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Bryant's big night vs. Pistons highlighted by poster of Plumlee

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Following a missed shot from Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant found himself boxed out by Pistons center Mason Plumlee. It would have been easy to allow his defender to grab the rebound and end the possession, but Bryant wasn't having any of that.

He reached over Plumlee to steal the ball back, and he wasn't done there. Gathering himself, Bryant went right back up and put Plumlee on a poster with a rim-rattling dunk.

It was a dominant play that was a summation of Bryant's strong showing in Washington's third preseason game, a 99-96 victory. While all the excitement was around Russell Westbrook taking the court, it was Bryant that put out the best performance on the court. 

Finishing with a team-leading 22 points, along with seven rebounds, the big man also showed his versatility, scoring in the paint and also shooting 3-for-6 from three-point range.

Entering his fourth NBA season, Bryant has the chance to be a key piece for Washington, building off his play in the NBA bubble. Coming into the season trimmer and with more muscle, should allow Bryant to find plenty of opportunities down low for a Wizards offense led by new addition Russell Westbrook, as well as the return of Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans

If Saturday was any indication, it appears the Wizards have a new-and-improved Bryant at their disposal for the 2020-21 campaign.