Based on the way Bradley Beal has started the season, he's making a statement to the Wizards and the entire league: He's a max player, and the only person that can get in his way is himself.
"Nobody can stop me," he told CSN as he walked off the court after a 118-113 win at the Milwaukee Bucks. "It's plain and simple."
For the second game in a row, both wins for the Wizards, he led the Wizards in scoring. Unlike when he was 2-for-8 from three-point range vs. the Orlando Magic, Beal made 5 of 6 on Friday. Four them came in a 36-point fourth quarter where Beal scored 14 of his team-high 26.
“We have the same agent. I was telling my agent, ‘I didn’t know he was that explosive.’ My agent said he wasn’t that explosive last year," said Jared Dudley, referring to Mark Bartelstein who is trying to secure Beal a max deal before the negotiating window closes Nov. 2 at 11:59 p.m. "You can just see that confidence, it’s his fourth year, contract year, worked hard, work his butt off, he’s growing into his body. To be honest with you, John (Wall) is our best player but he’s our best scorer. When he’s shooting the ball aggressive we’re a better team."
Wall had 19 points and 10 assists. He took over in the fourth quarter in Orlando, where he had 12 of his 22 points Wednesday.
"It’s great. He took my role for another night. He stepped up. I made one three but he made some big shots for us," Wall said, referring to his shot-clock buzzer beating three to make the score 114-106 with 88 seconds left. "The good thing about our team, me or him, we can take over at any time but we still contribute and get our teammates involved at the same time."
Beal averaged 15.6 points in his first three seasons. At his current pace, he's 10 points above that in leading the Wizards in shot attempts in each game.