When NBA pundits think of Jan Vesely the former sixth overall pick out of the Czech Republic only one word comes to mind: Bust.

Ernie Grunfeld and the Washington Wizards haven’t missed on many high draft picks in recent memory but the Jan Vesely selection sticks out like a sore thumb. The 6’11 forward was drafted merely because of his size and ability to run the floor which was supposed to help John Wall execute a transition offense. Needless to say none of that has happened especially since Vesely has been unable to find any sustainable minutes on the floor. Now that Jan Vesely is entering his third and final guaranteed season of his contract it’s finally starting to seem like he may be ready to contribute in the nation’s capital.

Even though Jan Vesely is still very raw and hasn’t developed nearly as much as we would’ve hoped he still possesses some tools that the Wizards coaching staff could potentially utilize. His lack of confidence is probably his most significant achilles heel since his reluctance to shoot the ball or knock down free throws has really burdened the Wizards in the past. Luckily for Washington we’ve seen Vesely’s confidence grow exponentially this summer and it all started in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Averaging nearly 12 points and 7 rebounds per game in Vegas Vesely carried his improved performance over to the EuroBasket where he dominated for the Czech Republic national team. Vesely ranked sixth in points per game led the tournament in total rebounds but most importantly he showed the world why the Wizards took a chance on him in 2011. Vesely led his national team to a number of upset victories averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds per game. If you were to tell me that Vesely could put up those sort of numbers against any level of competition I’d probably call you crazy.