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The Bradley Beal 2K20 ratings disrespect continues

The Bradley Beal 2K20 ratings disrespect continues

NBA 2K20 finally announced Bradley Beal's overall rating for this years' game and um, it's horrible:

Firstly, Beal started 2K19 as an 87 overall also, but then received a "generous" bump up to an 88 by seasons' end. 

The problem with Beal having an identical overall on 2K in two consecutive seasons is that he wasn't an identical player both years.

He was even better last year.

In the 2017-2018 season, Beal averaged 22.6 points on 46 percent shooting from the field, with 4.4 rpg, 4.5 apg, while knocking down 79.1 percent of his free throws. 

In the following 2018-2019 season, Beal tallied 25.6 points on 47.6 percent shooting from the field, with 5 rpg, 5.5 apg, while sinking 80.8 percent of his free throw attempts. 

And by the way, last season Beal was just the 11th player in NBA history to average at least 25 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game with a true shooting percentage upwards of 58 (and the fifth to not be named to an All-NBA team). He was also just the fourth player in NBA history to have 2,000 points, 400 rebounds, and 400 assists.

Secondly, let's take a look some of the players given a higher overall than Beal in this year's game:

Kyrie Irving (91) - 23.8 points (48.7 FG%), 5 rebounds, 6.9 assists

Kemba Walker (88) - 25.6 points (43.4 FG%), 4.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists

Donovan Mitchell (88) - 23.8 points (43.2 FG%), 4.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists

Rudy Gobert (88) - 15.9 points (66.9 FG%), 12.9 rebounds, 2 assists

Jimmy Butler (88) - 18.7 points (46.2FG%, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists

Cue the meme:

I sincerely doubt Beal needs any added motivation to be an even better basketball player this season, however, this could operate as a tiny chip on his shoulder.

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Wizards reportedly offer Bradley Beal max extension offer, as expected

Wizards reportedly offer Bradley Beal max extension offer, as expected

Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard is a man of his word, and he kept it Friday morning. 

According to The Athletic's David Aldridge, Sheppard and the Wizards offered All-Star guard Bradley Beal a three-year, $111 million max extension Friday, the first day they were allowed to do so.

"Beal, unsurprisingly, is not signing it immediately, if at all," Aldridge writes. "While grateful for the gesture and while wanting to not abandon the team as it approaches a likely rough season, obvious questions remain about the team’s short- and long-term plans during the prime of his career."

"Beal also remains eligible for the much more lucrative supermax after next season if he makes one of the three all-NBA teams for Washington after next season. The sides will continue what have been amiable discussions next week."

As NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes outlined Thursday, Beal has from now until Oct. 21 to sign the extension, and can even sign one- or two-year deals if that's what he prefers. However, "it seems like a safer bet that he won't sign," Hughes writes, because "Beal can simply make a lot more money if he waits."

That said, the Wizards are simply doing what they said they would. "At the very first moment allowed, we are going to offer Brad the full max extension," Sheppard told ESPN earlier this week. 

"He's got two years left on his deal, and he's from Missouri and we are going to have to show him," said Sheppard. "We need to show him that we are about building this the right way, that we aren't going to have character-deficient guys around him. We are going to surround him with guys he wants to play with."

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Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard plans to offer Bradley Beal 3-year max contract extension, per report

Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard plans to offer Bradley Beal 3-year max contract extension, per report

Tommy Sheppard isn't wasting any time. The Washington Wizards' new general manager said the team will offer All-Star Bradley Beal a three-year, $111 million maximum contract extension Friday, when the guard becomes eligible to sign, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday

Once the offer is made, 26-year-old Beal will have until October 21 to sign the extension, which would begin with the 2021-22 season. He is coming off the best season of his career, averaging 25.6 points, 5.5 assists and five rebounds. 

More from Wojnarowski and ESPN:

There are moments in a career where there are big decisions to make, and Brad will work through everything and figure out the right thing to do," [agent Mark] Bartelstein told ESPN. "There are nothing but great feelings for Ted [Leonsis], Tommy and Scott [Brooks]. They've treated Brad wonderfully.

The news of the planned offer comes three days after NBC Sports Washington confirmed the Wizards are planning to announce Sheppard as the official new GM after months of working under the interim tag. 

The Wizards are also willing to offer Beal a one- or two-year extension as well, and if he passes altogether, the team does not have current plans to trade him, Sheppard told ESPN. 

Beal has two years and $55.8 million left on his contract. Should he be an All-NBA player in the 2019-20 season, he could become eligible for a five-year, $254 million supermax extension at this time next year. Without that stipulation, he's still eligible for a four-year, $155 million max extension next summer.

More per ESPN:

He's got two years left on his deal, and he's from Missouri and we are going to have to show him," Sheppard told ESPN. "We need to show him that we are about building this the right way, that we aren't going to have character-deficient guys around him. We are going to surround him with guys he wants to play with. He saw that right away in free agency with us bringing back Thomas Bryant.

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