This year, the Washington Wizards could have as many as two players make the NBA All-Star squad. While John Wall has played well enough to be a near-lock, Bradley Beal is one of those players that hangs on the fringe of making the squad. Should Beal deserve some serious consideration?
Beal’s season was slowed as he missed nearly two weeks thanks to a lower-leg injury, but when he has been on the floor, he has been an integral part of the Wizards’ success. In 31 games this season, Beal has averaged just over 17 points per game including 34 in an early season loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. On Monday afternoon against the Philadelphia 76ers, Beal dropped a team-high 22 points.
The second-year guard’s skill set has been on display all season long. He’s been steady behind the arc, averaging nearly 45 percent on threes, and has hit his free throws, averaging 80 percent from the charity stripe. He may only be 20 years old, but he’s mighty talented for a 20-year-old and the All-Star chatter around is backed up every game by his play.
Wall is no doubt the leader of this team, but you can’t deny the contribution that Beal makes and his impact on this team is only growing. He’s scored in double-figures in all but two games this month and nearly locked in his first triple-double as he had eight rebounds and eight assists to go along with his 22 points. He’s seeing the floor better, as evident by his alley-oops to Jan Vesely on Monday, and is making better decisions with the ball in his hands.
Beal’s contribution to this team would make you believe that he’s an All-Star. They rely on him to make plays and have even trusted him with the final shot at times this season. Against the Detroit Pistons, he scored just seven points on 2-14 shooting. It was a difficult game. He was able to shrug of that poor performance and came back strong on Monday afternoon.
Mentally, emotionally and physically, Bradley Beal is playing like an All-Star and is more and more deserving each game of getting the nod to the NBA All-Star Game.