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Bradley Beal in 2012-13 with the Wizards: Growing Pains? Beal With Them

Updated: May 21, 2013

[Wizards 2012-13 Player Reviews from the TAI crew are going down; let’s reflect—index so far:
Jannero PargoJason CollinsShaun LivingstonShelvin MackCartier MartinEarl Barron,
Jan VeselyChris SingletonTrevor BookerGarrett TempleEmeka OkaforTrevor Ariza,
Martell WebsterA.J. PriceJordan CrawfordKevin SeraphinBradley BealNeneJohn Wall.]

Bradley Beal 2012-13 Washington Wizards Player Review

Bradley Beal

6-5 (but not really) : Height
207 lbs. : Weight
19 : Age
R : Years NBA Experience
1 : NBA Team

Drafted third overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Time as a Wizard in 2012-13

56 : Games
46 : Starts
1,745 : Minutes

1.63 out of 3 stars

Average Truth About DC Council Game Rating
{Beal evaluated over 52 games}

13.6 PER

NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
maybe Kevin Grevey for the 1979-80 Washington Bullets (13.7)
maybe Vince Carter for the 2011-12 Dallas Mavericks (13.6),
maybe Ron Harper for the 2004-05 Miami Heat (13.6)

.082 Win Shares/48 Minutes

NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
maybe Muggsy Bogues for the 1991-92 Charlotte Hornets (.082),
maybe Spud Webb for the 1987-88 Atlanta Hawks (.082),
maybe Dwyane Wade for the 2007-08 Miami Heat (.082)

With Bradley Beal on the Court…

The Wizards offense scored 0.3 points less per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 0.4 points more per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: minus-2.4

Numbers : Per 36 Minutes

16.1 : Points
4.4 : Rebounds
0.6 : Blocks
1.0 : Steals
2.8 : Assists
1.9 : Turnovers
2.3 : Fouls

0.91 PPP

Beal had 842 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 0.91 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 209th in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.88 PPP over 560 possessions, ranked 224th.


41% Field Goals (282-687)
38.6% 3-Pointers (91-236)
78.6% Free Throws (125-159)


Bradley Beal in 2012-13 with the Wizards:

Growing Pains? Beal With Them

by John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

The Washington Wizards have been baaaaad in the John Wall era. Of course, the John Wall era in D.C. wouldn’t be a thing if the team was any good—a silver lining of sorts, I suppose. But they’ve been bad. In the first two years of the rebuild, 2010-12, the Wizards were ranked 28th and 29th in offensive rating (in other words, points scored per 100 possessions). Their defensive rating in both seasons was ranked 23rd.

This suggests two problems: 1) The Wizards can’t score efficiently (they have never averaged more than one point per possession), and 2) the Wizards can’t stop anybody on offensive (giving up as many as 107.2 points per 100 possessions).

Enter Bradley Beal, the answer to some of the team’s problems.

Here’s what John Hollinger, Memphis’ new team builder, had to say about the athletic, rebounding rookie out of the University of Florida before the season:

Beal is clearly a strong talent, but reports of his shooting ability may be a bit overblown. For him, comparisons to Eric Gordon or Marcus Thornton seem more apt than those to Ray Allen. Beal attempted nearly half his shots from beyond the arc as a freshman at Florida but made only 33.9 percent, and his 76.9 percent mark from the line doesn’t exactly conjure images of Reggie Miller, either.

But if he’s the next Gordon, the Wizards still have a heck of a player. Beal is a bit undersized for a shooting guard, but he is athletic, is physical and can handle the ball well enough to play the point in a pinch. Like Gordon, he has shown a knack for overpowering opponents en route to the rim. He was also the third-youngest player in the draft, perhaps helping to explain his fairly ordinary freshman-year stats at Florida.

While we now know that Beal is no world-beater, the teenager was exactly what the team needed.

Well, he will be.

Although he lined up as a starter on opening day, Beal was slow to get out of the blocks. He made just two of eight shots and finished minus-16 in plus/minus in his first NBA game against the Cavaliers. The Wizards lost by 10 (but they always lose the first game of the season). In 13 games during November, Beal shot just 34 percent from the field. It wasn’t that he was taking poor shots. In fact, most of his shots were open—and in the flow of the offense—but he couldn’t find the touch. In December, where Beal shot 36.8 percent from the field, Randy Wittman said what everybody was thinking: Beal was “playing with no rhythm to his game.”

