After coming off the bench in the first two preseason games, Beal has started in place of Crawford in the last two contests. Beal is second among rookies in scoring, averaging 15 points per game. Selected by the Wizards with the No. 3 overall pick in June's NBA Entry Draft, Beal is vying for time with Crawford, who established himself as the Wizards starting shooting guard last season (his second year in the NBA).
Crawford recently received criticism from former coach, now NBA TV analyst, Flip Saunders who said he takes too many shots. While he continues to display his propensity for shooting, Crawford added a combined 10 assists to his stat line over the last two preseason games. Over the course of the first two preseason games, Crawford only had three combined assists.
The Wizards will return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors.