Beal, Temple strengthen perimeter defense

Beal, Temple strengthen perimeter defense
April 21, 2013, 4:15 am
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The Wizards (29-53) may look different next season as they set their sights on making a legitimate run for the playoffs. This is the second in a series breaking down the roster by position, how they fared and what's ahead. Shooting guards:

Bradley Beal

Numbers game: 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 41% FG shooting, 38.6% 3-point shooting, 78.6% FT shooting.

2013-14 status: In his second year on a rookie scale deal, he’ll earn $4.31 million and be the starter barring injury.

Where he excels: His season started slow with starting PG John Wall out for the first 33 games, but eventually showed he had three-point range, could put the ball on the floor and create his own shot. Also, Beal proved he had penchant to defend and was good at it.

Quick fixes: Playing on bad ankles, Beal missed the last eight games of the season and has to get well. He can’t resume basketball activities because of a stress injury to his right fibula until late May. … Can be a much better rebounder. … Averages just three FT attempts per game. With his skill set, should manufacture more points by drawing fouls to get there.

He said it: "Just do what the trainers tell me to do. Stay off them for this little period that we have and this off-season and let them fully heal more than anything. Definitely be ready to go when it's training camp and work hard in the off-season. Not just on my game, but my body more than anything so I can sustain all these falls that I have."

Grade: B

Garrett Temple

Numbers game: 5.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 40.7% FG shooting, 32.5% 3-point shooting, 70.3% FT shooting.

2013-14 status: With his sixth team since 2009, Temple was called up from the D-League on Dec. 25 and stuck on a one-year, $573,000 deal. He was signed, in part, because of first-year assistant coach Don Newman, who previously was with the San Antonio Spurs where Temple had two stints totaling 16 games. Temple is an unrestricted free agent. 

Where he excels: A backup, he started 36 games after having only done that four times. At, 6-6 he has the length and defensive ability to play the position and gives the Wizards another ball-handler in the backcourt. Good in the open court, good finisher at the rim and can hit the mid-range jumper when he looks for it.

Quick fixes: Be more assertive offensively. Teams will sag off him and give Temple open looks. …Need to be more of a threat to attack the paint off the bounce in half-court sets and create for himself.  

He said it: "Other off-seasons I don't really know what I have to do, if I'm going to work out for teams, whether I'm going to have to go to summer league, what's going to happen whereas now I have a pretty good idea about what my summer is going to entail. How I can set my summer up in terms of working out for myself and when to be where."

Grade: B-