John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Tyler Hansbrough and the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association on Monday night.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
GUANGZHOU LONG-LIONS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m. ET
Live stream: Monumental Sports
Three things to watch...
New year, new team
Monday night will offer the first real extended look at the Wizards' newest players after an offseason that saw them overhaul their bench.
Though point guard Tim Frazier, their most notable acquisition, won't play, this will give everyone a glimpse at shooting guard Jodie Meeks and forward Mike Scott. With Frazier likely to miss the game due to a Grade 1 groin strain, expect camp invite Donald Sloan and second-year pro Tomas Satoransky to play plenty at point guard.
Center Ian Mahinmi should be interesting to watch after he lost 10 pounds this summer. He worked tirelessly to trim down in hopes of being more mobile this year and taking weight off his surgically repaired knees. There's also Carrick Felix, who won the team's dunk contest on Friday night and offers potential on the defensive end. He could push Sheldon Mac for his roster spot as a backup shooting guard. And rookie Mike Young should get some run with their other two-way player, Devin Robinson, sidelined due to a stress fracture in his left foot.
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The biggest objective for the Wizards this preseason is figuring out what they will do with Markieff Morris likely out the first few weeks of the regular season. With Morris recovering from sports hernia surgery, the Wizards need to explore their options. Those options should include Scott, who is capable at the four position, Jason Smith and Otto Porter. Though Porter has been penciled in as their starting small forward for years now, head coach Scott Brooks could opt to go small and play him at power forward with Kelly Oubre, Jr. alongside him at the three.
On the outside looking in would be Chris McCullough and Young. McCullough impressed during training camp, according to Brooks, and offers lots of potential at 6'11" with speed, the ability to play above the rim and a smooth jumper. Young is expected to play most of his time in the G-League this year, but don't tell that to him. His goal is to make the roster and he does play power forward. Plus, the Wizards are high on his future so don't rule out him making things interesting for them.
Given the Long-Lions play ball in China, there are going to be a lot of names Wizards fans will not recognize. They do, however, have one very famous player: Tyler Hansbrough, the former University of North Carolina star who is arguably one of the best college basketball players in history. He finished his career as one of the most decorated Tar Heels ever and that is saying something.
Hansbrough hasn't played in the NBA since 2016 when he was with the Charlotte Hornets, but is only 31 and he did technically tear up the G-League (then the D-League) last season. If we know anything about Hansbrough from his playing days in the U.S. is that he gives crazy effort on a nightly basis, hence his nickname. And given this is an opportunity for him to play against NBA competition, it would make sense if he will want to do his best to impress whichever scouts are paying attention.