Wizards Ink Two-Way Deal with Jules Bernard

Rising Star's Phenomenal Performance on the Court

by Zain ul Abedin
Wizards Ink Two-Way Deal with Jules Bernard
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In a strategic move to bolster their backcourt, the Washington Wizards have officially announced the signing of guard Jules Bernard to a two-way contract. This decision involves a significant roster change, as the team has parted ways with John Butler Jr.

in a corresponding move. Bernard's journey to this pivotal moment in his career has been marked by consistent growth and impressive performances. Over the past two seasons, he has showcased his talents in 40 games with the Capital City Go-Go, the Wizards' G League affiliate.

His journey with the Go-Go began following a trade from the Motor City Cruise on December 23, 2022.

Bernard's Rising Performance

During the 2022-23 season, Bernard emerged as a critical player for Capital City, participating in 32 games.

His statistics from this period are noteworthy, with an average of 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. His upward trajectory continued into the 2023 NBA Summer League and the Wizards' training camp, leading to his start of the season with the Go-Go.

Bernard has further elevated his game in the current season, spanning eight games. He boasts an impressive average of 21.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. His shooting efficiency is equally remarkable, with a .475 field goal percentage, a .422 three-point shooting percentage, and an exceptional .914 free-throw percentage.

Before his professional endeavors, Bernard honed his skills at UCLA. Over four years with the Bruins, he played in 130 career games, averaging 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. Despite not being drafted in the 2022 NBA Draft, Bernard's resilience and talent led him to sign with the Detroit Pistons, and subsequently, he joined the Motor City Cruise to commence the 2022-23 season.

The Wizards' acquisition of Bernard reflects their commitment to developing promising talent and strengthening their lineup. Bernard's journey from an undrafted player to securing a two-way contract with an NBA team is a testament to his hard work, determination, and the potential that the Wizards see in him.

This move will bring a new dynamic to the team as they continue strategizing for success in the current season and beyond.