It’s amazing how much of a difference maker a 19 year old rookie could be for a struggling Washington Wizards squad. Prior to suffering an ankle sprain, Bradley Beal had risen as a top rookie in a class full of spectacular players. Not only did Bradley Beal receive national recognition by winning Eastern Conference Player of the Month, he helped the Wizards overcome their offensive woes, by becoming a legitimate threat.
After sitting out 5 straight games, Beal returned to the Wizards lineup on Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors. In just 30 minutes off the bench, Beal scored 24 points along side 4 assists. He connected on 8 of his 14 field goal attempts, 6 of which were 3 pointers. Prior to Beal’s return to the Wizards lineup, John Wall was forced to carry the offensive load throughout the game. Now with both Beal and Wall sharing the back court, Washington has gotten some relief on both sides of the floor. With Wall on the floor, Beal has played at a very high level. John Wall’s ability to create for his teammates has certainly increased Beal’s level of play. In an interview with Zach Lowe, Bradley Beal stressed the importance of having Wall as a back court teammate;
He just makes life so much easier since right when he got back. The floor is so much better spaced — who are you gonna guard? Are you gonna leave me open to guard John? Are you gonna leave Martell [Webster]? Who you gonna guard? It just makes it difficult for the other team. He does a great job of finding me, and I just keep shooting.
Here are the complete highlights of Beal’s spectacular return on Sunday night: