NBA Draft 2012: Why Bradley Beal Will Ultimately Become Draft's Best Player

Tom Firme@TFirmeAnalyst IIJune 27, 2012

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 18:  Bradley Beal #23 of the Florida Gators drives for a shot attempt in the first half against the Norfolk State Spartans during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 18, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Bradley Beal is one of several prospects who hope to be taken in the first round of Thursday's draft. Beal is also a player whose star could shoot high. He's a terrific sharpshooter and can rebounds and pass well. His skill set should translate well to the NBA.

At that, his skills will translate better than any other player in the draft.

A few other good scorers will be drafted among the lottery picks. Harrison Barnes could become a team's leading scorer within a couple years and Austin Rivers is quite the creator on offense.

However, Rivers isn't as strong or explosive, while Barnes doesn't drive to the basket as well as and has inferior decision-making skills to those of Beal.

Some might suggest that Anthony Davis or Thomas Robinson will have a better career than Beal. As for Davis, the Kentucky product has not yet refined his musculature. As remarkable a prospect as he appears to be, Davis could have a rough career if he doesn't bulk up some.

Also, Davis needs to work on his post game in order to be successful offensively in the pros. His game needs to expand beyond mostly dunking the ball.

Robinson still has much to work on in his offensive game. As his profile notes, Robinson hasn't developed a feel for defenders collapsing on him. He doesn't have much of an offensive game other than catching the ball and putting it up from his post position.

If he doesn't make himself less predictable, Robinson could be limited as an offensive threat.

Meanwhile, Beal has already established that he will be a strong offensive player. He showed in his only year at Florida that he can at least be a terrific shooter inside the arc. He shot 54 percent from two-point range in 2011-12.

The St. Louis native is a good slasher who can get to the basket and score. He's also capable of drawing fouls on inside drives and knocking down free throws. He shot 76.9 percent from the free-throw line.

He's also a good passer. Beal averaged 2.2 assists per game. He knows how to pass the ball when he doesn't have a good shot opportunity.

If Beal can regain the strong three-point shooting he showed while in high school after hitting a pedestrian 33.9 percent from that range at Florida, then he'll be a complete offensive player as a pro.

Beal already appears to be on his way to being a solid NBA scorer. He can hit shots at a high rate and push the ball inside. His scoring ability could help turn around the team that drafts him.