Grizzlies offer next summer league test for Beal, Wizards

Grizzlies offer next summer league test for Beal, Wizards
July 17, 2012, 6:37 pm
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The Wizards return to Las Vegas Summer League action Tuesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies (6 p.m. ET; TV coverage on Comcast SportsNet). After playing three games in three days, Washington (1-2) was idle on Monday and now looks to rebound after losing85-78 to the NBA D-League Select team. Memphis won its only previous summer league this year. First round pick Bradley Beal has been Washington'stop scorer in every game so far, averaging 18.7 points despite shooting only 41 and 25 percent from the field and 3-pointterritory respectively.He's made up for those misses with a barrage of free throw attempts,averaging over nine per game. For the third time in four games, Beal squares off against a guard also selected in the 2012 first-round. While John Jenkins (Atlanta) and Jeremy Lamb (Houston) are cut from the traditional off-guard cloth, Memphis' Tony Wroten, is not easily defined by position.Like Beal,the 6-foot-6 product out of Washington also left school after his freshman season. Unlike the third overall pick, Wroten skills are not refined, but he brings size and a physical presenceto the court. He also turned in a strong all-around effort in the Grizzlies opener, tallying 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers against the Knicks.Beal's shown a craftiness when it comes to generating offense and facing a taller and larger defender provides another showcase opportunity. Shelvin Mack's summer league education continues with only two games remaining. Scoring has not been the issue (11.3 ppg), but the rising second-year guard is averaging more turnovers (3.7) than assists (2.7) thru three games. It will be interesting to see how many minutes Earl Calloway picks up after a credible performance against the D-League and with the Wizards pondering the addition of a veteran point guard this offseason. Memphis last played on Saturday, defeating New York 93-77. In addition to Wroten, the Wizards backcourt should see plenty of guard Josh Selby. The D.C. area native led the Grizzlies with 20 points against the Knicks, sinking 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. Washington closes out its 2012summer league play Wednesday against Milwaukee at 4 pm ET on Comcast SportsNet.