The 2019 Wizards District Gaming squad didn’t have the brightest season. Finishing a mediocre 7-9, the team knew it had to restructure the roster. Retaining only 2 players was the beginning: star big man Dayfri and much-improved guard Reese. Next, WDG needed a little luck: landing the number one overall pick despite only a 7% chance. With the number one overall pick and 2 returning players, the front office went to work.
There wasn’t a ton of gameplay available on the Wizards channel, but since they only retained two players, Dayfri’s YouTube channel should suffice. Dayfri plays on a Pro-Am team with Wizards teammate Reese. I watched 3 of their games together to familiarize myself with their play styles. I recommend the game against Overlooked x Greatness. Reese shows off his knockdown shooting ability and Dayfri’s impact flashes on both ends of the court.
We hinted at it earlier but the Wizards had their work cut out for them this offseason. First order of business: number one overall pick JBM. Next up the Wizards added forwards Just Awkward and Newdini in the 2nd round. To cap the draft off WDG added rookie BRich with the 51st overall pick. This gives us a new look WDG roster of:
PG JBM (R)
SG Reese (20.7 PPG- 3.8 APG- 1.6 SPG)
SF Awkward (R)
PF Newdini (7 PPG- 1.2 RPG- 2.1 SPG)
C Dayfri (14.9 PPG- 5.2 RPG- 3.7 APG- 2.0 SPG- 1.0 BPG)
6th man: Utilityman BRich (R)
When watching WDG expect a lot of play to go through big man Dayfri. The team will absolutely run PNR, but it felt like the ball found high post more often than other league teams are willing to find it. Say what you want about Dayfri’s playstyle (and people have things to say), but it is captivating. I can honestly say, I never knew what was coming when Dayfri had the ball in his hands and that’s a good thing. He excels in the dirty work, setting as many screens as the ball handler needs to get free. From the high post, Dayfri can facilitate or get a bucket. There’s not another big in the league that can emulate his play style.
You’d have a hard time finding a player that improved as much as Reese did from season 1 to season 2. The veteran guard nearly tripled his points per game average (20.7 PPG). Reese is a great secondary ball handler and knockdown shooter. The perfect safety net for number one overall pick JBM.
Wizards Gaming District gave their new roster a test, entering the Spring 16 tournament. Dayfri and Co. passed the test with flying colors, as they won the entire tourney, beating reigning champion T Wolves in the finals. Look for the Wizards to build off this momentum as they enter the regular season with supreme confidence.