NBA Preseason 2012: Rookies Who Have Earned a Starting Role

October 20th, 2012 by Michael Moraitis Leave a reply »
The NBA preseason isn't thought to be an important part of the 2012-13 campaign for most teams, but for some rookies, it has become a chance to show they belong in their team's starting lineup.

It's never easy for a rookie to crack the starting five, but these rookies are certainly earning the right to begin their careers as a starter.

Let's see who they are.


Bradley Beal, SG: Washington Wizards

It's shaping up to be another long, depressing season for the Wizards, but Beal might give Washington's fans a reason to cheer.

Beal has gotten off to just the start the Wizards would like. The No. 3 pick in the 2012 NBA draft is averaging 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Beal's all-around ability is quite apparent early on in the preseason.

A starting spot in the Wizards' lineup is no certainty, however. Beal will have to battle it out with Jordan Crawford for the starting shooting guard role on the team.

If Beal can continue to show he's a good shooter and an even better scorer than Crawford, the Wizards should choose Beal. For t ...

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