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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Will Sheldon Mac be given a bigger opportunity?

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Will Sheldon Mac be given a bigger opportunity?

As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Sheldon Mac​'s season...

Player: Sheldon Mac

Position: Shooting guard

Age: 24

2016-17 stats: 30 G, 9.6 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 0.5 apg, 1.1 rpg, 0.3 spg, 0.1 bpg, 40.0 FG%, 44.7 3P%, 85.2 FT%, 44.7 eFG%, 112 ORtg, 112 DRtg

2017-18 storyline: Mac returns to the Wizards for the 2017-18 season following a rookie year where he didn't play much at all. Bradley Beal stayed healthy and Mac, who the Wizards signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami last summer, largely rode the bench.

Mac did get 30 games under his belt and some brief playoff experience. That should breed confidence not only that he belongs at this level, but that he can make a true impact. Mac will once again need to prove himself, as he enters 2017-18 training camp as one of two players - along with Daniel Ochefu - without a full guaranteed contract for the season. Mac is due $1.3 million, but much of his deal is earned only if he is on the roster past Jan. 10.

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Mac's minutes will again be dependent on those ahead of him on the depth chart, namely Beal who will play the vast majority of minutes at shooting guard, depending on health. Behind Beal is Jodie Meeks, whom the Wizards signed to be their primary scorer off the bench. Meeks does have a detailed injury history, so his availability could ultimately be an issue, but for now Mac is on the outside of the rotation looking in.

In order to earn minutes, Mac will likely need an opportunity from an injury but he can earn more trust from Scott Brooks by playing sound defense and hitting outside shots more consistently.

Potential to improve: Outside shooting, on-ball defense, efficiency.

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Can John Wall take another step after earning All-NBA?

Is this the year Bradley Beal becomes an All-Star?

What is the next step in Otto Porter's development?

Markieff Morris can be an X-factor this season

Will Marcin Gortat's role change or be the same this year?

Will Kelly Oubre, Jr. make a big leap this season?

Can Ian Mahinmi make a bigger impact in his second season?

Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?

Jodie Meeks could make big impact off bench

Mike Scott can add toughness to Wizards' bench

Jason Smith's improvement as a shooter should help Wizards bench

Will Tomas Satoransky's role expand in his second year?

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Bradley Beal loves Sixers' Joel Embiid's trash-talking, just don't try it on the Wizards

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Bradley Beal loves Sixers' Joel Embiid's trash-talking, just don't try it on the Wizards

There may not be another athlete, regardless of sport, that is as good at social media as Sixers center Joel Embiid. It's partly why he has become so popular among fans and media despite only having 31 NBA games under his belt.

It has apparently even earned him a nickname as the 'Social Media King.' 

Everyone seems to be laughing, expect Heat center Hassan Whiteside perhaps. Embiid and Whiteside have been in an on-court and off-court beef for a while now. Last year Embiid called Whiteside "BBQ chicken" after one matchup, suggesting he 'cooked' him. Whiteside also made headlines for suggesting Embiid's social media prowess earned him All-Star votes.

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After a matchup between the two this preseason, Whiteside tweeted his team's record against Embiid's Sixers. So, Embiid fired back with a series of tweets, some of which were hilarious:

The Wizards host the Sixers for the regular season opener on Wednesday and, with Embiid's social media antics in the news, Bradley Beal was asked for his opinion after Monday's practice. He's amused.

"Jo-Jo is my boy. I like Jo-Jo. We have the same trainer and work out in the summers. That was crazy. That was really crazy. He was letting his feelings be known," Beal said. 

"But I like it, it keeps guys competitive. Same with Whiteside. I think that's what we need a little bit. I don't think there is necessarily going to be any fighting or any hands thrown or anything like that. It's a competition thing. Who is the better big and who is going to prove it?"

Beal enjoys Embiid's trash-talking from afar and considers him a friend. Just don't bring that stuff to D.C.

"When he plays us, we're going to try to shut him down as best as we can. We aren't trying to hear none of that talking and I'm gonna let him know about it, too," he said.

Markieff Morris may be out, but the Wizards have plenty of players who won't back down to trash-talking, Beal included.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 44 - Jodie Meeks on meshing with Wizards, John Wall's recruiting visit

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 44 - Jodie Meeks on meshing with Wizards, John Wall's recruiting visit

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Wizards shooting guard Jodie Meeks joined the show to talk about his first month with the Wizards.

Meeks was signed this offseason as a free agent, but already feels comfortable playing with Tim Frazier, John Wall and Bradley Beal. Speaking of Wall, Meeks recalled first meeting him and what it was like to host Wall on his recruiting visit at Kentucky.

After the Meeks interview, host Chase Hughes broke down why Carrick Felix made the final roster spot. Plus, an update on Markieff Morris and what the Wizards are planning to do with Mike Young and Devin Robinson.

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!

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