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The Top 50 Wizards Moments from 2013-14 (No. 25-21) – The Special Bradley Beal NYC Takeover Edition

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.

[Previous rankings]:
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.


23. “I’m D.C. all the way!”

Madison Square Garden does tend to bring the best out of the stars – from other teams that is. At one of their recent low points in years past, The Knicks franchise was advertising other players who were coming there to destroy the home team, rather than promote the home team themselves. General fans of the league will remember Kobes 61 and Lebrons Triple-Double, but Wizards fans will hold this Beal performance close to their heart. Beal’s statement of “I’m D.C. all the way” should put a smile across your face and quell any notion that Beal wants out of the nation’s capital. Not like you had that idea in the first place. Beal seems loyal, keeps to himself, and is a silent assassin of sorts. So no, Madison Square Garden isn’t his second home. D.C. is his home. Madison Square Garden is just his bitch.


22. He cannot be contained.

Some average players in this league know how to draw a foul when they get inside. Only the good ones can finish the play through the contact on a consistent basis. Beal has shown an increased propensity to finish in the paint with his own sense of acrobatic flair. The icing on the cake is when you, a teammate, or someone in the crowd yells out “AND 1!” and your defender is left with his hands up pretending like he didn’t try to steal cookies from the cookie jar. Oh, well whaddya know? That’s exactly what happened here.


21. Beal shakes Shumpert out his shorts.

Multiple things make this impressive. Beal gets Shumpert off of his feet, drives to the left, anticipates that Iman has recovered and then takes the best shot that’s available. The best part about it is that he hit that shot like it was what he planned on taking all along. Part of the luster is that Iman Shumpert can be an elite on-ball defender when motivated. The other part? There’s only a handful of guys that can take and make that shot with the grace and form that Beal displays here. To be an elite scorer in this league you have to be able to convert your second or third option with the same poise as your first. Bradley Beal is well on his way.

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