Wizards' players and coach Flip Saunders claim there is a different vibe at training camp this year.
Maybe it's because they remember what 59 losses felt like a season ago and they want better results.
"I think the biggest thing with young players is that when theyre young they start making developments when they learn to play with a purpose, not just to play, and I think they are playing more with a purpose," Saunders said.
Saunders specifically noted that young center JaVale McGee is having a solid camp.
"We just need to continue to work on him being disciplined and to do the things he can do really well," Saunders said.
One of those things McGee can do well is block shots. So far the 7-footer is swatting balls left and right in drills and scrimmages in training camp. Last season McGee averaged 2.4 blocks a game and will almost certainly increase those numbers.
Offensively, McGee said he has recognized the need to get better on the block with his back to the basket.
"It's been left jump hook shot and right jump hook shots all summer long every day," McGee said. "There aren't any plays for me on the outside so if I expect to be a force on offense I definitely have to become a better player on the block."
McGee, entering his fourth NBA season, averaged a career-high 10 points a game last season.
If McGee can continue to mature and develop on and off the court, the Wizards will almost certainly increase their win total from a season ago.