He showed well in 16 minutes as he made 4 of 5 shots and was able to finish through contact in the paint.
Still in charge: Eric's stats weren't eye-popping but his shot-blocking presence in the paint aided the late run. Daniel Ochefu was the backup again and didn't make a field goal in 17 minutes. Eric has done nothing to hurt his prospects and will be on an NBA roster somewhere. The same probably goes for Danuel House (13 points, five rebounds).