Beal could spend more time functioning as the Wizards' primary playmaker this season.
A glance at the Wizards' backcourt depth chart tells most of the story, but with Wednesday's news that Isaiah Thomas will begin the season in street clothes, Washington is now even more starved for talent at guard. Ish Smith is in line to serve as the starting point guard, but Beal is by far the team's best playmaker, and he'll have a chance to top last season's career-high 28.4 percent usage rate. The Wizards apparently have no plans to bring in additional guard help, so there's a chance Beal could essentially be the backup point guard so long as Thomas is on the shelf. With John Wall out for most of last season, Beal turned in a career year, averaging 25.6 points, 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.5 made threes in a league-high 36.9 minutes per contest. Sep 18 2:01 pm (EST)
- Beal tallied 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and four assists over 17 minutes Tuesday against the Celtics.
- Coach Scott Brooks noted he's not going to play Beal "a lot" of minutes Tuesday against the Celtics, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
- Beal ended with 13 points (5-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 23 minutes during Sunday's 113-110 loss to New York. All Bradley Beal News
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