Expectations are typically high for a top-3 NBA draft pick. Bradley Beal had the luxury of just being the number 2 guy though to Washington Wizards star John Wall. Beal was picked after going one and done at the University of Florida, with his shooting touch looking like a perfect compliment to Wall’s slashing ability.
The pair indeed were a great match until a series of injuries derailed Beal’s progress years into the duo’s partnership. The duo would make a short run before Wall suffered season-altering injuries that thrusted Bradley as the Wizard’s undisputed leader.
Beal thrived statistically without Wall while adding to his game. With Wall, Bradley showed he could get his shot off with better off-ball movement. Beal used this to get space after Wall’s injury with the added shot totals left behind by John and ran with it – finishing in the top 2 in scoring in both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
Future Washington teammate Russell Westbrook had one word to describe Beal after his scoring evolution: “Superstar.”