Bradley Beal's 5 Most Dangerous Offensive Moves
When the Wizards drafted Beal out of the University of Florida, they knew that they were getting a great college shooter with tremendous upside on both sides of the ball.
Beal’s shooting has gotten even better since entering the league—no surprise to anyone—but it is the rest of his game that has really taken off since his arrival.
Here are Beal’s five most dangerous offensive skills.
5. Step-Back Jumper
The step-back jumper has been perfected by some of the NBA's best shooters in the league. It is one of the best moves you can have to gain on-ball separation from a defender.
While it is a dangerous move, it is extremely hard to perfect. Based on this video against the Nets, Beal has perfected that move.
No one has questioned Beal's shot since he entered the league. Once John Wall came back from injury, Beal's shot was as good as there was.
What Beal needs to learn how to do is create his own looks.
This step-back jumper is the first step forward in his on-ball offense. As you will see, Beal can work off the ball and make any shot he wants, but until he can create his own shot on a consistent basis, he won't reach superstar status.
4. Quick 1st Step
Beal wasn’t the biggest, strongest or fastest player coming out of college, but he had a very effective rookie season for the Wizards.
When you are not a superior athlete in the NBA, you need to be able to figure out ways to beat more athletic defenders.
One of Beal’s most effective ways of doing so off the dribble is with a quick first step, as seen in the first 30 seconds of this video.
As he enters his first NBA offseason, he will continue to get faster. Based on how quickly he can get around NBA defenders now, I can’t wait to watch him in the 2013-14 season.
3. Pump Fake
Every shooter needs a pump fake. Every great shooter needs a great pump fake.
Beal has a great pump fake.
He used it against the Thunder to beat them with a mid-range shot right at the end of regulation. After the pick, he gets both Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha off their feet.
Once the defenders were in the air, Beal stepped in front and hit the game-winning mid-range jump shot.
That pump fake not only won the Wizards that game, but also gave Beal his first game-winning shot. He will be able to find any shot he wants with that pump fake for the rest of his career.
2. Moving off the Ball
Moving off the ball is one of the most important things a shooter can do to give himself enough room to get a good shot off.
If you watch any great shooters from the past, like Ray Allen or Reggie Miller, you know that these guys never stopped moving on offense.
That’s exactly what Beal does in this video.
He starts at the top of the key, runs through a few screens like he will go to the left corner, realizes he has no play over there, comes back around and receives the pass for an open three.
Knowing how to move without the ball and use screens is one of the hardest things to do as a shooter. Wizards fans should be excited.
1. Corner 3
While the rest of his game has certainly improved, Beal’s corner three is by far his most effective tool.
According to his shot chart on Vorped, he hit 54.9 percent of his threes from the left corner and 43.8 percent from the right corner.
Those aren't only great numbers for a rookie, but for anyone in the league. For reference, last season Steph Curry made 47.2 percent of his threes from the left corner and 58.8 percent from the right corner. While Beal is still nowhere near the player that Curry is, he rivals him as a shooter.
With the addition of Otto Porter to the lineup next year, less attention will be on Beal. If Porter can live up to his high expectations—which is expected at this point in the summer—expect Beal’s numbers to increase substantially.