Wizards roster, schedule for NBA restart: Three issues to know as Washington heads to Disney World

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The Washington Wizards have the worst file of any of the 22 groups heading to Walt Disney World for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season, and it is honest to query why they had been invited within the first place. Currently 5 1/2 video games again of the Orlando Magic for the ultimate playoff spot out East, the Wizards (24-40) must get inside 4 video games of Orlando or the Brooklyn Nets to drive a play-in sequence for the No. eight seed. If that occurs, the Wizards must win back-to-back video games to earn the spot.

That’s going to be extremely troublesome, notably given the latest information that they’re going to be with out Davis Bertans, who has chosen to not take part within the restart. If Washington goes to have any shot on the postseason, Bradley Beal, at the moment averaging 30.5 factors per sport, might want to have a blistering eight-game stretch. The excellent news for the Wizards is that on this distinctive state of affairs with gamers coming off of a four-month absence from aggressive basketball, the panorama is ripe for upsets. 

Here’s a have a look at the Wizards’ roster, schedule and some key storylines for when their season resumes in Orlando.

Wizards roster

Players sitting out: Davis Bertans, John Wall

Wizards schedule

All instances Eastern

  • July 31 vs. Suns, four p.m. 
  • Aug. 2 vs. Brooklyn Nets, 2 p.m.
  • Aug. three vs.  Pacers, four p.m.
  • Aug. 5 vs. 76ers, four p.m. (NBA TV)
  • Aug. 7 vs. Pelicans, eight p.m.
  • Aug. 9 vs. Thunder, 12:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 11 vs. Bucks, 9 p.m.
  • Aug. 13 vs. Celtics, TBD

Key storylines

Say it ain’t so, Davis: One of probably the most disappointing developments for Wizards followers over the previous few weeks is that the group’s resident sharpshooter and second-leading scorer, Davis Bertans, is not going to take part within the upcoming Orlando restart. You cannot blame Bertans, who’s due for an enormous free company payday this offseason and has a historical past of knee accidents, however will probably be arduous to observe Wizards video games with out probably the most entertaining offensive gamers within the league on the courtroom. They had little likelihood of creating the playoffs even with Bertans within the lineup — with out him it is nearly hopeless.

The Beal deal: With Bertans opting out of the restart it is pure to ask: Why is Bradley Beal going? He has nothing to achieve and every thing to danger by heading to this unsure atmosphere, and admittedly the Wizards needs to be simply as involved with the way forward for their franchise placing his well being on the road for what may quantity to eight meaningless video games. Beal can nonetheless select to take a seat out, in fact, however even when he does head to Orlando and play, how lengthy will he be on the courtroom? The Wizards must be inside 4 video games of the No. eight seed to drive a play-in sequence, so in the event that they lose their first few video games and the Magic and Nets win theirs, Washington might be eradicated from competition comparatively rapidly. In that case, it is not arduous to think about a state of affairs the place Beal packs up his Yacht Club room and heads dwelling early.

The children are alright: Outside of Beal and John Wall, there aren’t any certainties on the Wizards roster by way of subsequent season. With that in thoughts, the entrance workplace will need to get an excellent have a look at younger gamers like Hachimura, Bryant, Wagner, Bonga, Robinson and Brown to see how they’re going to issue into the group’s future plans. They’ll additionally need to additional consider Napier and Payton, who’re each free brokers this offseason. The Wizards may make a shocking run to the postseason, however extra probably this will probably be an opportunity for the group’s younger expertise to get some reps collectively and achieve some momentum heading into subsequent season.

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