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Paul Pierce believes Bradley Beal is the best shooting guard in the East and has taken Dwyane Wade's crown

With 114 points in his last three games, each time eclipsing the 35-point mark, Bradley Beal is taking his game to new heights early in this 2017-18 season.

The Wizards didn't have John Wall on Sunday night against the Raptors, so Beal stepped up and led them to a victory.

Beal's putting up All-Star numbers and his former teammate Paul Pierce is seeing improvement beyond the box score.

He sat down for a 1-on-1 interview on the Wizards Tipoff podcast this weekend and shared his thoughts on Beal's development into a budding star.

"It's playing with an edge, as I like to call it," Pierce said. "That's what you've seen more in Brad and that's what has made him a better player, I believe. I told him when he starts playing with that edge, 'it's going to make you a better player.' You've gotta go out there and feel like you're the best and this guy can't guard you. It's gotta be that mindset. It's all a mindset. This has nothing to with showing that you're tougher than this guy or having to fight, it's just a mindset when you come out here."

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Pierce made headlines earlier this season when he proclaimed John Wall as the best point guard in the NBA.

He thinks Beal is the best at his position in the Eastern Conference.

"I think he should be an All-Star this year without a doubt," Pierce explained. "With Dwyane Wade holding that crown for years, being the top two-guard, I think Bradley Beal should be holding that crown now as the top two-guard in all of the East."

There are some other good shooting guards in the East like DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors, but Beal is backing up Pierce's opinion more and more by the game.

You can listen to Pierce's full 1-on-1 interview on the Wizards Tipoff podcast right here: