On Saturday night, the 2014 NBA Three-Point Contest got off to a rather mediocre start. In the finale, we saw Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal take on San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli and from the get-go, it looked like Beal was in trouble.
Belinelli went first and caught fire, finishing with a contest-high 24 points.
As Beal began his final round, he got off to a slow start, giving viewers the thought that he was done for. But, Beal finished the round by drilling six straight and tying Belinelli, thus forcing a tiebreaker.
Ultimately, Belinelli took home the crown, but Beal’s sharp shooting to send it to a tiebreaker showed us a lot about what kind of player he is — and who he will be.
The Wizards already have one of the top point guards in the game with John Wall, who set out to be the best in the league this year. Pairing him with a second-year shooting guard like Beal who has an unbelievably smooth stroke will prove to be lethal in the Eastern Conference for years to come.
Many waiver on the notion that Beal could be an All-Star in the future, but the fact that he performed so well on such a huge stage — especially when such a minority picked him to make the final round — gives me the belief that it is just a matter of time before it happens.
Averaging 17.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists this season, Beal has come on strong in his sophomore campaign. Shooting the ball over 43 percent from beyond the arc won’t hurt either. Beal is only a sophomore and spent a great deal of his first year and a half sidelined with injury. If he stays healthy, Beal will be one of the best shooting guards in the game very shortly.