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Is Bradley Beal Emerging As The Leader Of The Washington Wizards?
The Washington Wizards are emerging as a playoff-caliber team this season. That’s great news for all the fans of the team, who saw their favorite group struggling to avoid the last seeds of the conference the past few seasons. Up to now, when an NBA fan thought about the Washington Wizards, it’s all about John Wall. But this season, Bradley Beal is emerging as the real deal for Washington. Can he truly be the leader of the team?
Beal snapped at the opportunity when it was presented to him. John Wall started the season slow, struggling to find a solid shooting pace. That’s when Beal took charge and emerged as the leading scorer for the team. The 20-year old shooting guard is currently averaging a team-high 20.6 points per contest while shooting 41.7 percent from the floor and 44.8 percent from downtown.
Considering the fact that he is on his sophomore season, Beal’s performance can be described at least as promising. His numbers have exploded in comparison to the previous season. He is showing improvement in almost any aspect of the game plus he is also showcasing some of his leadership skills. One thing that he didn’t see from him up to now is his clutch performance. And yet, during his comeback from an injury, Beal hit the game-winning layup with almost seven seconds left in the game, to lift the Wizards over the New York Knicks.
Whilst Bradley Beal missed nine games with a right fibula stress injury, his strong return came to solidify his role as a premier contributor for the Wizards this season.
The future seems really bright for the 6’5” guard. Considering the young of his age and the fact he is constantly improving his performance, we might see him taking things to the next level. The presence of John Wall in the team only benefits both players. In a way, they are competing against each other and at the same time, they are working together.
The Washington Wizards currently stand at the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 10-13 record. After the acquisition of Marcin Gortat, the team seems like it has what it takes to earn the ticket to the postseason. Of course, the contribution of both Beal and Wall will be important for the team.
It might be too soon for us to judge if Beal is taking over as the leader for the Wizards. He will have to prove he can play with consistency and of course, stay out of injury issues. After all, it will take much time for him to overpass the impact John Wall has to the team. However, he certainly has placed the foundation for an even better continuation to his career in the near future.
Beal can be considered as an emerging star. He certainly needs to improve some aspects of his game and develop some distributing skills as well. But the potential is certainly there.
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