The Washington Wizards managed to win in their final preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers a few days ago, and we’re just five days away from the start of Washington’s regular season. Here are some Wizardly Links for this weekend:
Beal finished with 21 points on the night, including 3-three pointers. There was a sequence where he split a double team and drove to the basket for an emphatic jam, which basically summarized Beal’s performance throughout the entire preseason. Beal has looked like the most impressive player on the Wizards roster during preseason, and one could only hope it carries over to the regular season next week.
Silas and Mensah-Bonsu never really had a legitimate shot to make the team, but Josh Childress was an interesting name on the roster, especially since Otto Porter Jr. and Chris Singleton remained sidelined with injuries. Childress looked ‘OK’ in preseason, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he got a call from Ernie Grunfeld if future roster moves leaves an open spot on the team.
Bradley Beal is third among all players in PPG this preseason. While I highly doubt he’ll be battling Kevin Durant and James Harden for the league scoring title, Beal will have little problem sowing up leading the team in points. He’ll end up with a nice 18.6 scoring average.
Beal finishes his preseason averaging 20.7 points per game, which currently lands him 4th in scoring, just behind Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, and Anthony Davis and in front of guys like James Harden and Damian Lillard.
But there have already been some murmurs that Durant’s situation in OKC isn’t exactly stable. The team has suffered on paper since the currently-disastrous James Harden trade, and now Westbrook is hurt again. Oklahoma City is, of course, a small market, and it’s on that second contract where small markets lose their advantage to keep their star.
Bradley Beal can electrify a crowd with a three-pointer, but this preseason he unleashed a new found confidence driving to the basket. Al Harrington is a veteran big man who can finish in the paint with a nifty spin move with the same ease as he hits a jumper from beyond the arc.