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Jordan Crawford could start over Bradley Beal for Wizards

Sep 27, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

Bradley Beal, Ernie Grunfeld, Randy Wittman AP

Bradley Beal looked like a guy who had potential at Summer League, but a guy who needs some work (he shot 30 percent from three, for example).

Last season, Jordan Crawford looked like an NBA player who started 32 games last year and scored 14.7 points a game the season before.

Beal may be the future next to John Wall in the Wizard’s backcourt, but Crawford is the now. Wizards’ coach Randy Wittman said as much at his pre-training camp press conference Wednesday, as reported by Michael Lee at the Washington Post.

“Obviously Jordan has been here, had got a little bit of an advantage right now. . . . I always think guys that know what to expect have a little bit of an advantage moving in. The guys that have been here especially after I took over as the head coach I think have an understanding of the dos and don’ts on what I want not only as an individual but as a team.”

I like Beal, I think he’s going to play a long time in this league. But the No. 3 pick may not be in the starting lineup opening night.

Wittman talked about a couple other interesting things. He says the Wizards are going to run more this year (they were 9th fastest in the league last year). Via CSNWashington.com.

“We are going to play an up-tempo style and go inside out,” Wittman said… “I ain’t going to invent a new offensive or defensive system that nobody’s ever seen that will brand me the next genius,” Wittman said coyly.

With the talent they have they should run more. Flip Saunders said the same thing the past few years in Washington — frankly every coach says they are going to run more as teams head into camp. They say it like politicians say they want to talk about the issues — everyone promises it but nobody does it. So I want to see it in practice before I buy in. But they should do it.

For now, I get starting Crawford. Beal has to earn that spot. By the end of the season Beal may well do that, but for now it makes sense to start Crawford.

  1. khadeemw - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Jordan Crawford should be starting over Bradley Beal. Beal can be a great sixth man, but Crawford can light it up and him John Wall seem to like sharing the backcourt. Bradley Beal has more potential as shooter, but he didnt show it in college. Unless Beal completely outplays Beal in practices and preseason Crawford should be the starting shooting guard for the Wiz Kids.

  2. eventhorizon04 - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Beal’s performance in the Summer League was reminiscent of his college performance, in that he’s being described as a great shooter, the next “Ray Allen,” but if you look at his statistics in college and in the summer league, he’s not shooting like a great shooter.

    I like Beal’s potential a lot, and he has a great shooting *technique,* BUT until his shots go into the basket more frequently, we need to tamp down on the “he’s a great shooter” compliments. I think he’ll get there, but he’s not there yet, and coming off the bench hasn’t exactly hurt James Harden’s ability to develop into one of the better outside shooters in the league.

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