In the 2012 NBA draft the Washington Wizards chose to select shooting guard Bradley Beal with the third pick. He offers a complementary offensive threat to point guard John Wall. He can score, penetrate, and provides athleticism.
In his final season with the Florida Gators he averaged 14.8 points per game in 37 games. Also, he rebounds well for his size at 6’4″ and averaged 6.7 rebound per game. Beal is an excellent defender, he is fundamentally sound and hard to post up against as he allowed opponents to shoot 27.8 percent from the field.
One thing he will need to work on at the NBA level is his ball handling and when that gets stronger it takes the pressure off of Wall.
Beal improves the Wizards starting back court and will be one of the more exciting back courts in 2012-2013. He will also be in the competition for the Rookie of the Year Award and at 18 he will provide plenty of excitement for the Wizards.
Beal also performing well in the preseason, starting four out of the seven games played. Averaging 26.7 minutes per game and shooting well from the free throw line with 0.875% free throws made. He also showing his natural act for scoring in the league averaging 12.9 points per game. Being a great draft pick for Washington helping them win two games in a row. Beal also helping the Wizards with being third in their conference.
Washington may have got them a steal in this year’s draft. If Beal can adjust to the NBA level fast he may be able to help Washington get back to a playoff contender and if lucky can slip themselves into the 8thseed in the Eastern Conference.