The Wizards signed the NBA D-League’s leading scorer, Edwin Ubiles, to a 10-day contract the other day. I had no idea who this kid was, but after some research and film watching, I’ve got to say that Ubiles could really spark this team.
Playing for the Dakota Wizards this season, the 25-year-old Ubiles is averaging 20.1 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.3 assists with just over 50 percent shooting from the field.
Um. Yes, please.
I get the feeling that he is somewhat of a Nick Young type player. I haven’t heard too much about him defensively, but it’s obvious the guy can shoot. He doesn’t appear to be too streaky as there is only one game out of the last 35 where he did not score more than 10 points.
The team appears to be looking to fill that Shooting Guard spot as well as using him to back Singleton up as well with Rashard Lewis still out.
He’s had brief stints in the NBA, lastly with the Golden State Warriors, so he’s not coming fresh off the boat with a ton of nerves.
There’s a lot of ways this guy can turn out for the Wizards. But I see him playing sort of like Shaun Livingston when he came to the team a couple of years ago. He’s going to provide a hot shooting touch from the field and maybe wow us with some moves in the lane.
He’s obviously not going to be a starter (pending any injury on the team), but I do believe he will produce off the bench. He’s going to have to. The Wizards had to have in mind the fact that they are still one of the worst shooting teams in the NBA when they signed him.
The worst possibility for Ubiles is that he fizzles and has little to no production on the Wizards either due to playing time or just flat out poor shooting.
The best possibility is that he balls out for the Wizards and finds his niche in the NBA and becomes a solid replacement for Lewis after the team (hopefully) amnesties or drops him during the off-season.
Fingers crossed for the latter.