Bradley Beal, who the Wizards selected third overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, was chosen to participate in this year’s Rookie-Sophomore game, better known as the Rising Stars Challenge. Beal has been one of the best second year players in the NBA, but he’s been playing on a minutes restriction for the past month or so, which began after he was diagnosed with another stress injury in his fibula. Beal has been limited to about 30 minutes per game this season, but has still managed to average over 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. Since he’s still on a minutes restriction, Beal might not participate in the Rising Stars exhibition game:
That’s something I haven’t decided yet,” Beal said. “I got to talk to the trainers and doctors and we’ll have to see. I definitely would love to play in it, but if it’s for my own benefit [to sit], we’ll see.
In all likelihood, Beal will still play in the game for a few minutes. He hasn’t suffered any setbacks since returning to Washington’s lineup after being sidelined for 3-weeks, and he’s probably going to play regular minutes sooner than later. The Wizards’ coaching and training staff has been very cautious with Beal, since he’s suffered a stress injury in his fibula twice already in his career.
I’d be surprised if Beal doesn’t play, but anything is possible. At this point, the Rising Stars game probably doesn’t appeal to Beal, since he’ll likely be a candidate for the actual All-Star game for many years to come. If Beal does end up playing, he’ll be joined by the likes of Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, and a number of first year players. Ironically enough, Washington’s recent third overall selection, Otto Porter, wasn’t chosen to play in the game.
The Wizards could potentially have a few players representing the team during All-Star weekend, including John Wall in the All-Star game. The Sprite Slam Dunk and Foot Locker 3-point Shootout participants haven’t been announced yet, but the Wizards do have a number of players on the roster that could potentially represent them in those events. Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, and Martell Webster have all shot above 40% from beyond the 3-point arc this season, while John Wall has made headlines with a number of flashy dunks this season. I don’t know about you guys, but I wouldn’t mind seeing the Airwolf, Jan Vesely, in the dunk contest either.