In the early stages of his career in the NBA, Bradley Beal joined a struggling Wizards team, only managing to pull out 29 wins in his rookie season.
Coming out of college leading a successful Florida Gators team, Beal was not able to flourish the same way in his young professional career.
Forced to take the back seat behind John Wall and hindered by injuries in his first couple seasons, Bradley’s production and impact for the Wizards was substantially limited.
However, things changed in the 2016-2017 season. The future in Washington began to look bright with a young core of John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter Jr. This fresh talent along with solid role players began to result in wins for the Wizards. During this season, Beal continued his role as a sharpshooter but also polished his abilities to attack off the dribble and knock down the mid-range jumper.
The Wizards cruised all the way to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, a playoff run in which Beal played a big role. The playoff run and team success in the 2016-2017 season propelled Bradley forward to expand his skillset into one of the most crafty scorers in the NBA.
During the present 2019-2020 season, Beal has established himself as the face of the Wizards franchise and arguably a top 20 player in the NBA. Averaging 30.5 points per game (good for 2nd best in the league behind only James Harden), Beal is thriving as a scorer from deep range, around the rim, and in the mid-range area.
Since being drafted by the Wizards in 2012, Bradley has continued to add more facets to his offensive game that now have come together to create a dangerous arsenal. Not to mention, he has been a solid rebounder and defender his whole career.
While we have seen other superstar players request trades and cause locker room issues, Beal has stayed loyal to the city of Washington and has continued to be a good teammate.
Now in the prime of his career, Beal has blossomed into a perennial all-star player who is a talented scorer, rebounder, and defender. As a top tier player who has always seemed to stay humble, Beal is exactly the type of superstar that general managers across the league hope to build their teams around.
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