Bradley Beal to represent Wizards at NBA draft lottery


(Associated Press)

Bradley Beal doesn’t consider himself to be very superstitious, but the Wizards are hoping that he can be a good luck charm next week.

One day after it was announced that he was named to the NBA all-rooke first team, it was announced that Beal will represent the Wizards at the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday at Disney/ABC’s Times Square studios in New York.

“Feels pretty good, because the pick lies in my hands, so to speak,” Beal told the team’s Web site. “I’m really excited. Not a lot of people get to experience this. Hopefully, we can get somebody who can benefit our team and hopefully, we’re in the area where we’ll get a good pick as well.”

The Wizards have the eighth-best odds of winning the lottery after losing a tiebreaker with Detroit. Team officials are in Chicago this week for the NBA combine, where they will watch players workout and do drills over four days at Attack Athletics gym.

Washington has already spoken with Indiana guard Victor Oladipo and Gonzaga big man Kelly Olynyk. It will likely attempt to address a need for size and scoring punch. Georgetown’s Otto Porter and Maryland’s Alex Len are also among the list of 15 players expected to speak with the team this week.

The Wizards have won the lottery twice in franchise history, securing the No. 1 overall pick in 2010 (John Wall) and 2001 (Kwame Brown). Zach Leonsis represented the Wizards on stage last season, when Washington had the second-best odds at the top choice and the team fell back one spot to get the third pick, which turned out to be Beal.

“It’s going to be a great experience overall and I’m looking forward to it,” said Beal, who doesn’t plan to be bring any lucky charms. “Just let things flow where they land.”

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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Michael Lee · May 14, 2013