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Bradley Beal, After A Big Summer Season, In Line For Big Washington Wizards Minutes

The Washington Wizards will have to decide whether Bradley Beal's deserving of a starting role in 2012 after a solid Summer League performance.

July 18, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Doron Lamb (20) guards Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) during the first half of the game at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
July 18, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Doron Lamb (20) guards Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) during the first half of the game at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

After getting nothing but extremely unhelpful Ray Allen comparisons during the 2012 NBA Draft, St. Louisan and Washington Wizards first-rounder Bradley Beal excelled in his first chance to play in an NBA uniform; in July he was named a member of the All-Summer League Team for averaging 17.6 points a game in the exhibition contests. That's led people to wonder just how much playing time he's going to get to start the 2012-2013 season.

The positional battle, such as it is, is between Beal and Jordan Crawford, a third-year shooting guard who averaged 14.7 points across 64 games and 32 starts in his first full season with the Wizards.

If the Wiz have any confidence in Beal, this seems like a positional battle in name only. Crawford's career field goal percentage is .394, and he's not a particularly good three-point shooter, either; his points per game, third on the team, came primarily because the Wizards had no other options.

The Summer League isn't the kind of thing that's going to make or break a first-rounder's career—or his rookie season, for that matter—but it seems like nothing but further confirmation that Beal's ready to perform in the NBA, even if he's not quite ready to, uh, be Ray Allen.