Xavier Silas has been signed by the Washington Wizards and is in training camp with most likely the thought that he’ll be given an outside chance for a roster spot if he’s at the top of his game and catching a few eyes.
If that’s the case, Silas will have to impress the Wizards with his shooting ability. His NBA background is slim and unimpressive but he could have some impressive games that are enough for the Wizards to give him roster spot. Right now, his impact on the team wouldn’t appear to be that strong.
He’s 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, and had just two games with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011-12 and averaged 5.5 points and 2.0 boards per game. He had to overcome a concussion sustained in 2012 Summer League action.
Silas played at Northern Illinois University and did not get drafted despite finishing sixth in the nation in scoring. But with hopes of having an NBA career, Silas played two seasons with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League and averaged 10.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 73 games. He played Summer League basketball in Las Vegas with the Milwaukee Bucks.
He’s now one of 19 players in the Washington training champ and will have to show the Wizards he can be a reliable backup shooting guard. He can also play at power forward which will give the Wizards some options in the preseason.
Silas does have some shooting skills and the Wizards are looking for players to give them depth. A solid training camp could mean the start of something great for Silas. If he has a solid preseason, but the Wizards figure they’re set with their roster, another team might show an interest in Silas.