Before long, the word “bust” was being used to describe the Wizards’ latest lottery selection.

“It’s not fair to label rookies as busts or saviors after just a couple of dozen games into their careers, but in a results-based society like we have now, we tend to do jump to conclusions until the results get better,” wrote Zach Harper of CBS Sports.

“The jumper everybody raved about heading into the draft—and compared to the form of Ray Allen, the greatest 3-point shooter of all time—doesn’t yield any sort of respectable and acceptable production. If a shooting guard can’t shoot and isn’t finishing at the rim, it’s pretty hard for him to have a positive impact,” continued Harper, summing up Beal’s first few months in the Association. “And that’s what Beal has been failing to do so far in his rookie career. He can’t affect the game in a positive way. Sure, he’s just a rookie and it’s only been a short start to his career, but there has to be a little concern with his play moving forward.”

Early-season struggles didn’t stop Beal from winning recognition as the Eastern Conference’s Rookie of the Month in December—he led all rookies in the conference in scoring and total assists. In January, Beal’s first month shooting better than .400 from the field, he won his second consecutive Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award, averaging 15.1 points per game. Beal not only led all rookies in made 3s (32) but also in 3-point field goal percentage (.508).

“The game just slowed down on its own,” Beal told me in January. “It just took me a while to get the feel of things, and, once I started doing that, the game became a lot easier for me. I’m starting to make better reads, easier reads, things I can use on both ends of the floor. It’s becoming more fun now, so that’s the most important thing to me. Once I’m having fun, I’m really playing pretty well.”

And play well he did. (Having John Wall join him in the back court in mid-January helped.) Beal averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game on the season, while setting a rookie franchise record with 91 made 3s.

Splash. Watergate.

The highlights: He scored a career-high 29 points against the New York Knicks in March, was second on the team behind Wall in 20-point games (13), and was the high-point man 21 times. He grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against Denver in February, dished out a career-high six assists against the Warriors in December, and had four blocks against the Timberwolves in January. He made at least four 3-pointers in six games—his sweet spot is the left corner where he shot 57.1 percent (17.9 percent better than the league average from that zone).

And, of course, Beal was invited to participate—and start—in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend. In just over 22 minutes, the rookie scored 12 points on 10 shots, dished out four assists, recorded two steals, and finished plus-18 in plus/minus in a 163-135 win.

The lowlights? The abuse he took trying to defend the likes of Joe Johnson, James Harden, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, and Kobe Bryant—a unique learning experience, no doubt. The bright side is that Beal is “taking notes on these guys, learning how they move without the ball, how they make their cuts, and how they make their reads.”

The other big disappointment: injuries. Beal took some serious knocks over the course of the year, and the rookie often talked about the wear and tear that comes with a full NBA season. The Wizards went 7-19 in the 26 games Beal missed with injury—a sprained right wrist, a lower back injury (and possible concussion), and a stress reaction in his right fibula caused by playing on a pair of bum ankles that ended his season.

The Wizards with Bradley Beal at the 2 finished the year ranked dead last in offensive rating (97.8). However, they improved their defensive rating to 8th (100.6), the team’s best mark in years. Obviously, Beal has his work cut out for him, but he seems ready for whatever challenges the NBA throws his way. He’s tough. He will get better.

“[Bradley Beal] is very talented,” New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd told TAI’s Adam McGinnis this season. “He can play without the ball, he can put a lot of pressure on the defense and he can shoot it. He is the future of the NBA.”

For some reason, hearing a player described as “the future of the NBA” means a lot more when it’s coming from a surefire Hall-of-Famer instead of Big Momma Pamela McGee.

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John Converse Townsend
Reporter / Writer / Co-Editor at TAI
John has been part of the editorial team at TAI since 2010. He likes: pocket passes, chase-down blocks, 3-pointers. He dislikes: typos, turnovers, midrange jump shots.