The Wizards get high marks for rostering Bradley Beal, who is the infrequent (relatively) cheap All-Star.
Still just 25 years old, he continues to elevate his ceiling through expansion for a scorer, distributor and shot-creator. Moved into the driver’s seat by John Wall’s season-ending accident, Beal has come to be one of just seven players averaging at least 25 points, five assists and five rebounds.
But Washington’s stock starts tumbling once you get past Beal.
The biggest worry is Wall. Injuries had previously been a problem, but he’s never gone through something like this. He had heel operation in January, subsequently ruptured his Achilles tendon in the home in February. He has started.
Outside of the backcourt, just Ian Mahinmi and Troy Brown Jr. have guaranteed contracts for 2019-20, while Dwight Howard retains a $5.6 million player option. The deadline deal that sent Otto Porter Jr. to the Chicago Bulls enhanced the team’s fiscal outlook, but it is possible some of the economies will get pumped right into keeping veterans Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green, a source told NBC Sports’ Ben Standig.
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