It’s hard to believe that Bradley Beal will be entering his fifth NBA season and is still only 23 years old. Since the arrival of the sharpshooter with the Ray-Allen-esque-jumper in DC, Wizards fans have been enamored with the idea of having the most dynamic backcourt – aka the #HouseOfGuards – in all the league. Unfortunately for Washington, Beal has simply struggled to stay healthy enough for him and Wall to find their true on court chemistry for any extended period of time. When they did…they were mauling the Bulls, sweeping the Raptors and setting us up for what we thought would be years of playoff prosperity, and along with tons of sh*t talking to any team with inferior backcourts.
Having covered this team in some capacity since the Flip Saunders era (RIP Flip!), we’ve have heard from every Wizards player not named John Wall tell us what amazing offseason programs they had; that they are in the best shape of their lives and the lofty expectations they have for the team and themselves.
The difference between past players’ claims and when Brad Beal says it is that Beal has the skill set, work ethic and God-given ability to make it happen.
Thankfully, and by the looks from the video we were shown ahead of it’s public release (shoutout to Whistle Sports), Brad seems to have done everything in his power to change his health fortunes and his mindset for the 2016-17 season.
As you will see, Beal talks about wanting to create better off the dribble, being able to drive and finish with contact and improving his finish around the rim. His goal is to get the Wizards back into the playoffs and individually is shooting for the All-Star team, 1st team NBA All-Defense and making an All-NBA team.
Your response to what I just said maybe one of skepticism, disbelief, anger, laughter, or acceptance but understand that all of Beal’s goals are no laughing matter. Over the years, we’ve talked to numerous NBA experts, national writers, local writers, team play by play analysts, the radio voices of the Washington Wizards and the consensus everywhere always starts with…“if he’s healthy”…and that’s exactly the point. If Beal manages to get his body right this year and benefit from playing side by side with one of the best ball distributors in the game today in John Wall then there is no telling how much he can elevate his game.
What will it take for Bradley to get to his individual goals?
Like I said, it may be tough and it wont be easy but when it comes to basketball ability Bradley Beal is the Real Deal, I’ll let his play do the rest of the talking.