The Wizards get high marks for rostering Bradley Beal, who’s the rare (relatively) cheap All-Star.
Still only 25 years old, he proceeds to lift his ceiling through growth as a scorer, supplier and shot-creator. Moved to the driver’s seat by John Wall’s season-ending injury, Beal has come to be one of only seven players averaging at least 25 points, five assists and five rebounds.
But Washington’s stock starts once you get past Beal tumbling.
The biggest worry is Wall. Injuries had been a problem, but he’s never gone through something similar to this. He had season-ending heel surgery in January ruptured his Achilles tendon. He has not even started.
Outside 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 financial outlook, but it’s possible some of those savings will get pumped right into maintaining veterans Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green, a source told NBC Sports’ Ben Standig.