Links: Washington Wizards Draft Pick Bradley Beal Is Enjoying His NBA Rookie Experience

Good grief, this is fun.

Hump day links:

  • Bradley Beal knows he'll only be a rookie once, so he's trying to soak in as much of the experience as possible. [Washington Post]
  • Beal was among the members of the 2012 draft class featured in the league's "NBA Rooks" video series. In his clip, Beal refers to the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League as "the greatest experience I've had playing basketball." [Wizards Insider | Wizards Extreme]
  • Last week, it was cult classics. This week, each SB Nation NBA blog is revisiting the best trade in its franchise's history. For the Wizards/Bullets, is there really any option other than the trade which brought arguably the best player in franchise history to D.C.? Forty years later, Thomas takes a look back at the 1972 deal which shipped out Jack Marin for Elvin Hayes.
  • We've all read about John Wall's story, seen it retold on television and the internet. Here's another version told from this year's Reebok Breakout Challenge, the same camp where Wall went from an unknown to one of the top prospects in the country in 2007 (technically, it was called the Reebok All-American Camp back then). The video explores Wall's basketball upbringing and also features a few players at this year's camp, including Baltimore star Aquille Carr and the Harrison twins, both of whom are being recruited by Maryland. [Wizards Insider]
  • Here's more video of Wall at the breakout challenge, including his 1-on-1 game with high school star Tyrek Coger. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • Kevin Hine gives his answers to a few key preseason questions for the Wizards. [Wiz of Awes]
  • Ben Standig assumed Jordan Crawford will be the Wizards starter at shooting guard and rates him third among the five starters in the Southeast Division. [CSN Washington]
  • Eric Freeman weighs in on Andray Blatche's professed willingness to play in the NBA D-League. [Ball Don't Lie]
  • The Wizards' Secret Service Dunkers recently took their show on the road to China. [Wizards.com]
  • Frank Hanrahan wonders if the Bucks have enough talent around Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings to make it back to the postseason. [CSN Washington]
  • Speaking of Jennings, he'd like a contract extension. [SB Nation]
  • Speaking of extensions, Tom Ziller looks at which members of the 2009 draft class are due for one. [SB Nation]
  • Chris Paul is expected to miss eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his right thumb yesterday, so he should be back in time for the regular season. [SB Nation]
  • How do the "experts" over at The Worldwide Leader think the Western Conference standings will shape out next season? [ESPN]
  • Zach Lowe explains why the Thunder could entertain a James Harden trade at next season's trade deadline. [The Point Forward]
  • Stan Van Gundy doesn't exactly have much respect for his former boss's "sports knowledge." [SB Nation]
  • Sounds like Jason Kidd didn't exactly leave the Mavericks on good terms. [Dallas Morning News | ESPN Dallas]
  • LeBron's new show is gonna be pretty damn expensive. [ESPN | Ball Don't Lie]
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