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For starters, Beal should get the nod


For starters, Beal should get the nod

The Washington Redskins made the decision to start rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III almost immediately after they drafted the Heisman Trophy winner. Griffin III hadn't even hit the practice field before coach Mike Shanahan put him atop the depth chart at his position. The Wizards on the other hand weren't so fast to anoint their top draft pick Bradley Beal as a starter for the upcoming NBA season. Randy Wittman maintains that every player will have to earn the spot.

Now I know it's a different sport and each team has its own philosophy on how to handle rookies, but since the Wiz are coming off a 20-46 record, the team has no choice but to throw Beal right into the mix as the team's starting shooting guard and see how he handles it. Beal was taken third overall in June's NBA draft by the Wiz because he has the gift to shoot the ball, which is what Washington sorely needs from that two guard spot. Beal played only one season at Florida, averaging 14 points before declaring for the pro ranks.

Beal took part in the Las Vegas summer league in his first taste of pro ball and backed up the team's selection, averaging nearly 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists while helping the Wizards to a 3-2 record. Beal didn't shoot the ball particularly well, hitting just 42 percent of his shots and only 30 percent from three-point range, but it was just a five-game sample size. There will be plenty more games for Beal to get his stroke right and it will help Beal to play in the same backcourt with point guard John Wall.

"I think it can work pretty well with John," Beal said recently. "John likes to attack hard on the screen. Being a two guard that's a real fit for me. I think it will be great and I can't wait to play alongside him."

Wizards new coach Randy Wittman -- a pretty good shooter in his NBA days -- can't wait to see the 19-year old suit up.

"All great shooters have great feet, great footwork and you could see in our workout he had it," Wittman said. "He has a stroke all right and the ability to spot up like few players we've seen. He's going to be a good shooter in this league."

Jordan Crawford was the starting shooting guard at the end of last season but the Wizards should use him off the bench as a spark. Crawford averaged 16 points a game as a starter but was dogged by inconsistency and only shot 40 percent from the field. Crawford also has the ability to handle the ball and could serve as a backup to Wall in a pinch.

Two years ago when the team drafted point guard Wall with the 1 pick it was a given he would be the team's opening game starter. It should be the same for Beal.

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!