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An eventful first four games for Beal

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An eventful first four games for Beal

By Michael Huberman

CSNwashington.com

Bradley Beal’s first four games in the NBA have certainly been eventful. After a hot start in his debut with eight first-half points, Beal was held scoreless during the second-half of the Wizards’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his second game, Beal was ineffective in 22 minutes, going 0-5 from the floor and finishing with just two points.

After the slow and frustrating start to his NBA career, the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft was very open about his struggles through two games. 

“I have too many people in my ear, so I have to eliminate that and keep my circle small and focus on what the team needs to do and what I need to do. I know a lot of people want me to do this, this and this, but that’s not important to me. We're trying to get wins. We’re 0-2 so we have to figure out how to get wins and the outside people need to stay on the outside.”

While the Wizards are still winless, it hasn’t been because of Beal’s play. In Wednesday night's overtime loss to the Boston Celtics, Beal went 6-15 from the field, including 3-8 from long distance on his way to 16 points. Last night against Milwaukee, Beal had the best game in his short pro career as he scored 22 points in the Wizards’ 101-91 loss.

However Beal’s breakout performance was marred by an incident at the very end of the game. After a hard foul on Bucks guard Monta Ellis, which was called a flagrant 2, Beal was shoved by Ellis’ teammate Brandon Jennings. The resulting skirmish led to both Jennings and Beal being ejected from the game, obviously a first for the rookie.

“I went for the ball but they called it a flagrant 2,” Beal said after the game. “It is what it is. I guess [Jennings] called that defending his teammate and came and pushed me, but that’s all a part of basketball. It gets physical and I just have to deal with it.”  

At the very least Beal will likely face a fine, if not further disciplinarily action. The good news for the Wizards and their fans is that it looks the rookie has put his slow start behind him.

At the beginning of the season, Beal was seen as a candidate for the Rookie of the Year award. Right now, Beal is fourth in scoring by rookies at 12 PPG, behind Portland’s Damian Lillard (18.6 PPG), New Orleans’ Anthony Davis (17.3 PPG), and Cleveland’s Dion Waiters (16.7 PPG), who was picked right after Beal in the draft.  While Beal is shooting only 28% from three, he’s perfect from the free throw line so far, going 13-13. After a rocky start, Beal is right in the mix for the league’s top rookie, just like many thought he would be.

At just 19-years-old, Beal will of course experience many more highs and lows during his rookie season. But after his last two games, Beal is displaying the talent and newfound aggressiveness that make him such an integral part of the Wizards future. 

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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