In an evolving NBA, the three point shot is crucial to master. As a shooting guard, if you can master the shot from beyond the arc, you are truly a dangerous weapon in the league. Not all guards are able to define themselves with a lethal shot, only a few have. Enter Washington’s Bradley Beal.
Early in his career, he was riddled with injury issues. From nose injuries to ankle problems, Beal has had his far share of problems staying on the floor. However, when Beal is healthy and available, he is one of the best guards in all the league. Along with his sweet shooting stroke, Bradley has become a better playmaker and stepped up his defense to make him a powerful two-way player.
Playing along side John Wall, a dynamic guard in his own right, Washington has become a true contender. When both Beal and Wall are at their best, you’d be hard pressed to find teams that could slow them down. Beal comes with the total package. Length, height, range, I.Q, and most of all he is a warrior. Dealing with his share of recurring injuries, many players could quit and pack it in. That’s not who he is, Beal buckled down every offseason and has improved mightily since his days as a Florida Gator.
After signing a max five-year deal with Washington this offseason, a lot of pressure was put on Beal’s shoulders. Now holding the the title of a “max player,” there is a certain level of greatness that is expected night after night. Beal has not only took on that pressure, he has flourished under it.
When talking about the best shooting guards in the NBA, their are a bevy of names that you can throw out. Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo are just a few names that come to mind. A healthy Beal has led to him having a career year, you would be committing a crime leaving Bradley’s name off that list.