Bubble Preview: Washington Wizards

Record: 24-40

Championship Odds: +100000

Key Players:

Rui Hachimura: 13.4 PPG, 6.0 REB, 1.7 AST, 0.8 STL

Thomas Bryant: 12.1 PPG, 6.8 REB, 1.9 AST, 0.9 BLK

Shabazz Napier: 12.0 PPG, 2.4 REB, 4.4 AST, 1.7 STLS

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Players Sitting Out

Bradley Beal: 30.5 PPG, 4.2 REB, 6.1 AST, 45.5 FG%

David Bertans: 15.4 PPG, 4.5 REB, 1.7 AST, 42.4 3P%

Schedule
DayOpponentTimeTV
7/31Phoenix Suns4:00 PMNBCSW
8/2Brooklyn Nets2:00 PMNBCSW
8/3Indiana Pacers4:00 PMNBCSW
8/5Philadelphia 76ers4:00 PMNBA TV/NBCSW
8/7New Orleans Pelicans8:00 PMNBCSW
8/9Oklahoma City Thunder12:30 PMNBCSW
8/11Milwaukee Bucks 9:00 PMNBCSW
8/13Boston Celtics TBDTBD
Bubble Preview

The Wizards will be heading down to Disney without their leader and leading scorer Bradley Beal.  Beal, who averages 30.5 PPG for the Wizards, is sitting out due to a shoulder injury. While he is the unquestioned star and leader of this team, many people don’t realize that the Wizards have a core of eight players who all average double figures in PPG. 

After Beal, Davis Bertans and Rui Hachimura are the next highest scorers for the Wizards, averaging 15.4 and 13.4 respectively. What gets tricky for the Wizards here is that their second leading scorer is ALSO not going to be playing in Disney. 

Davis Bertans has opted out of the NBA return.  Leaving the Wizards without their three point sharpshooter and their second leading scorer.

Rui Hachimura, the rookie big man out of Gonzaga, will have a chance to finish out his first year in the NBA strongly as he is now the leading scorer on the team and should see more touches. Hachimura also pulls down 6.0 rebounds a game, which is second best on the team after Thomas Bryant.

Ultimately, playing without Bradley Beal is going to make it tough for them to crack into the playoffs, as they are 5 ½ games out of the 8 seed.  However, crazier things have happened and if guys step up there is a chance that you see the Wizards secure the 8th seed in the East.

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