This next set of Vines is a part of our special, “Bradley Beal does New York” edition. In this showcase of short clips we see Beal’s underrated ability to create space for himself, an increasingly evolving ability to finish at the rim, and his picture perfect balance and form when shooting a silky J. Each clip shows a fully developed or quickly developing aspect of young Bradley’s game. Enjoy it, my beloved.
Top Wizards Moments No. 50-46
Top Wizards Moments No. 45-41
Top Wizards Moments No. 40-36
Top Wizards Moments No. 35-31
Top Wizards Moments No. 30-26
25. Pure destruction of J.R. Smith.
Why? Why did you even try J.R.? Shouldn’t you be ten feet behind the arc? Beal shows off his athleticism and a heightened sense of awareness here. He approaches the basket from its left side, sees J.R. Smith coming and promptly attacks the right side of the basket. This makes it increasingly difficult for Smith to even have a chance of blocking this shot and also ensures that if he even tries to that he will draw some contact en route to a three-point play opportunity. Beal does pay the price a little as he gets whacked in the head, but is still able to finish the slam dunk with the same authority as if he was unscathed. Perhaps we can see the same sequence of events when Lebron James is coming for a chase-down block? Okay, okay. Baby steps. I know.
24. Too slow. Too late. Two points.
Beal looks like a Power Ranger avoiding the Putty Patrol in this clip, and the New York Knicks show their sad attempt to run some sort of Miami Heat defense. Beal avoids the double from Chandler and Shumpert as they deemed Wall a non-threat from the corner. Gortat holds on the screen just long enough to give Beal some breathing space. Beal gets Shumpert with another pump fake and at that point he has enough real estate to show off that pretty form. Credit to Gortat for setting the screen and Ariza for cutting to the hoop, giving Beal some options if the play didn’t yield him the space he needed. This early in his career it’s scary to think Beal has certain spots on the floor where he’s nearly automatic. The one shown in this clip? Automatic. Carmelo tries his best to get to that spot, but he falls short in a way that only Avon Barksdale could describe best.
“You only got to fuck up once… Be a little slow, be a little late, just once. How you ain’t gonna never be slow? Never be late?”
Too slow. Too late. Two points.