“Hey, Alex, let's stay in the category and go with ‘Video of Wizards working on their shot this offseason’ for $200.”
First we had Kris Humphries stretching his shot out beyond the 3-point arc. Now we have Bradley Beal dribbling, darting, sweating and hitting step back bombs from all over the court.
— NBA (@NBA) August 19, 2015
There are no questions about Beal's touch from deep. He's a career 40 percent 3-point shooter with textbook form. What he hasn't been to date is a consistent one-on-one performer capable of getting off his own jumper via the dribble. Beal's ball handling certainly isn't the strength of his game, though he looked sharp in this workout with trainer Drew Hanlen, who also helps incoming rookie Kelly Oubre Jr.
In 63 regular season games last season, Washington's starting wing guard sank 41.2 percent (87 of 211) 3-pointers in pure catch-and-shoot scenarios. That means no dribble.
In this video, most of the shots came with one, two or three dribbles. Last season, according to NBA.com, simply putting the ball on the court one time dropped his rate 27.3 (3 of 11). When taking 1-3 dribbles, Beal went 11 of 38 (28.9).
Better work with his handle could make a huge difference for the Wizards, especially during end of quarter or game situations. The Wizards weren't always a cohesive unit in those final second situations. Staples included lots of dribbling and lots of watching.
Paul Pierce rocked from deep during the playoffs, but he's now on the left coast with the Clippers.
Two-time All-Star John Wall certainly can dribble with the best and fly past defenders on the drive. To this point, he just doesn’t shoot from distance with the efficiency like many of the league's best closers.
Beal certainly can. He showed during the Atlanta series that he's capable of running the offense if needed. If his workout prowess translates to the real games, the Washington Nationals might not be the only local team changing their closer.