The Washington Wizards have been dominant this season, and finished out at the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference through 82 games. John Wall has emerged as a top-5 point guard in this league, but his counterpart has developed just as much.
Bradley Beal was originally drafted with the 3rd overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. Fans were waiting with high anticipation for the exciting combination that would be Wall and Beal. Now, as the two have finally found their stride working together on the court, they are looking to make a statement in the post season.
In now his 5th season with the Wizards, Beal has been steadily earning his starting spot and role as one of the best 2 spot players in the league. Washington has seen the playoffs twice during Beal’s tenure, but this season they have been primed for success.
In both of the last two seasons, the Wizards were sent home from the post season in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals. This year, they have eclipsed their best regular season record (49-33) since 1979, when the franchise was the Washington Bullets.
Bradley Beal only saw just over fifty games last year, but still managed to be a main contributor for the Wizards. Now, injury willing, Beal has surfaced as a top scorer in the league, averaging 23.1 points per game. Out of 77 appearances, Beal has scored 25+ points on over thirty occasions.
Through those same 77 games, the now 5-year veteran has made at least four shots from deep at least 23 times. Four different times this season, he scored 40+ points in a game, including a season and career high 42 against the Phoenix Suns in November.
In addition to his magnificent scoring totals, the shooting guard has also contributed efficiently. On the season Beal is averaging 48% from the field, and 40% from behind the arc. Over the four forty-point shooting performances he notched, Beal averaged 59% from the field, and 44% from the three!
Just in case none of these stats have impressed, let’s break it down further. Beal has now scored 1,779 points this season. That’s 530 more than his best scoring season back in 2013-2014. Furthermore, he has landed 223 three-pointers, transcending his prior season-high of 138.
Bradley Beal plays a huge role for both the success of John Wall and the Washington Wizards. With a first round match up against the Atlanta Hawks, expect him to work more than magic in this upcoming postseason.
All stats and information provided by ESPN and NBA.com. Featured image provided by Hoops Habit.