WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Another sub-thirty win season is in the books for the Wizards, and so is the rookie campaign for guard Bradley Beal, leaving a moment to reflect on the positives in a year which didn’t have many.
I think I put a little bit too much pressure on myself and I was definitely pressing when I was shooting the ball,” Beal told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny, when asked about the progress he made. “Eventually, I just slowed down and was like ‘hey, let the game come to you and play the way you know you’re capable of.’”
The numbers support his claim. In his first full month in the NBA, Beal scored 11.2 points per game, and averaged 1.6 assists per game, but as the season wore on, and guys recovered from injury – particularly John Wall and Nene – he began to become more comfortable in his role.
By the end of February, Beal was the leading scorer on the team putting up 17.5 points and averaging 2.3 assists per game, before handing the keys to the offense back to Wall.
With Nene under contract through 2016, and Wall back for at least two more seasons, Beal fits into a fairly promising core for the Wizards, but they’re missing something, in his opinion.
“I think like a stretch four,” Beal responded to what position the team should draft in the 2013 NBA draft. “Someone who we can just pick and pop, and knock down shots and just spread the floor for us.”
Two guys who fit that mold and are available in the 2013 NBA Draft are Alex Len of Maryland, and Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga, for example.
It should come as no surprise Beal thinks the Wizards, who finished tied for the worst scoring output in the league, should draft another scorer. It just shows his growing confidence as member of the team. He’s also humble enough to realize he has plenty to work on (which you can hear more about below).
“You see a lot of the great teams have guys like their four man, who can really shoot the three or shoot a long-range shot,” Beal continued. “So I think that’s definitely something we need to look into.”
But until the draft, here’s something inspiring to hang your hat on:
“My dream is like now a reality. Like everything I worked hard for and all the time and effort I put into it, it’s now here,” Beal said.
Good to hear someone who hasn’t let the money go to his head.
Listen to the interview’s highlights below…