The long and arduous three-game wait for the Wizards' first Summer League victory is finally over, as Washington took out the Sixers 87-75 in their Las Vegas regular season finale on Monday night.
Okay, the final result is pretty much meaningless, but once again they saw impressive games from their top prospects.
Troy Brown, Jr., Devin Robinson and Thomas Bryant outshined the Sixers youngsters to combine for 61 points.
Here's analysis of the Wizards' win...
Robinson is coming into his own: What a difference one year can make. Robinson, who spent most of his rookie season in the G-League, has returned to the Summer League a noticeably better player. He was borderline dominant in this one, finishing with 22 points in just 30 minutes.
His efficiency was remarkable as the Sixers had no answer to stop him. He made 8-of-10 shots from the field, including 2-for-4 from three. He also had two assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block.
Much of what Robinson is doing is rooted in his superior athleticism, but some of his developing skills are shining through. He is much more adept off the dribble and is even working in a stepback jumper. He's still workshopping it, however, as one of his stepback shots resulted in a traveling call.
Robinson can fly down the court and is aggressive attacking the rim. With his length and rare leaping ability, he is putting a lot of pressure on opposing defenses in the lane. And his ability to step out and hit threes has been a big asset for the Wizards.
This was one of his best plays on Monday, a corner three to beat the shot clock buzzer:
Brown stuffs the stat sheet: It was another strong outing for Brown, who put up 23 points to go along with eight rebounds and two assists. He even hit his first three of the Summer League, a stepback triple from way outside:
One thing that continues to stand out about Brown is his touch around the rim. He has a nice hook shot and floater. In this game, he knocked down a sweet runner from about seven feet out midway through the third quarter.
Another thing that Brown has shown is a willingness to take risks passing the ball. Sometimes that results in turnovers, but he is always trying to thread the needle and it's going to result in some highlights when he connects.
Brown, for the record, thoroughly outplayed Zhaire Smith, the guy picked one spot behind him in last year's draft. Smith was a non-factor with two points in 23 minutes on 1-for-9 shooting and two turnovers.
Young Bryant has a high I.Q.: It's tough to project what Thomas Bryant can do for the Wizards in the NBA next season by watching these games because he has such a size advantage over many of his opponents and is playing in his second year in the league. Some of the stuff he is doing around the rim might be easily defended by veterans in the NBA.
But what is clear about Bryant is that he is a smart player for his age. He doesn't make the dumb mistakes one might expect from a 20-year-old known for his athleticism and high ceiling. He is fundamentally sound and seems to know his limitations and stay within them.
Bryant had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the win. His best play was this block:
Kendley can fly: Tiwian Kendley, an undrafted guard from Morgan State University in Maryland, has shown he has the athleticism to belong at the NBA level. He didn't have a great game, as he scored nine points but needed eight shots to get there, but there's no question the guy has speed and can leap.
Kendley blows past defenders in the fastbreak on the regular and on this play finished with a nice slam:
His athleticism alone may be reason to give him a spot on the G-League roster, just to see what he turns into.
MORE WIZARDS NEWS:
- Summer League: Full NBA Rosters
- Best in the East: Ranking the 10 best players
- Big Moves: Is Dwight Howard still in his prime?
WIZARDS TIPOFF PODCAST:
NBC Sports Washington is on Apple News. Favorite us!