While the NFL season is rapidly approaching, the NBA’s time is on it’s heels. The Washington Wizards have released their preseason schedule today. Their training camp will begin at Towson University near the end of September, it will finish up at their in season home in the Verizon Center.
Washington is looking to build upon last season’s success which ended in the second round of the playoffs at the hand of the Atlanta Hawks. It’s yet another year of their young backcourt being together and it’s especially a big year for Bradley Beal, who’s looking for a max extension. The Wizards can wait until next offseason, so there’s time. The thinking being that they want to see Beal continue to grow on the court, stay on the court (health), and be more consistent in the form of “playoff” Beal. Washington will also be looking forward to the continued growth of their franchise corner stone in John Wall, as well as Otto Porter’s development with the absence of veteran Paul Pierce.
This year’s preseason schedule is a bit different than past years as there will be no game in Baltimore, even though training camp takes place there. The schedule is also mostly based in the country, their one trip doesn’t even take Washington off of the continent.
- Wizards host the 76ers on October 6th
- A chance to see the new Sixers front court of Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel
- Knicks come to town on October 9th
- Jerian Grant gets a chance to play in front of family and friends
- Host Bauru on October 11th
- Bauru is a team from Brazil’s top league, winners of the 2015 FIBA Americas League
- Play the Sixers for a second time on October 16th
- This time Washington will be the visiting team
- Take on Milwaukee for a game on October 17th
- One of the two playoff teams on their preseason schedule, Jabari Parker sighting(hopefully)
- South Beach on October 21st
- An early look at a “healthy” division opponent in Miami (Justice Winslow sighting)
- Drake an them on October 23rd
- Washington will see the Raptors for the first time since sweeping them out of the playoffs last season