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Bradley Beal: Washington Wizards’ only bright spot in their faltering season

After missing out on a place in the playoffs for the first time in three seasons at the end of last season, the Washington Wizards would have expected to have a strong year this campaign. However, the Wizards are still struggling to maintain consistency so far this season. Washington Wizards are currently 9th on the Eastern Conference table with and 3rd in the Southeast Division with a 24-40 win-loss record. From their performances this season, it is no surprise that the Washington Wizards are currently going through a rough patch. Despite the team’s disappointing season so far, there has been a shining light for the team this season in the shape of Shooting Guard Bradley Beal, who is perhaps the most underrated player in the NBA this season.           It is surprising that despite his consistent performances for the Wizards this season, Bradley Beal is still not considered in the list of contenders for the Most Valuable Player award in the NBA this season.

The 26-year old Shooting Guard is currently having the best season of his NBA career in his 8th year with the Washington Wizards. Beal has maintained his excellent form from last season and is by far the most talented player on the Wizards roster. Here is a look at Bradley Beal’s statistics so far this season and what could be expected from him moving forward.

 

Bradley Beal’s statistics for Washington Wizards so far this season

Last season was an incredible season for Bradley Beal, which saw him massively improve in every area of his game. Beal ended the 2018-2019 season with an average 25.6 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game and 5.5 assists per game in 82 games for the Wizards. This season has been no exception as he has averaged 30.5 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game and 6.1 assists per game in 57 games for the Wizards so far this season. In total, Beal has recorded 1741 points, 242 rebounds, and 347 assists so far this season.

His average points per game (30.5) is the second-highest in the NBA so far this season behind that of Houston Rockets’ James Harden. Beal has also scored the most points for Washington Wizards in 46 games out of their overall 64 games so far this season.

His staggering numbers this season in terms of average points per game is also the highest by any player on the Wizards’ roster. Beal’s average points per game numbers prove how lethal he is upfront for the Wizards and his gradual development into an all-round big star in the NBA.

His passing ability is also an impressive part of his game with his numbers for assists showing how efficient and vital he is for his side even in the games he finished without recording the most points. He is ranked 22nd overall for the most average assists per game numbers in the NBA this season.

His form before the suspension of the NBA was excellent. In Washington Wizards’ last games before the suspension of the season this year, Beal averaged 37.5 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, 6.1 assists per game, 2.0 steals per game and 4.0 turnovers per game.

The only weakness in Beal’s game is on the defensive side of his game. His numbers for blocks per game so far this season (0.4) is below the average blocks per game he recorded last season (0.7). The defensive department of his games needs significant improvement. However, it is the area he has to be least concerned about since his attacking exploits have earned him a lot of praise.

The hallmark of a great NBA player is his ability to perform against the top teams in the big games. Beal’s performances against the traditional big sides in the NBA in the recent seasons has differentiated him from most of the revered players in the NBA this season. In most of these games, he has proven himself as a player who can shine the brightest on the big stage under pressure. This season, Beal has recorded 30+ points in single games against Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, and Utah Jazz. The Wizards’ game at home against Milwaukee Bucks in February earlier this season saw Beal record a career-high 55 points.

In February, Beal became the first player since Kobe Bryant in 2007 to score 50+ points on consecutive nights in games against Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. The game against Chicago Bulls also saw Beal become the Wizards’ second all-time highest scorer after recording 53 points in the loss to the Bulls in that game.

 

What’s next for Bradley Beal?

At the moment, it is uncertain if the NBA will resume anytime soon. If the season is to return, Beal will have the opportunity to continue his impressive showings and help his team get back into the playoffs contention with 18 games remaining till the end of the regular season. He is still on track to surpass most of his records from last season and attract the attention of some of the top teams. However, the Wizards will be feeling confident of holding onto the prize asset for a little longer after Beal signed a 2-year contract extension worth a maximum of $72 million in October to stay in Washington.

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