The shooting guard position for the Washington Wizards inevitably begins and ends on the performance of fourth-year man Bradley Beal. Beal is one of the most talented young athletes in the NBA, and has drawn comparisons to future Hall of Famers like Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade. He has a sweet shooting stroke and has shown more aggressiveness on defense and off the dribble, especially in last year’s playoffs.
Unfortunately, a couple of factors have led to the former University of Florida star to still be known as an “up-and-comer” rather than a full-fledged star like his backcourt counterpart, John Wall. First, nagging injuries have cut into each of his first three seasons. Beal has missed 54 out of 246 games since 2013, and as it normally goes in the NBA, injuries can be killer to a player’s stat line. Beal has been relegated to minute limits and coming off the bench at times, and his career points average of 15.6 could be much higher if he were in the lineup on a more consistent basis. [Read more…]