Bradley Beal is on the USA Basketball men’s national team for the 2020 Olympics, which is great news for Washington Wizards fans. He will also have an opportunity to play significant minutes during their friendly games this July in Las Vegas. As the NBA’s second leading scorer, he will certainly get his fair share of playing time and perhaps even start once the Olympics begin on July 23.
While most of the men’s national team consists of players from teams that are no longer in the playoffs, Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday and forward Khris Middleton and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker are in conference finals series. It’s possible that the Bucks and Suns meet in the Finals.
If the series goes to seven games, that last game is on July 22 and it will force the affected players to arrive to the Olympics right as the games are about to begin, depending on flight schedules. The USA’s first game is against France on July 25 at 8 a.m. ET and it’s possible that up to three players could miss the first game due to jet lag. France is one of the world’s top teams and their roster has five NBA players including Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, so it will force the Americans to play their remaining players to play more minutes. And yes, it’s a game that the Americans could lose.
Since Holiday and Booker are guards, that would mean Beal would likely get to play extended minutes for the game against France, and he may get to start games right away as well.
Where do you think Beal will play within Team USA’s rotation? Should he start or come off the bench? Either way, I’m just happy to see a Wizards player on Team USA as it is. Let us know in the comments below!