Explosive Rockets to provide Wizards intriguing test

Explosive Rockets to provide Wizards intriguing test
July 14, 2012, 10:35 pm
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LAS VEGAS -- Much of the intrigue surrounding the Las Vegas Summer League comes from seeing the hyped rookies or reliving NBA and college days gone by with a cavalcade of the vagabond names from yesteryear. Then there are the individual matchups. Against Houston on Saturday (10 pm ET), all the Wizards top players face tests against a Rockets squad loaded with five recent first round picks plus rising star Chandler Parsons.Start in the backcourt where Bradley Beal, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, squares off against former Connecticut star Jeremy Lamb. Beal, who tallied 22 points against Atlanta in the Wizards summer league opener, already faced a fellow first rounder in John Jenkins. Whereas the former Vanderbilt product is largely a one-dimensional threat, the 6-foot-5 Lamb brings length, scoring versatility and like Beal, plenty of offensive subtlety.Many considered the silky smooth Lamb the top shooting guard in the months leading up to the draft. However, a combination of UConns lackluster season, questions about Lambs passion and the rise of Beal, Dion Waiters and Austin Rivers bumped him outside of the top 10. Depending on the lineup, Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely could face any number of NBAplayers or toutedincoming options. The Rockets small forward choices include the leaping Parsons and the physically gifted Terrence Jones, a member of Kentuckys national title winning squad. Singleton and Parsons, named to the NBA All-Rookie second team last season, both started at small forward when the Rockets visited the Verizon Center in January. Parsons went for 8 and 8 that night and scored 16 points on Friday. Singleton, whoscored six points in that meeting, scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half against Atlanta.The 6-foot-9 Jones scored 17 points in Houstons 93-81 win over Toronto on Friday.
Arguably, the Rockets top performer in the previous win was Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas, who is making his way to the NBA after being selected in the first round last season. The 7-footer with range sank 11 of 13 shots include both tries from beyond the arc for a team-best 25 points.Royce White, the Rockets other 2012 first rounder, and former Kansas star Marcus Morris are also part of a truly deep roster that will send waves of talented bodies at Singleton and Vesely.Shelvin Mack and Tomas Satoransky dont exactly get off scot-free. Houstons point guard tandem consists of Courtney Fortson, who played sparingly for the Rockets last season, and Ionas Scott Machado, the NCAA leader in assists this past season.