After finishing third in NBA Rookie of the Year voting, behind only Portland Trail Blazers forward Damian Lillard and New Orleans Hornets first-overall selection Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal captured the natural extension by earning All-NBA Rookie Team honors with a unanimous vote among the league’s coaches.
The two-time Rookie of the Month honoree averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 2012-13 before even hitting his 20th birthday.
In the nation’s capital, Beal’s profile shines in the right place with a promising young Washington Wizards roster.
“People recognize me, but I’m still like a normal person on the street, in my opinion,” Beal said recently, via The Washington Post. “I don’t think I’m better than you, which is why I still do some of things I’d do if I was still back home, if I was at school still. I’m still going to be the same guy no matter what my bank account looks like. I definitely have a lot more access to things, material things. I’m a 19-year-old and I make a lot of money. Not a lot of kids or people have that opportunity, that blessing I have and I’m very grateful for it.”
Beal found a knack for timely shots late in games this past season and this bodes well for his ascent with the Wiz. With 2009 top overall pick John Wall making dramatic strides, along with the team as a whole down the stretch this past season, Washington’s backcourt tandem provides a ton to get thrilled about. Point guard, check. Shooting guard, check.