It looks like Ernie Grunfeld may have known what he was doing when he selected Bradley Beal to run along side John Wall. Then again, Beal brought something to the table that Washington Wizards desperately needed, outside shooting. The Beal pick seemed like a no brainer at the time, but one never knows when it comes to the Wizards.
It took awhile, more like 2 1/2 months, for the Wizards to finally see Beal and Wall on the floor together. It didn’t take long to see the potential of the two together on the court. Matter of fact, Wall’s first assist of the season was to Beal. Beal had begun to really come on before the return of Wall, but Wall makes the game easier. With Wall being a willing passer, Beal can now get easier baskets in a variety of ways. Even though Beal is more than capable, Wall’s return also means Beal doesn’t have to create off the dribble as much as he did earlier in the season.
Beal is the perfect compliment to Wall. He is a good shooter, good off of screens and willing runner on fast breaks. Beal is also an underrated defender. Both players are a long way from being finished players, but the ability to grow together should accelerate the growth of both. The Wizards would be wise to make sure they continue building upon this foundation. It seems they are finally headed in the right direction after many false starts the past couple of years. They now know they have their back court of the future, especially with both players being under 23 years old.