As detailed in our previous Go-Go update, The Capital City Go-Go is the G League affiliate of the Washington Wizards. Because the NBA has steadily increased its commitment to better utilizing its minor league system, we think it’s important for you to be aware of the next crop of players who could show up in a Wizards uniform!
After all, 16 players in last year’s NBA Finals had G League experience. That includes several who played prominent roles like Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Danny Green, Kevon Looney, and Quinn Cook.
How are they so far?
They are currently 6-6, which is good for 7th in the Eastern Conference. This team has been the definition of up and down as they have basically alternated between winning and losing each game.
Their last two losses were each by one point and easily could have been victories. Convert on those two games, and this season would look totally different so far. It is a positive sign that they won their most recent game (also a seesaw affair) against the Canton Charge, 113-108. The Charge are 8-4 and second in the conference so that’s a really encouraging win for the team. The Go-Go were without leading scorer Jalen Jones in that game as well.
What’s up next?
Their next game is against the College Park Skyhawks (5-6) on December 11 at 7pm. The two teams played on November 27in Washington, which the Go-Go won 118-110.
Most recent starting lineups
With the nature of the two-way player and call-ups, G League lineups are generally more volatile than in the NBA. In their most recent game, the Go-Go started Jerian Grant, Justin Robinson, Jalen Hudson, Admiral Schofield, and Mike Cobbins. Anzejs Pasecniks played the majority of the center minutes in this game and looked very solid.
In the previous game, a 110-109 loss to the Delaware Blue Coats, the Go-Go started Jerian Grant, Garrison Mathews (his first action of the season), Jalen Hudson, Jalen Jones, and Mike Cobbins.
Who looks the most like an NBA player?
In terms of production, the answer would have to be Jalen Jones. Jones, a 6-foot-7 forward, is averaging 20.1 points and 8.3 rebounds. He is also shooting 36.4-percent from the 3-point line on 4 attempts per game.
In terms of the eye test, Jalen Hudson, a 6-foot-6 forward, certainly looks the part of an NBA player at times. Consistently producing rather than just showing flashes will be big for Hudson. He is averaging 13 points and 3.5 rebounds. Most encouraging, however, has been his 45-percent 3-point percentage on 4.3 attempts.
Who could help fill a role for the Wizards?
The Wizards are in serious need of shooting from the small forward position. C.J. Miles, the best shooter of that group, has been sidelined with an injury. Both Troy Brown Jr. and Isaac Bonga bring unique skills to the table but neither is much of a shooter.
We already mentioned what an athlete Jalen Hudson is but most encouraging has been his 45-percent 3-point percentage on 4.3 attempts. If Hudson can put it all together, he projects as the type of 3-and-D wing that every NBA team would love to have.
Who is most likely to actually be called up?
Given the shortage of available large bodies for the Wizards recently, I think it might only be a matter of time before they consider giving Pasecniks a chance. At 7-foot-1, he is at the very least another big body. If Bryant misses more time than expected and Mahinmi is unable to play back-to-back games they might have no other choice. He is averaging 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks so far this season.
Chiozza, Robinson, and Schofield are all obvious choices as they have been bouncing back and forth between the two teams already.
Jerian Grant was a late addition to the roster, joining the team 8 games ago. He has since started 6 games, averaging 17.4 points, 4.1 points, and 4.3 assists. The DeMatha High School Grad is shooting 39.3-percent from 3-point range on 3.5 attempts. Listed at 6-foot-4, Grant is the biggest of the point guards on the roster. He also has legitimate NBA experience, which should be a benefit to some of his less experienced teammates.
Updated prediction for the rest of the season
During our pre-season preview, we predicted the Go-Go would be somewhere around .500 and have not seen enough so far that would drastically alter that prediction. Considering they are 6-6 so far, it seems like we were pretty on the mark about this team.
Stat to watch
In our early season update, we emphasized the importance of 3-point percentage. Given how the Wizards are trying to push the pace and spread the floor, we still feel like this is a key metric to keep an eye. For the season, the Go-Go are shooting 34.8-percent from 3 and are holding opponents to 33-percent. It may not seem like a big differential but for a smaller, guard-oriented team, the Go-Go need to outshoot teams.
A bit more concerning are the block and rebound differentials. Opponents have 80 more total rebounds than the Go-Go and have blocked 30 more shots. Considering that Pasecniks and Mike Cobbins are the only real big men on the roster, this isn’t a surprise. For them to go on any sort of a run this season, they will need the bigs to really outperform their opponents.