The Wizards play a little later on today and I'm getting ready to head over to the arena to check out the Minnesota-Phoenix game but here are a few quick hitters related to the Wizards and summer league in general.
-Portland rookie G Jerryd Bayless is hands down the best player out here. Last night, in a win over the Suns, Bayless looked like Allen Iverson as he sliced and diced his way to the hoop and found spots to get his shot off all over the floor. He took over late and finished with 36 points. The kid averaged 29.8 ppg for the week it and often looked easy. The key to his game is his quick first step and then his strength. He can bounce off of contact, maintain body control and still create a good shot attempt. I see that carrying over to the real games. You either have that or you don't.
-My othger favorite players from the week have been: F Anthony Randolph of Golden State (so long, so smooth, so left-handed), F Kevin Love of Minny (guy knows how to play. great passer, natural rebounder and knows how to get his stuff off. Will he be able to do that against the really long guys in this league?) and C Marreese Speights of Philly (Tough, smooth with either hand and a solid post game).
-Dominic McGuire has turned in a terrific week for the Wizards as has Andray Blatche. The most impressive thing about D-Mac is his much-improved mid-range game. He really worked on it this summer and it's showing. He's really busting it on defense as well. If he can continue developing, maybe he can be that backup 3 to Caron Butler this team needs.
-Former GW highlight reel man Pops Mensah-Bonsu has done some good things for Minnesota and could have a chance to stick there or someplace else. I always like me some Pops.
-Former Terp D.J. Strawberry had his hands full with Bayless lasl night (everyone has out here) but played a nice floor game for the Suns and the word is that Steve Kerr and company feel that he's a lock to make the team and possibly serve as Steve Nash's backup. I like his game. Explosive but always under control. It was interesting to see how Suns assistant Dan Majerle constantly chatted with him throughout the game. He's very receptive to instruction and takes control of the team when a play is called.
-Interesting to see Ernie Grunfeld and Eddie Jordan watch last night's Wiz game together. I hadn't seen them do that in the past though it's possible they have and I didn't notice.
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