According to an article from our buddies over at Bullets Forever, the Washington Wizards have added former Oregon State star Jared Cunningham to their Las Vegas NBA Summer League team roster. The original news was reported by Ben Standig of Locked on Wizards/FanRag Sports.
The 24th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cunningham spent most of the years from 2012-2016 bouncing around the NBA and the NBA D-League, which included stints with the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, L.A. Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks. Most recently, during the 2016-2017 professional season, Cunningham has been flourishing as a member of Jiangsu Monkey King in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), where back in December, he dropped a ridiculous 74 points in a 148-129 defeat.
Of all the Beavers alumni out there not named Gary Payton II, Cunningham probably has the most legitimate shot to find a roster spot in the NBA, due to his past track record in the league and his prolific offensive abilities. A very athletic guard with a reliable jump-shot, Cunningham’s scoring exploits in China have only helped to develop his natural scoring knack, but he’ll have to outwork what is expected to be an excitable Wizards Summer League roster. An unofficial list of names that Cunningham will have to beat out for a roster spot at the guard position could include Central Michigan scoring machine Marcus Keene and Villanova folk hero Kris Jenkins.
The Las Vegas NBA Summer League will take place from July 7th to July 17th at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. The league will feature 24 teams from around the NBA and will be broadcast nationally across the ESPN family of networks. The league is expected to feature some of the top draft picks in this year’s NBA Draft, including the Philadelphia 76ers’ Markelle Fultz, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum and the Phoenix Suns’ Josh Jackson.