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NBA Washington Wizards

Bradley Beal Proving Himself To Be Worthy Of No. 3 Pick

Geoff Burke – US PRESSWIRE

Bradley Beal has emerged as the go-to player for the Washington Wizards. At 19 years of age, Beal has displayed a level of consistency that no one else on the team can claim. Each month, he has raised his scoring and shooting average, and he has been named Rookie Of The Month two months in a row for the Eastern Conference.

Coming out of college, he was pegged as a shooter, but during the course of the season he has proven to be much more.

The year started off slowly for Beal. Without John Wall or Nene Hilario in the lineup to start the season, Beal stumbled out of the gate. Beal also struggled to adjust against NBA defenses who keyed in on the rookie from the jump.

He started to warm up in the month of December, and has been on a tear since the new year began. A big 3-pointer to send the game into an extra period against the Brooklyn Nets, and then the game winner against the Oklahoma City Thunder made other teams take notice.

Once Wall returned from injury, Beal has impressed even more.

For the month of February, Beal has averaged 17.7 points per game, shooting a season high of .478 percent from the field. He is also grabbing five rebounds a game, getting his career-high of 12 in a win over the Denver Nuggets. Every month he has increased production, adjusting to the NBA game, and the way teams are trying to play him every night.

There is no doubt he should be right up there with Damian Lillard for Rookie Of The Year honors at the end of the season. The Wizards have found something special in Bradley Beal.

Thomas Jones is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RapperBigPooh, “Like” his Facebook page, and add on Google+