Although he missed 26 games due to a wide array of injuries, most notably a reoccurring ankle sprain, Bradley Beal still managed to finish third in this years Rookie of the Year voting. The former third overall pick had went through ups and downs throughout his entire first year in the NBA, but managed to finish the season out on a high note during the latter half of the season. Beal struggled without John Wall at the beginning of the season, but averaging nearly 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, after the All-Star break. Beal was expected to struggle right out of the gate, but the 19 year old quickly found his niche on the NBA floor. He adjusted to the speed of the game, but most importantly, Beal’s confidence had grown exponentially throughout the season. Even though the Washington Wizards had a bit of a turbulent season, Beal continued to develop, despite the obstacles. When asked about Beal’s significant growth throughout the course of the year, Wizards head coach, Randy Wittman was quick to point out his noted growth, stating
You never know what you’re going to get, or how quickly things will come to a 19 year old, who has played one year of college…But he did show a great sense of adjusting quickly to what was happening around him, through everything. The thing that was impressive was, I saw, each time he got another second time around with an individual or a team, he learned and he improved and he got smarter with what he had to do.
Wizards fans haven’t had much to get excited about as of late, especially from a roster standpoint, but Bradley Beal is definitely someone who has improved the organization. With John Wall and Bradley Beal staring as the backcourt duo, Washington’s future has never looked brighter.