Wizards’ Beal Caps Off Summer League, Eager To Pair Up With Wall

By Drew Packham, NBA.com


LAS VEGAS — Bradley Beal was still smiling after his five games in Las Vegas, but hardly satisfied.

“It was fun and at the same time it was a learning process,” said Beal, who the Wizards took with the No. 3 pick in the 2012 Draft. “The working doesn’t stop. I always have to get better. I was happy, but I wasn’t happy with my performance.”

Beal had a solid but not spectacular Summer League, averaging 17.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while struggling at times with his shot, finishing at 41.7 percent from the floor. Beal averaged 30 minutes of action, giving the Wizards staff a long look at their shooting guard of the future.

“He’s got great composure,” coach Randy Wittman said. “You can’t tell if the kid scored 30 points or one point. He makes right decisions. He makes the extra pass if he doesn’t have it — almost sometimes too unselfish. But when you’ve got a guy with that character, a coach likes to have that.”

Wittman spoke highly of the Florida guard for his ability in the pick-and-roll and looks forward to seeing how he and point guard John Wall work together in the backcourt.

He’s not the only one.

“I think it will be great, honestly,” Beal said of playing with the Wall, who sat courtside for Tuesday’s game. “We just want to win. That’s our mentality. We want to try to make each other better every day. That’s what he wants, that’s what I want. I think our chemistry is already building. I really can’t wait to play alongside him.”

Beal showed off his ability to score in a variety of ways and seemed to improve in the pick-and-roll throughout the Wizards’ five games. Beal found success using the high screen, repeatedly knocking down the elbow jumper or continuing down the lane for the easy layup or dunk.

“I was pleasantly surprised to see him use pick and rolls,” Wittman said. “At Florida, he didn’t really play the pick-and-roll game much because he was playing small forward so we wanted to see that. I like what I saw.”

Beal says he’s looking forward to settling in to the D.C. area, and hopes to move in at least a month before training camp opens in the end of September.

“This was just a taste for him,” Wittman said. “You hope to see a guy get comfortable as the week goes on and I think he did. Now we’re going to be able to show him some things that we can work on so at camp he’ll have an idea of what to expect”




  1. Rookie fanatic says:

    I agree with Weems 100% Wizards just need time to have their players grow into men. Why isn’t Weems in the league? Wasn’t he one of the best players in college basketball a year or 2 ago before Doug Mcdermott came onto the scence for the MVC?

    • Dink says:

      I’m from the Lou too and been watching this kid since he was five…always took the game serouis and he// yea he will beeee better than most you expect DERTY.

  2. Kyle Weems says:

    Dude is smooth on the court. His shooting is comparable to Ray Allen, his dribbling is compared to a normal shooting guard, and his bounce is high like Lebron’s. I may end up in the D League but Beal is the Real Deal. Give the Wizards some time with their new aquisitions and once Bron is old and Kobe is gone, they will be unstoppable. Plus, Austin Rivers has always been overrrated. They use to say he was better than Beal.

    Lowkey: Beal dunked on me. First person to do that!

  3. Seafoam Green says:

    I’m from St. Louis and Beal is like a god there. He is great at giving back to the community and selling out arenas around the city. He will be much better than D Wade when it’s all said and done. I love Miami though! Beal looked up to Lebron and that’ s why he is as good as he is, but a better shooter!

  4. number 1 says:

    you are very right

  5. Chuck says:

    Besides his composure and his unselfishness, the thing that stood out was his handle and how effortlessly he got into the paint. At Florida he played with guards who never saw a hot they didn’t like. Now you seem his dribbling skills. He should be a star ithin a year but there is only one superstar right now who will revolutionize the game.