LAS VEGAS -- The Washington Wizards lost to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday in the Las Vegas Summer League. Here are five observations from the game...
1. With the Anthony Davis trade now official, Monday's game gave us our first look at Moe Wagner in a Wizards uniform.
He didn't start, but logged 16 minutes and managed eight points. He didn't grab any rebounds.
All in all, it was a mixed bag for Wagner. He ran the floor well and was active on both ends. But he had some issues on defense. On several occasions, Wagner gave up buckets in the post or on plays where his man got past him. One play, Nicolas Claxton just bullied him to the rim for a lay-up.
It wasn't because of a lack of effort. Wagner clearly tries on defense, but guys like Rodion Kurucs, Claxton and Amida Brimah were giving him fits.
2. It was another slow start offensively for Rui Hachiura, the Wizards' 2019 first round pick.
He missed his first three shots and went scoreless in the first quarter.
Hachimura, though, settled in and dropped 11 points in the second quarter alone. He got going with a series of buckets around the rim, including one where he made a nice backdoor cut. He also hit a shot from about 15 feet out on a pull-up jumper.
Hachimura doesn't seem to be looking for his three-point shot at this point. It seems wise to let him fire away from outside in the Summer League, but he has stayed in the mid-range and around the rim.
Hachimura ended up with 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting with seven rebounds, a steal and a block. He went 7-for-8 from the free throw line. That was a nice improvement from his debut on Saturday.
3. Hachimura's defense showed some room for growth.
He had some trouble against the Nets' bigs, particularly Brimah who is taller and can jump.
Brimah caught Hachimura sleeping on a backdoor cut for an easy baseline dunk. It was a play where Hachimura was left in no man's land playing team defense. He took his eyes off Brimah for just a moment and paid for it.
Those are the types of plays the Wizards hope Hachimura can pick up on. If he can develop some defensive awareness, there is real potential for him on that end of the floor because of his length.
4. Issuf Sanon has some physical gifts that make his potential on the defensive end intriguing.
He is about 6-foot-4 and strong. Most 19-year-olds haven't filled out like he has.
Sanon is also quick. He does a nice job staying in front of point guards, one of the most difficult tasks in today's NBA. Sanon still appears to be a long way away from being NBA-ready on the offensive end, but defensively he is showing some real progress.
Justin Robinson and Corey Davis are also showing promise defending the perimeter. The Wizards' Summer League team has a tough defensive front, they just can't protect the rim very well.
5. The Wizards had a larger contingent representing them on Monday than they did for their first game.
John Wall, Bradley Beal, Scott Brooks, Jordan McRae and Thomas Bryant were back, and joining them were Ted Leonsis and Raul Fernandez of the Wizards' group of managing partners.
Leonsis said he was impressed with Hachimura's debut. He is in town to watch the team, but also to attend the league's governors meetings this week.
The Wizards, by the way, are currently interviewing candidates to add a new assistant coach to their staff, NBC Sports Washington has learned. They would like someone with a strong track record with defense.
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