The Washington Wizards wrapped up their preseason schedule Friday night with a 119-82 win against the Toronto Raptors, getting at least 15 points from each member of the starting lineup. Several players, including John Wall and Bradley Beal, called the performance the team’s most complete of the preseason.
Among the statistics of note were nearly 58 percent shooting, 33 assists on 49 field goals and a 50-36 advantage in rebounding. Washington also limited the Raptors to 35 percent shooting, with only DeMar DeRozan (34 points) reaching double figures for Toronto.
“We did a great job moving the ball,” Wall said. “We played defense great except for the second quarter.”
Three observations from Friday night:
1. Bradley Beal looking to distribute
The Wizards certainly are counting on Beal to provide plenty of scoring, but the team’s highest-paid player also created for teammates during the preseason. He had nine assists without a turnover against the Raptors and amassed 18 assists in his final three games.
In that time, Beal also committed just one turnover, after four in the previous two games.
“I like it,” Wizards Coach Scott Brooks said. “There’s not much else to say. Anytime you have nine assists, zero turnovers, that’s a great ratio. That’s an NBA all-time record. Maybe, who knows, he can go the season without turnovers.”
2. Kelly Oubre Jr. in store for more minutes
The 15th overall pick in the 2015 draft closed out the preseason by leading all Wizards reserves with 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting, adding five rebounds and two assists in nearly 25 minutes. Oubre averaged almost 26 minutes per game in the preseason, a sign that the forward is all but certain to play more extensively this season than he did as a rookie.
Last season, for comparison, Oubre averaged less than 11 minutes per game.
3. Final roster skewing young
With Daniel Ochefu, Sheldon McClellan and Danuel House set for the opening-night roster, albeit with contracts that don’t become guaranteed until Jan. 10, the Wizards have 11 players no older than 27. Eight of the final 15 are 24 or younger.
Center Marcin Gortat, 32, is the oldest player on the roster. Reserve center Jason Smith, 30, is the next-oldest, followed by another backup center, Ian Mahinmi, who turns 30 on Nov. 5.
Other than Gortat, no starter is older than 26.
“We’re thinking long term,” starting forward Otto Porter Jr., 23, said.