Wizards Summer League Camp Featured Multiple Interesting Names

Prior to the start of the NBA Summer League, the Washington Wizards recently completed a brief “Summer League Minicamp.” The developments from this mini-camp, combined with the movements that wizards have made in the free hand and in the trade market, make for some interesting short-term notes.

Of course, most of the buzz will revolve around Wizards first-round draft pick guard Johnny Davis. That’s inevitable, and Davis will be doing his part to keep fans excited throughout Summer League.

Davis will be the group’s headliner for the entire tournament, but there are a few other players who could make waves. In the Wizards camp, some players stood out simply by their name, their talent or their CV.

Kris Dunn, who was the most familiar name to casual camp NBA fans, caught many people’s eye. While he won’t be playing in the actual summer league, it makes a lot of sense that Dunn would get the opportunity to work with the group and in front of the Wizards.

It could certainly lead to a partnership at some point. The Wizards are currently lacking a third point guard for depth purposes, and while a third point guard isn’t always needed, it’s something this Wizards group should have.

The two guards on the roster are both guys who have played behind certified starters for most of their careers. While there are many reasons to think they could be successful in a more reliable role, nothing is guaranteed.

Not only that, Dunn brings exactly what wizards are lacking as a roster at the moment. He was a lottery winner for a reason, and that reason was his defensive skills. During his NBA career, Dunn has averaged 1.5 steals per game despite only playing an average of 24.1 minutes per game. He’s both a chaos bringer in the fast lanes and a nuisance to enemy guards.

Other notable names who attended Wizards Summer League Camp

  • Vernon Carey Jr., F/C
  • Isaiah Todd, F
  • Devon Dotson, G
  • Pierria Henry, G
  • Chinanu Onuaku, F/C
  • Jaime Echenique, C

The first two players here, Carey Jr. and Todd, already have NBA contracts with the Wizards. Both were selected in the second round final picks in their respective draft classes. Carey Jr. was acquired in the Montrezl Harrell trade with the Charlotte Hornets. They’re young bigs who need to perform well in the summer league and offseason. The wizards aren’t deep in the five at the moment.

Dotson recently spent time with affiliate Chicago Bulls G-League. He was a highly respected candidate going to college a few years ago and was prolific in his time in Kansas. Dotson has played 22 NBA games over the past two seasons.

Pierria Henry is an interesting flyer for off-season camps. He has been in the EuroLeague for a number of years. He has proven to be a very good defensive player. The seedy guard might be a long shot to get a real NBA run anytime soon, but there’s no reason not to engage with players with skills like him.

Onuaku and Echenique are a couple of big centers who, if played well, could become longshots to fill a final roster spot. Onuaku was drafted 37th in the 2016 NBA draft but has only appeared in six NBA games since then. Echenique was at the Capital City Go-Go last season, where he averaged a double-double.

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