The Washington Wizards wrapped up minicamp at Verizon Center on Thursday following one final afternoon practice, and the team announced all 14 players who particiapted in the four-day program would be on the roster when NBA summer league opens at the end of this week in Las Vegas.
No. 3 overall pick Bradley Beal headlines the group that includes second-round pick Tomas Satoransky and 2011 selections Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack. Vesely was the sixth overall pick last season, Singleton went 18th and Mack 34th.
The Wizards are scheduled to play five games in six days at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV beginning on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks.
“We threw a lot of stuff at them in these three, four days,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “Obviously they’ve got to play and learn to carry that over into game situations.”
Wittman will not be directing the team in Las Vegas, at least not from the bench. He’ll accompany the Wizards there but then delegate head coaching duties to assistant Sam Cassell.
With 14 players on the roster, Wittman and Cassell figure to have their hands full trying to accommodate playing time. The only certainty is all five roster players will receive ample minutes. Other than that, non-roster invitees such as Earl Calloway and Shav Randolph will vie for attention as they try to impress the coaching staff enough to be invited back for training camp.
“I’m not a big proponent of” taking 14 players to Las Vegas, Wittman said. “But the effort we got this week I thought was justified to reward these guys. I explained to each of them you can’t play 14 in a game, but we’ll try to rotate different guys that sit out a game and move those guys in.”
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