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Wizards Make Right Move by Picking Bradley Beal No. 3 Overall in 2012 Draft

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28:  Bradley Beal (R) of the Florida Gators greets NBA Commissioner David Stern (L) after he was selected number three overall by the Washington Wizards during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at Prudential Center on June 28, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Jay WierengaCorrespondent IJune 29, 2012

The Washington Wizards are one of the early winners of tonight's NBA Draft.

In a move that seemed destined to happen once Charlotte dealt for Ben Gordon, Washington was able to bolster what will be one of the most electrifying young tandems in the league.

For those that have been under a rock for the last year or so, Beal is a legit two guard.

Blessed with tremendous strength, athleticism and perhaps the best range in the draft, Beal has drawn comparisons to some of the elite off guards in the league.

Initially, some thought that Beal might be slightly undersized, and compared him to New Orleans guard Eric Gordon, or worse, Charlotte's Gordon.

Beal, however, appears to be a genuine 6'5, which may not be huge, is certainly big enough to contend with some of the league's big guards.

Given Washington's current lineup, Beal appears to be a shoe-in to start.

The Wizards would be wise to turn continue their up-tempo attack, but also, look to develop more of an inside-out game in the half court given Beal's range.

Wall should thank Charlotte

The biggest winner in this whole situation is John Wall.

When Charlotte dealt for Gordon and ensured that Beal would fall to Washington, Wall should have done a cartwheel.

The biggest problem Wall has had on offense is a legitimate safety valve. 

For some teams, a safety valve for a point guard is a big man that can score with his back to the hoop.

For others, it's a big man that can pop a jumper in the pick-and-roll.

But for most, it is a perimeter player that can catch and shoot.

Wall's biggest strengths are his athleticism, quickness, and ability to penetrate.

A penetrating guard has three options.

They can either drive and shoot, drive and dump off to a big man, or they can drive and kick out.

The Wizards lack a true dump off option, which means that Wall was stuck trying to finish more often than not, which made him rather predictable.

Now with Beal, he has the option of kicking the ball out to the perimeter and making the defense pay.

Beal also takes pressure off of Wall on the defensive side of the ball.

Wall, if paired with a small shooting guard, would be forced to defend the opponents off-guard given his long arms and quickness.

Now that he is paired with a more physically strong guard, he can concentrate on guarding the opponent's point guard, which also improves the offense in that Wall will no longer be punished on defense.

Conclusion

Outside of Anthony Davis, Beal has got to have the inside track on Rookie of the Year.

He is stepping into a situation where he will be allowed to play early and often, and his skills are uniquely acquainted to.

Beal will most definitely be an All-Rookie first team selection, barring injury, and a five-to-two favorite to win Rookie of the Year.

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