Washington Wizards: 15 greatest scorers of all-time

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Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
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6. player. 142. . SG. (2012-present). Bradley Beal

With the 2018-19 Wizards seemingly on the precipice of tearing the roster down and starting from scratch, guard Bradley Beal has become the team’s most valuable trade chip. After all, players with his skill set are hard to come by.

Drafted third overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, Beal entered the league with a great reputation as a 3-point shooter, which he has more than lived up to.

From 2012-2018, Beal shot 39.3 percent from long distance, seemingly making him the perfect co-star alongside pass-first guard John Wall (if the two of them enjoyed playing with one another that is).

Over the past couple of seasons, Beal has taken a step forward as an upper echelon scorer thanks to his newfound ability to create his own shot. Beal’s aptitude for scoring off the dribble was one of the weaker areas of his game coming out of Florida.

Now, he can handle the ball in the pick-and-roll and run the offense for a bit when Wall needs a breather. Unlocking this skill has helped Beal go from averaging in the mid-teens in scoring to regularly averaging over 20 points per game, which he has done each of the two seasons — and through 19 games in 2018-19.

If the Wizards decide to blow this thing up, Beal seems like the likeliest candidate to be traded due to his contract and that he would net the Wizards the best possible return in a swap. If he stays however, Beal could become one of the three best scorers in Wizards history.