If there were such a thing as an MVP award during Tuesday night's open practicesplit squad scrimmage, Jannero Pargo would have some extra hardware right now. The 33-year-old veteran point guard should no ill effects from his abdominal strain that kept out of action for several days, especially with his shot.
Midway through the first period (the scrimmage included three sessions, 10 minute, 8 and 5. Yes, I'm giving you more detail than you asked for, but that's why I'm here), Pargo took over offensively for the "gray" team.
The first of three straight baskets came off a crazy crossover dribble, setting himself up for an open jumper. After scoring on fast break feed from the increasingly decisive Shelvin Mack, Pargo knocked down a 3-pointer and then later he pulled up for another successful bomb from beyond the arc. His best shot of the period, a 40-footer that found the bottom of the net, came after time elapsed.
"Yeah, it felt good, got into a rhythm," said Pargo, who later tacked on another 3-pointer. "Everybody did a good job of letting me know the plays. I've been out for three days. It was a good team effort. Fortunately I was able to get hot."
For a team that ranked among the worst in the league with 3-point shooting, Pargo's production from distance surely proved thrilling - or at least as thrilling as made 3-pointers in a scrimmage can be.
Along with A.J. Price and Shelvin Mack, Pargo is part of the Wizards point guard mix as the team searches for a plan with John Wall out the rest of the preseason and likely the first month the regular season. Not only does his NBA experience double that of Mack and Price, his steady perimeter shooting is an element they others including Wall lack.
The newest Wizard also made an impression on the 2,100 fans on hand, many of whom probably entered the Patriot Center not knowing No. 7's name, but certainly did when they left.
After practice George Mason students were asked one by one to pick a Wizard they hoped would make a half court shot with free books the prize for a successful make. First pick, the new guy. Alas, Pargo's truly long shot went awry, one of few that did on this night.
Pargo, who also participated in the Wizards morning practice, played all three periods and did so with a protective wrap around his midsection.
"I feel pretty good. I wouldn't say 100 percent, but it's to the point I can practice. There is a little bit of pain, but I feel good enough to practice."