Washington Wizards Show Improvement During Summer League

By Jack Bolesta
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The Washington Wizards have had some great summer league performances despite their most recent 74-62 loss to the Sacramento Kings, which ended their chance at winning the tournament title.

Both second-year players Otto Porter Jr. and Glen Rice Jr. had their talents recognized this summer. Porter  was recognized as All-NBA summer league first team and Rice was awarded the summer league MVP. In just six games, Washington proved that they have continued to build off of last season. The team also proved that their second-year players have come a long way from their rookie debuts.

Since the Wizards lost Trevor Ariza and have gained Paul Pierce, Porter will be playing more minutes than last season. During the summer league, he proved he is ready to step into a more fitting role on Washington’s roster. In six games, he averaged 19 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Porter also shot 48 percent from field goal range. Porter may have to take the backseat to Pierce this upcoming season, but Pierce has the potential to be the leader that Porter needs to help continue the improvement of his game and skill level.

Without a doubt Rice deserved to be named MVP. He put on a truly great performance during this year’s summer league. He averaged more minutes and more points per game than any other player. In his six games, he averaged 25 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game. His performance earned him MVP award and puts his name up there with some other stars who have won the award. In the past, John Wall, Damian Lillard and Blake Griffin all took home the summer league MVP. Rice looks ready to take his game to another level this upcoming season, which will only help the Wizards continue on their road to success.

This year’s summer league was a good showing for Washington. I’m sure that Porter and Rice will both continue their success on the court once the season starts. The only way is up from here if you are a Washington fan.

Jack Bolesta is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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