The frequent start and stops to Bradley Beal's fourth season makes it incredibly difficult to gauge exactly where he's at and where he's heading as the Wizards emerge from the All-Star break. He has missed 21 games because of a shoulder contusion, a stress reaction in his lower right leg and a concussion and has a minutes restriction.
Expected to compete for a spot as an All-Star for the first time, his early-season progress derailed.
The stats: 18.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 46.3% FG, 39.7% 3pt FG
Offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions): 102.1
Defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions): 105.5
Net rating: minus-3.4
Beal doesn't always move the way he should without the ball which can cause the offense to get stagnant. The perimeter defense has had holes everywhere. It's causing good individual efforts to go to waste and the fact is going into this season Beal declared he was a team leader. So he gets knocked down a notch even when he's not at fault. The generals must fall on the sword because they're also tasked with keeping the troops in line. It's not all on the coaches.
It would be easy to give him an "I" for incomplete but that's a cop-out. If Beal gets better and can pick up where he left off after he broke down one of the league's best defenders in Kawhi Leonard (Spurs) to hit the game-winning shot in the fourth game of the season, then he's destined to get above 20 points a game for the first time as a pro and set career highs in field goal and three-point accuracy.