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Troy Brown Jr. starting at point guard for first time in his career against Bucks

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Wizards head coach Scott Brooks had indicated Troy Brown Jr. would start at least one game at point guard before their season came to a close in Orlando and it turns out Tuesday will be that game. 

Brown will start against the Milwaukee Bucks alongside Jerome Robinson, Isaac Bonga, Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant. They will face off against the top team in the East and the NBA's best defense, but Milwaukee will be missing several key players, including point guard Eric Bledsoe.

Still, it is a good test for Brown, who is in his second season after joining the Wizards as a first round pick.

"He's going to be running the show. I'm looking forward to it. He's excited about it," Brooks said. "He's been prepping for it a little bit with the point forward role that he's had down here. It's another good reason why we're fortunate to be down here."

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Brooks expounded on that last point. This is a perfect example, he says, of the value the Wizards see in being involved in the NBA's restart. They were the final team of the 22 invited by the league based on record.

"It has given us an opportunity to explore and experiment and otherwise during the season it would be hard to do that," Brooks said.

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Brooks added that next year will be different with John Wall back from his long rehab from Achilles surgery. But there is no question this is a good chance for Brown to show what he can do at a position he says he feels most comfortable playing.

And since Wall will likely be limited at first from back-to-backs and playing entire games, there is reason to believe they will need three point guards next season. Brown could at the very least be a wing most of the time and slide over to the point guard spot when needed.

On Tuesday, he will get to audition for that role.

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