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Beal wise beyond years

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Beal wise beyond years

When Jason Kidd first entered the NBA as a rookie with the Dallas Mavericks in 1994, Bradley Beal was literally in diapers.
 
Thursday night at Verizon Center, the two guards were on the same court – one approaching the end of a brilliant 18-year NBA career, the other hoping to achieve the same greatness.
 
“It was weird, actually, knowing he’s a future Hall of Famer,” Beal, 19, said of his first NBA game against Kidd, 39.
 
“He’s probably one of the best point guards who ever played.  It’s a great feeling, but at the same time I’m playing against him so I just have to attack him and get the best of him.”
 
For the record, Beal and Kidd both came off the bench on Thursday. In 25:35, Beal recorded 15 points, five assists, one steal and one turnover. In 22:56, Kidd had four points, four assists, three steals and three turnovers.
 
One of those steals came against Beal.
 
“That’s a vet move,” Beal said of his one turnover. “I should have seen that coming. That’s how smart these guys are and how experienced they are. I just have to catch up to them and be two steps ahead of them.”
 
With 17,071 career points, Kidd has proven why the Mavericks took him with the second pick overall of the 1994 draft. Beal has the next 15 years to prove why the Wizards made him the third pick overall last June.
 
Wizards teammate Martell Webster says that after two preseason games Beal already is starting to show glimpses of greatness.
 
“He says he wants to compare himself to Ray Allen, but he’s a little more flash than Ray Allen,” Webster said. “I’d say he has a little of the flash, D Wade, in him.
 
“He can slash, put it on the floor, and make contact. That’s big. When you can establish yourself at the free throw line, seven, eight times a game, that’s a big difference.
 
“He’s got it. He’s still a rookie. He’s learning the basics. If he keeps watching the players that he admires, takes little bits and adds them to himself, he’ll be a star in this league.”
 
Wizards point guard Jannero Pargo says what impresses him most about Beal is his ability to play a calm game when the pace is furious.
 
“I'm very impressed,” Pargo said. “I think he's poised beyond his years. He's aggressive, but he’s not moving too fast.. He plays the game at his own pace. He's not rattled by anything. He takes the game as it comes to him and that's very refreshing for a rookie.”

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Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Kentucky's Diallo, UMBC's upset hero

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Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Kentucky's Diallo, UMBC's upset hero

The Washington Wizards will hold their first pre-draft workout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena and the group of six players features some familiar names. 

Included in the mix is guard Jairus Lyles, who starred for the Unversity of Maryland-Baltimore County and helped lead them as a 16-seed over top-ranked Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first 16-over-a-1 upset in the tournament's history.

Here are the six players with some notes on each one...

Chris Chiozza, guard, Florida (6-0, 175)

Chiozza played four years at Florida and finished as the school's all-time assists leader. He averaged 11.1 points, 6.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game as a senior.

Hamidou Diallo, guard, Kentucky (6-5, 198)

Diallo redshirted in 2016-17 and played one season for the Wildcats. He averaged 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. Diallo measured 6-foot-6 with shoes at the combine and boasts a 7-foot wingspan.

Tiwian Kendley, guard, Morgan State (6-5, 190)

Kendly was a big-time scorer at Morgan St., averaging 21.0 points as a redshirt junior and 26.1 points as a senior. He took a lot of shots, however, averaging 18.2 field goal attempts on 45.3 percent from the field this past season. Kendley starred at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland before joining the college ranks, first at Lamar Community College.

Jairus Lyles, guard, UMBC (6-2, 175)

Lyles was the leading scorer for the Retrievers this past season as they became the biggest underdog Cinderella in NCAA history, defeating the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 20.2 points and shot 39.0 percent from three on 6.1 attempts. Lyles began his college career at VCU and played high school ball at nearby DeMatha.

Doral Moore, center, Wake Forest (7-1, 280)

A three-year player at Wake Forest, Moore had a breakout season as a junior with averages of 11.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Moore played with Sixers star Ben Simmons in high school.

Ray Spalding, forward, Louisville (6-10, 215)

Spalding played three years at Louisville and averaged 12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals per game as a junior. He posted a 7-5 wingspan at the NBA Combine. Spalding played with Jazz star Donovan Mitchell in college. 

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Mike Scott

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Mike Scott

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Mike Scott's season...

Player: Mike Scott

Position: Power forward

Age: 29

2017-18 salary: $1.7 million

2017-18 stats: 76 G, 18.5 mpg, 8.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.3 spg, 0.1 bpg, 52.7 FG%, 40.5 3P%, 65.8 FT%, 59.0 eFG%, 109 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Best game: 12/9 at Clippers - 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 9-for-11 FG, 3-for-4 3PT, 28 minutes

Season review: The 2017-18 Wizards season was full of unpredictability and the most positive surprise had to be the comeback of Mike Scott.

The Wizards signed Scott to a veteran minimum contract last offseason after a workout at Capital One Arena. This came just months after he had felony drug charges dropped in the state of Georgia, he lost 25 pounds and rehabbed a leg injury. That spring he had wondered, and justifiably, if his NBA career was over.

Scott overcame all of those odds to not only return to the NBA, but re-establish himself as a productive player off the bench. No one was more consistent start-to-finish in the Wizards' second unit than Scott was.

Scott earned a significant role in head coach Scott Brooks' rotation out of the preseason and stayed there. He reached double-figures in 31 of his 76 games, second only to Kelly Oubre, Jr. on the Wizards. 

Scott's primary value was on offense. He scored inside and out and got his points with remarkable efficiency. He led the Wizards and was tied for 11th in the NBA in effective field-goal percentage. He was second on Washington in field goal percentage and third in three-point percentage. 

Scott closed the season strong, reaching double-figures in scoring in seven of the last nine regular season games. He carried that over into the playoffs with 46 points through their first three games against the Raptors. 

Now comes the question of how much money Scott earned himself with his comeback year and whether the Wizards can afford keeping him. Since they are in the luxury tax, they will have little money to spend this summer. 

The way to keep Scott would be to use the remainder of their taxpayer mid-level exception, but that figures to be only about $1.9 million, not much more than what Scott made in 2017-18. Given how well he played this season, it would not be surprising if he earns much more than that.

Potential to improve: Free throw shooting, forcing turnovers, ability to guard bigs

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

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