Bradley Beal: How John Wall and Wizards No. 1 Pick Can Make Each Other Better
Since joining the team as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, John Wall hasn't had many options around him to work with, but now that the Washington Wizards have Bradley Beal, that will change.
Beal was the team's No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft. He added a much needed scoring option for a team that ranked No. 27 in points per game during the 2011-12 season.
It will no doubt take the 19-year-old time to develop into the scorer the Wizards hope he will eventually be, but Wall can certainly help that along.
Being the best player by far on Washington's roster, Wall will always command extra attention from defenders, and that helps to take a ton of pressure off his teammates. Wall's ability to drive to the basket will undoubtedly cause teams to double or triple team him, leaving other options open.
This will be a great advantage for Beal, who otherwise would be the No. 1 target to stop for opposing defenses if Wall wasn't on the team. The rookie guard should have plenty of open looks from the perimeter, so he would be wise to really work on his jump up until the season starts.
Rookies never have an easy time adjusting to the NBA unless they are a special kind of player—like LeBron James. Although Beal has talent to make an impact in this league, he doesn't figure to have such an easy time getting there.
Wall has also proven to be a great passer, averaging eight assists per season on what has always been a basement-dwelling team. Skills like that will help create easier opportunities for Beal to score points, and that will go a long way in building his confidence for the future.
Despite not being established yet, Beal will also command some extra attention as one of the Wizards top scoring options.
That should help Wall get a bit more space to work with—although it won't be too much more until Beal proves to be the real deal—and could help unleash Wall's ability to score the ball—something we haven't seen much of because he's had nobody to take the pressure off him.
Beal finds himself in a great situation with Washington.
Sure, he won't be part of a winning team right away, but his development will no doubt get a boost playing with Wall, and vice versa. However, if the Wizards want to put Beal in the best position possible to succeed, he should start next to Wall when the season starts.
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