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By-The-Numbers: Beal on pace to join a 'who's who' of all-time NBA marksmen

By-The-Numbers: Beal on pace to join a 'who's who' of all-time NBA marksmen

Wizards guard Bradley Beal made history on Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks when he became the youngest NBA player ever to reach 700 career three-pointers.

Here are some notes and numbers to put his accomplishment into perspective...


Beal was the youngest to get to 700 threes by just four days, beating out - you guessed it - J.R. Smith. Okay, that was unexpected. The top five as a whole, however, is some great company for Beal to be associated with:

Bradley Beal - 24 years, 145 days
J.R. Smith - 24 years, 149 days
Kevin Durant - 24 years, 198 days
Gilbert Arenas - 24 years, 316 days
Kyrie Irving - 24 years, 364 days


Beal hit another three against the Bucks and now has 701 total in his career.

That's tied for fourth-most among NBA players before their 25th birthday. It's the same list of names as above with Arenas having the most at 779. Beal has to hit 79 more threes by the end of this season to pass him, as Beal turns 25 in June.

That is definitely feasible.



Beal is one of only 35 players in NBA history to reach 700 threes while shooting 39 percent or better. The list is a 'who's who' of the best three-point shooters of all-time like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Ray Allen and Reggie Miller.

Beal, by the way, has shot at a couple percentage points higher than Miller and Dennis Scott.


The list of players who have 700 or more while making at least two threes per game is even more exclusive.

Only 15 players can say that about themselves and 12 of the 15 are active. The three who aren't are Allen, Arenas and Peja Stojakovic.

The contemporaries include Curry, Thompson, James Harden, Isaiah Thomas and Damian Lillard.


Beal is one of only two players in Wizards/Bullets franchise history to reach the 700 career three-pointers mark.

Arenas has the franchise record with 868 and he and Beal are far and away the best. Antawn Jamison is third with 646. Here is the top five:

Gilbert Arenas, 868
Bradley Beal, 701
Antawn Jamison, 646
Chris Whitney, 489
John Wall, 445

Arenas and Beal are also the only two players in franchise history to average two more or more threes made per game. 



Beal has the highest three-point percentage in franchise history among players with at least 400 attempts. Martell Webster (39.7%), Brent Price (39.5%) and Otto Porter (39.5%) are right behind him.

Via Basketball-Reference.com

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Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of 'March For Our Lives'

Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of 'March For Our Lives'

With a march on Washington planned for this weekend following the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were invited by the Wizards to attend their Friday morning practice at Capital One Arena.

About 20 of the kids showed up to watch the Wizards practice, took pictures with players, got a tour of the facilities and walked away with Wizards hats and gear. It was a small break away from what has been a tumultous time ever since the massacre at their school on Feb. 14.

Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis was on hand to speak with the students, who are set to lead the 'March For Our Lives' through downtown Washington on Saturday.


Wizards guard Bradley Beal met with the media after taking photos with the students.

"For us to be able to take their mind off of it for just a few minutes is always a great feeling," Beal said. "At the end of the day, we're all human beings regardless of our careers are and what our jobs are. A lot of us have families, kids, brothers and sisters. The last thing that you want to happen is what happened to several of those families. You can never imagine."

Beal went to college in Florida and has participated in his own forms of activism. He has found inspiration in the efforts by Stoneman Douglas students. They have taken what happened to their school as a catalyst for what they hope produces change in the ability to protect similar attacks from happening again.


Beal, 24, finds that admirable.

"It's amazing sometimes to learn from the youth on how to do things," Beal said. "It's a testament to where our world needs to lead to, to where we need to get to and to come together as a society. It starts with us as the younger generation. We've gotta come together with love and do things like this. I think what they're doing is awesome. It's spreading positive vibes and it's true humanitarian work that they're doing."

The Stoneman Douglas students are expected to attend Friday night's Wizards-Nuggets game as well.

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Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

The relationship between Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal and Bullets legend Phil Chenier goes beyond your average friendship between a current and former player, or a current player and team broadcaster.

Beal and Chenier are close to the point Chenier often offers advice as a fellow shooting guard who helped lead the organization to some of their most important accomplishments.

Beal is always open ears when Chenier is talking and took great honor in being the one to tell Chenier personally that his jersey would be retired by the Wizards.

The day has come for Chenier's No. 45 to be raised to the rafters and Beal feels a unique sense of pride in seeing a man he reveres to the highest degree finally have his day in the sun.

"It's unbelievable. It's more than deserving," Beal said. "I was happy to be the one who told him about it. It's a special night for him. He's been a mentor to a lot of us for many years."


Chenier was a three-time All-Star for the Washington Bullets back in the 1970s. Following his playing career, he became a legendary broadcaster calling Bullets and then Wizards games for over 30 years.

Beal is now an NBA All-Star himself, having earned the honor for the first time this season. He is a shooting guard, just like Chenier.

Chenier was the color analyst for Wizards games for the first five years of Beal's career and Beal has always seen Chenier as a model to follow both on and off the court.

"It's always motivation for me to get better and I feel like this is the final touch of it, having your jersey retired by the franchise that you played a part in their success," Beal said.


The honor Chenier is about to receive is another goal to strive for. Beal wants to achieve a lot of what Chenier has accomplished in his life from winning a championship to making All-NBA to now having his jersey hang in the rafters at Capital One Arena.

"It definitely motivates me for that to be a goal of mine. Especially with the fact we both play the same position," Beal said.


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For more on Chenier's jersey retirement, check out our in-depth interview with him on the Wizards Tipoff podcast: