Spotlighting and Breaking Down Washington Wizards' Shooting Guard Position

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Spotlighting and Breaking Down Washington Wizards' Shooting Guard Position
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Bradley Beal is the only true shooting guard on Washington's roster, and is mainly backed up by small forward/shooting guard hybrids.

The Washington Wizards shooting guard position is easily the shallowest on the team. 

Bradley Beal is the only true shooting guard on the roster heading into training camp, and most of the players behind him are small forward/shooting guard hybrids who could play some time at both positions. 

However, that doesn't mean that these players won't be effective. If everything goes as planned, Beal will be getting the majority of the minutes at shooting guard, but he does have questions surrounding his health after his rookie season. 

So which players could be the Wizards' primary scorers besides John Wall

 

Bradley Beal

The Wizards couldn't have asked for much more from Beal in his rookie year. 

Beal averaged just under 14 points per game along with 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 56 games, and was the team's leading scorer during the first part of the season when John Wall was out. 

Beal capped off his rookie year with this 28-point performance against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Heading into his second year in the league, Beal shows a ton of promise but needs to work on his shot selection. The 20-year-old only shot 41 percent from the floor, and was below the league average when shooting from the top of the key and from the left side of the court behind the three-point arc, according to Vorped

If Beal can stay in the lineup, fans will be in for a treat seeing him play next to Wall. During the month of February when Wall was back, Beal played in eight games before being injured and averaged 17.5 points and 5.1 rebounds, according to ESPN

It's also important to realize that Beal just turned 20 in June, so he played all of his rookie year as a teenager, meaning he's not going to be perfect. 

As Beal continues to play more and more games he's only going to get better, and having him on the court alongside Wall will be huge for Washington's offense. 

Projected stats (per game): 33 minutes, 15 points, 2.5 assists, three rebounds, 45 percent shooting, 38 percent three-point shooting

 

Martell Webster

Webster is a true small forward but could find himself playing some shooting guard. He's listed as the No. 2 shooting guard on RotoWorld's depth chart for the Wizards, and is the top candidate to play in place of Beal if he is to get hurt again. 

With Trevor Ariza still on the roster, and the addition of Otto Porter Jr. in the draft this offseason, there are some options at small forward that would allow him to move to shooting guard. 

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Martell Webster could find himself playing shooting guard, but is mainly a small forward.

According to ESPN, Webster only started one game last season as a shooting guard, but did score 11 points and picked up seven rebounds in 42 minutes. 

During the 2011-12 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, ESPN shows that Webster started 26 games at guard, but averaged just 7.2 points in 28.5 minutes per game. 

There could be some lineup combinations that head coach Randy Wittman would play with in the preseason that would put Porter (if he's healthy) at small forward and Webster at shooting guard when Beal is off the court. 

For the record, statistical projections here assume Webster primarily plays at small forward. 

Projected stats (per game): 27 minutes, 13 points, two assists, four rebounds, 44 percent shooting

 

Garrett Temple

Should Webster stay at small forward permanently, Temple will be the primary backup shooting guard. 

Temple played some point guard last season when Wall was hurt and A.J. Price was disappointing, but mainly played shooting guard in the second half of the season when Beal was out. 

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Garrett Temple is primarily a defensive player, only averaging just over five points per game last season.

In 36 games as a starter, Temple averaged 6.3 points in 28.3 minutes but only shot 39.5 percent. 

More of a jump shooter, Temple rarely took the ball to the basket and attempted fewer than one free throw per game, but his jump shot provides some value for the Wizards off the bench. 

If his offensive production improves, Temple will the No. 2 shooting guard in Washington and will give the Wizards a reason to keep him around after this year. 

Projected stats (per game): 14 minutes, five points, two assists, two rebounds, 41 percent shooting

 

Glen Rice Jr.

Like Webster, the rookie could find some minutes at small forward and shooting guard. 

Rice was a guard for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA Development League prior to being drafted by the Wizards in the second round of this year's draft, and averaged 13 points in 42 games on just under 50 percent shooting. 

During the Summer League, Rice looked flashy and put up some decent numbers, but took some really poor shots at times, which could keep him from getting any sort of major minutes. 

The Wizards used Rice mainly in pick-and-pop situations while running screens, but his defense leaves much to be desired. 

Wittman wants to go with a defense-first approach, so that will hurt Rice at the beginning unless he can convince Wittman that his offense is good enough that he needs minutes. 

Garrett Temple is a much better defender, so Rice will sit on the bench for most of the season barring any injuries at small forward or shooting guard. 

Projected stats (per game): Eight minutes, five points, one rebound, one assist, 50 percent shooting

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