After a slow start to the season, rookie Bradley Beal has come on strong of late for the Washington Wizards and fantasy basketball owners. That continued Friday night has he scored a career-high 29 points in a loss to the New York Knicks.
Beal was the star for the Wiz Friday, not only notching that career-high in points but also adding 11 rebounds to record a double-double. Beal shot 10-for-21 from the field and was 4-for-7 from beyond the arc. He was also 5-for-7 from the line and added two assists with just one turnover in a team-high 39 minutes.
He is making a late push at Damian Lillard in the Rookie of the Year race and — at the age of 19 — is now leading his team in scoring with around 14 points per game on the year. He has improved as the season has progressed and his scoring has increased each month. In November he averaged just 11.2 points per game, in December 13.4, January 15.1 and now he’s scoring just under 18 points per game in February after missing some time early in the month. In the past eight games he has scored in the double-digits in every one and over 20 five times. The 29 from Friday bests his previous high of 28 he recorded just a few weeks ago on Feb. 11.
He has found his stroke from three of late as well, nailing 18 of his last 40. The rook has also done a very nice job of getting to the line of late and he is also making them at an over 82-percent rate. Over the past seven days he is amongst the top shooting guards in fantasy, producing with the likes of Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry thanks to his impressive rebounding. With he and John Wall, along with some other key pieces, it looks like the Wizards have a very bright future ahead of them.