As detailed in our preview article, 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 undefeated…although they have only played one game so far. On November 9, the Go-Go defeated the Grand Rapids Drive, which was 28-22 in 2018-2019. Jalen Jones lead the way with 30 points and 7 rebounds and was extremely efficient in the process (10-14 from the field). Chris Chiozza and Admiral Schofield, who have both spent time with the Wizards already this season, each scored 20 points. Schofield added 12 rebounds and 3 assists, while Chiozza recorded 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The Drive, as the G League affiliate for Detroit, featured two players drafted by the Pistons: Sekou Doumbouya and Jordan Bone. Doumbouya, their first-round pick, was a name frequently mentioned as a potential target for the Wizards. He recorded 18 points and 3 rebounds but still looked very raw, especially considering how polished Rui Hachimura has looked so far.
What’s next: Their next game is tonight, November 13, at 8 pm against the Wisconsin Herd in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Herd were 12-38 in 2018-2019 and are 1-1 so far this season. The Herd is led by two players with legitimate NBA experience: Dragan Bender (19 points, 6.5 rebounds) and Frank Mason (18 points, 3 assists). Jemerrio Jones, who had a short stint with the Wizards, is averaging 6.5 points and 14.5 rebounds.
Who looks the most like an NBA ready player: Based on both statistics and the ever-reliable “eye test,” Jalen Jones has looked like he could contribute at the NBA level. Jones, a former G League All-Star, showed off of a combination of skill (4-6 from 3-point range) and athleticism (quick first step).
Who could help fill a role for the Wizards: The Wizards could use another defensive-minded guard and shot-blocking rim-protector. The Go-Go does not have many traditional big-men on its roster so it can’t provide much help in that department. Several wings, notably Jalen Jones and Jalen Hudson, have the athleticism to potentially develop into the type of point-of-attack defenders that all NBA teams need.
Most likely to get called up soon: Chris Chiozza slightly beats out Admiral Schofield. The Wizards seem to have a glut of wings now and point guard has not been a position of strength so far this season.
Roster changes: With Anzejs Pasecniks not playing, the Go-Go do not have anyone else over 6-foot-8 on the roster. It would not be surprising to see them try to add some additional size.
Updated prediction for the rest of the season: We predicted the Go-Go would be somewhere around .500 and have not seen enough so far that would drastically alter that prediction.
Stat to watch: Team 3-point percentage. In their first game, the Go-Go shot 44-percent from 3 as a team. It seems likely that they will face a considerable drop off over the course of the season but if this team is making a lot of outside shots then it will be extremely tough for opponents to keep up with them.