Washington Wizards Need Healthy Bradley Beal

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The Washington Wizards had one of the top picks in last season’s NBA Draft and ended up with Bradley Beal. As the offseason begins for the Wizards, the health of Beal becomes a major question. He was able to play in just 56 games this season while averaging 13.9 points a game, which was second-highest on the team. There is no doubt that Beal must stay healthy next season for this Washington team to make a serious run at the playoffs.

Beal dealt with all sort of problems, including a stress injury in his right fibula and is still not walking around with it. He will be resting that injury most of the summer in my estimation and while that will delay some of this preparation for next season, it also means he is mentally preparing. The Wizards can’t afford to have Beal hurt again next season. He was drafted high to provide a scoring punch to go with John Wall.

I have to believe that Beal will come up with a better season next year. It may be a season where he averages over 16 points a game and brings the Wizards close to the .500 mark. That would be a 12-game improvement over this season and with another high draft pick coming, another young star could be coming on board. There is a lot of promise with Beal and the expectations on him are going to remain very high. It is a changing atmosphere with Washington and one where winning will soon be expected. Beal is just part of that finally happening again for the Wizards.

Andy Schmidt is a writer/columnist for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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