Washington Wizards: 3 Takeaways From Training Camp

The 2018-19 NBA season is nearly here, and our first look at the league’s teams and players comes in the form of training camp. The players begin their yearly routines, some in familiar situations and others in new surroundings. For the veterans, training camp is an important time to establish the feel and makeup of the locker room. The coaching staff can begin to determine lineups and game plans as they find out which players work best with one another. Training camp is also important for rookies, as it’s their first true taste of NBA life. The Summer League generally has a more relaxed and informal atmosphere, so players find out about the rigors of the NBA season when they arrive at training camp. For the Washington Wizards, training camp and the preseason this year is about welcoming back the core of their roster while also integrating new faces.

Washington acquired Dwight Howard and Austin Rivers in the offseason, two players who will be expected to immediately contribute to a playoff team. The Wizards also drafted the talented Troy Brown Jr. from Oregon, a player with a great deal of potential and one that the Wizards believe can make a difference on their roster.

Aside from those new additions, the core of the Wizards’ roster remains intact. John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter will do most of the heavy lifting in DC this season. Beal and Porter were the Wizards’ best players last season, and with Wall back and healthy, Washington should be optimistic for this upcoming season.

Here are three takeaways from the Wizards’ training camp.

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