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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Chris McCullough has potential, but will he get any minutes?

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Chris McCullough has potential, but will he get any minutes?

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

Player: Chris McCullough

Position: Power forward

Age: 22

2016-17 stats: 16 G, 5.0 mpg, 2.3 ppg, 0.1 apg, 1.2 rpg, 0.1 spg, 0.5 bpg, 50.0 FG%, 14.3 3P%, 60.0 FT%, 51.6 eFG%, 37 ORtg, 98 DRtg

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2017-18 storyline: McCullough appeared in just two games for the Wizards in the 2016-17 season after joining them in the trade deadline deal that brought Bojan Bogdanovic to Washington.

McCullough was a mainstay on the inactives list in what was his second NBA season. Combined with the 14 games he played for the Nets last year, McCullough appeared in a total of 80 minutes all year.

McCullough's athletic potential is obvious, as he shows in practice all the time and as he showed in the 2017 Summer League in Las Vegas.

He can run the floor, play above the rim and even has a smooth jumper from long range. How and if McCullough can put it all together are the real questions.

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In the Summer League, McCullough showed an ability to finish strong at the rim and grab rebounds, but his shot was cold and he spent considerable time on the perimeter. It's not clear yet what type of NBA style suits him best. Will he be a stretch-4 or is he best served by simply focusing on rebounding and defense?

The Wizards won't be able to give McCullough much of an opportunity this year, either, and that's even with the expectation Markeff Morris will miss several weeks of the regular season. They have depth ahead of McCullough including veterans Jason Smith and Mike Scott at power forward. McCullough will likely see some time in the G-League this year as he hopes to start reaching his vast potential. Keep in mind the Wizards have to decide on McCullough's rookie scale contract option for the 2018-19 season. The deadline is Oct. 31.

Potential to improve: Rim protection, offensive skillset, consistency

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

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

Markieff Morris: Markieff Morris can be an X-factor this season

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

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

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

Tim Frazier: Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?

Jodie Meeks: Jodie Meeks could make big impact off bench

Mike Scott: Mike Scott can add toughness to Wizards' bench

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

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

Sheldon Mac: Will Sheldon Mac be given a bigger opportunity?

Daniel Ochefu: Can Daniel Ochefu earn playing time in a crowded frontcourt?

 

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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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