High school honors Wizards guard Bradley Beal
The Wizards open training camp Sept. 29, but most of the 15-man roster already has gone to work at Verizon Center. Coach Randy Wittman recently talked to CSN Washington about the task ahead for a team that only won 29 games last season and hasn't made the playoffs since 2008 but is expecting a turnaround.
Thursday's key question: Which player will show the most growth for the 2013-14 season?
Wittman: "John (Wall) has had another good summer. I see him not only physically, on the court, but I think his maturity is at another level. People forget how old John is (23). Going through what he's gone through this summer, his work in becoming a better player, his contract, the responsibility of that I've been really pleased with his development. I see a different John Wall.
"Kevin (Seraphin) is a more confident person in himself right now. He's had two years where he's played. Once you realize and believe that you belong, you carry yourself differently. I noticed that in him. Bradley (Beal) has had a really good summer. He was a little disappointed in the amount he missed having to sit through the first part of the summer to get him healthy (because of a stress injury to his lower right leg). He had a great July and August. Emeka (Okafor) was in town just about every day working on his body. There was a lot of good things we were able to accomplish and we still have time to. ... (Otto) Porter has no hamstring issues. He's been full-go the last three weeks. Martell (Webster) and is great. He's been back here since the third week of August and he's been a full-go. No problem with the (abdominal) strain. I expect a fully competitive training camp."
Wednesday's take: Vesely's off-season form gives Wizards hope
Monday: Full-speed ahead with Nene