Bradley Beal on pace to join Dennis Scott with career shooting anomaly
Bradley Beal can shoot the rock. The Wizards’ two guard is scoring a career high 18.5 points a game — in limited minutes on doctor’s orders — hitting 39.5 percent from three and with a career best 56.3 percent true shooting percentage. He is shooting better than any point in his career.
Until you send him to the free throw line lately.
He’s shooting a career-low 73.9 percent from the charity stripe, and that is 66.5 percent in February.
That could lead to a real career shooting anomaly, pointed out by Ben Standig of CSNMidAtlantic.com:
You can say that Beal will get over these yips and start knocking down his free throws, although he has shot 78 percent every other season — he’s not exceptional from the line. This certainly isn’t hack-a-Beal territory, but he’s below other elite shooters when it comes to free throw percentages.
That said, if you’re getting mentioned in a shooting category with Dennis Scott, that’s not bad company.