With the NBA Draft Lottery just one day away, we’ll take a look back when the Washington Wizards selected Bradley Beal third overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Prior to getting selected by the Wizards, there were reports of the Cleveland Cavaliers possibly trying to move up in the draft in order to snag Beal before it was Washington’s time to pick. Luckily, the Cavaliers failed to strike a deal with the Charlotte Bobcats, and as fate would have it, Beal would ultimately end up in a Wizards uniform.
I’ll never forget how ecstatic the Wizards fan base was, especially right after the Bradley Beal selection became official. As John Wall established himself as the face of the franchise, Wizards fans couldn’t wait to watch the young duo work the backcourt. Unfortunately, the NBA had to wait before the John Wall-Bradley Beal backcourt tandem came to frution, as Wall rehabbed the stress injury to his knee.
With the season over, and the time to reflect has begun, Wizards fans can finally sit back and realize the special backcourt they have in the nation’s capital. There aren’t many instances in which players as dynamic as John Wall and Bradley Beal get to share the floor together, especially since their games mesh so well.
Bradley Beal has now been selected to the All-Rookie first team, making fans even more excited for the future.
Hopefully the Wizards can have similar luck tomorrow night, possibly moving up in the draft and securing another young piece to build their franchise around.