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10 stats to put Bradley Beal's All-Star season into perspective

10 stats to put Bradley Beal's All-Star season into perspective

Wizards guard Bradley Beal is off to Charlotte to participate in his second All-Star Game. He was a first-time All-Star last season and this year has taken his game to another level.

As the league breaks for its annual showcase, here are some numbers to put Beal’s season so far into perspective.

Bradley Beal's first half, by the numbers

25-5-5: Beal is one of only seven players this season to carry averages of at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists per game into the All-Star break. That may not seem super rare, but it is in Wizards’ franchise history. No Wizards or Bullets player has ever posted a 25-5-5 season. And only two have gone 20-5-5: Chris Webber and Michael Jordan. Decent company to be in.

1,458: Beal has 1,458 points through 58 games, the most ever in franchise history for a player at the All-Star break. He set the new mark in the final game, on Wednesday against the Raptors, and passed both Bernard King (1,436 points in 1990-91) and Gilbert Arenas (1,442 points in 2006-07). Beal doesn’t have the highest per game average, but has maintained a 25.1-point clip while not missing a single game.

25.1: Beal is averaging 25.1 points per game, the most for a Wizards or Bullets player since Arenas averaged 28.4 back in 2006-07. Arenas is the only player in franchise history to average 25 or more since King did in the 1990-91 season.

37.2: Beal is averaging a career-high 37.2 minutes per game and fans are well-aware. But if you’re wondering where that ranks in franchise history, it’s not even close to the top. Beal would have to get to 41.3 minutes per game just to crack the top 10. Beal is, though, No. 1 in the NBA this season in total minutes played at 2,158.

9: Beal has two 40-point games this season and now nine in his Wizards career. His ninth, which came on Jan. 13 against the Raptors, put him in sixth in franchise history for 40-point games. He passed Jordan, who did it eight times in a Wizards uniform. He scored 40 many, many more times when he was with the Chicago Bulls, of course. One more for Beal and he will tie Hall of Famer Earl Monroe for fifth in franchise history.

12: Beal has scored 20 or more points in 12 straight games, the second-longest streak of his career. His best run ever was back in the 2016-17 season when he did it in 13 consecutive games. Beal has yet to put himself in some serious exclusive company, but he’s not far away. If he can score 20-plus in five more games coming out of the break, he will be the first Wizards or Bullet player to do it 17 straight times since the 1960s.

35: Beal has made at least one three in 35 consecutive games, the second-longest streak of his career (42). He is 19 away from the franchise record, held by Arenas. Agent Zero dropped at least one three in 53 straight games back in 2005.

19.6: Beal is taking 19.6 shots per game, the most for a Wizards/Bullets player since – you guessed it – Arenas, who took 20.9 shots per game back in 2006-07.

1.8: It’s not just scoring for Beal. With 1.8 loose balls recovered per game, he ranks third in the NBA behind only Paul George and Russell Westbrook. Beal may be known as a scorer, but he’s not afraid to do the dirty work.

2.81: Beal plays a lot of minutes and he also runs a lot. He logs more miles run per game (2.81) than anyone else in the league. The most surprising part is that it’s not mostly due to his offense and running without the ball. He covers more ground on defense (1.32 miles/g) than any other player.

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Wizards owner Ted Leonsis talks Dwyane Wade, still undecided on offseason moves

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Wizards owner Ted Leonsis talks Dwyane Wade, still undecided on offseason moves

WASHINGTON -- Ted Leonsis had a front row seat to two converging storylines.

The Wizards owner was among throngs inside Capital One Arena appreciating Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade’s final game in Washington.

Leonsis also recognized the likely last gasp for his team’s playoff hopes came up short.

“They’ll make the playoffs. It doesn’t look like we’ll make the playoffs now,” Leonsis said to NBC Sports Washington following the Wizards’ loss Saturday night.

 “Hope [Dwyane] plays well,” Leonsis continued. “We’ll have to figure out what to do in the off-season.”

The loss dropped the Wizards (30-44) 6 ½ games back of the Heat for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Washington only has eight regular-season games remaining.

Earlier this season Leonsis said organizational changes are in play should the Wizards fail to reach their goals, which included reaching the postseason for the fifth time in six seasons.

Asked for his current thoughts on any off-season changes, Leonsis told NBC Sports Washington, “Don’t know yet. Let’s see how they do out West. It was disappointing. We were trying to catch [Miami].”

The Wizards embark on a four-game Western Conference road trip starting Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Despite any frustration with the game’s conclusion and the season at-large, Leonsis appreciated Wade’s gusto on his way out. 

The 16-year veteran and 13-time All-Star announced his retirement before the season. Wade, 37, looked anything but over-the-hill late against the Wizards.

Having turned into Miami’s closer after the All-Star break, Wade scored 11 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Heat (36-37) fended off several Wizards rallies.

“Kind of historic, right? (Wild) that Dwyane Wade beat us tonight,” Leonsis said. “What a career, what a game. Just everything about the way he plays is beautiful. He’s really great.”

Leonsis remarked the referees overlooked an apparent traveling violation from Wade in the third quarter.

“We wanted to beat them. They played better. The no-call on Dwyane on the travel was apropos. I thought he took five steps. You say, ‘Well, that’s when you’re a Hall of Famer you get that respect,” Leonsis said respectfully. “But, good for him.”

Miami moved one game ahead of idle ninth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Scott Brooks jokes that the Heat should be fined for letting Wade call it a career

Scott Brooks jokes that the Heat should be fined for letting Wade call it a career

On most occasions, elite athletes decide to finish their careers way after their skills have declined. It is uncommon for most icons to go out on their own terms. When you train your entire life to play professional basketball, it's a tough task to realize that your time has passed, and its time to move on to another venture. 

Dwyane Wade is not grouped into that category. Tonight's performance against the Wizards justified that. 

After announcing publicly last September that the 2018-19 NBA season would be his last, the news left the sports world nostalgic. Once a bright young star out of Marquette, "Flash" was must-see television.

After announcing last September that this would be his last ride in South Beach, Wade, albeit the face of the franchise, knew that this team wasn't the one he had joined when he was drafted fifth overall in June of 2003. It wasn't the squad he won his first title with in '06, or the bunch that started the "Super Team" movement. This was a collection of young prospects, journeymen, and he was a veteran presence, and no longer the marquee option. He welcomed the move to the bench and to be the veteran presence in the locker room that the team needed and has had quite the resurgence of sorts that has the sports world questioning whether retirement is really the best option, and whether he should come back another year. 

Scott Brooks is one of many who thinks Wade should reconsider.

In his final appearance at Capital One Arena Saturday evening, the veteran star lead his group to victory, showing flashes of the player he once was, and carrying his squad to a crucial road win. 

Brooks joked that "the NBA needs to fine the Miami Heat for letting him retire".

It appears that Wade's contemporaries are of the mindset of Brooks. Wizards forward Jeff Green, who exploded for 25 points off the bench in the tough loss, discussed postgame that despite his efforts to get Wade to change his mind, the latter knows that it's time to move on.

"He's playing amazing," Green said. "I've tried my convincing, I've been trying for the last six months, it didn't work."

Green expressed that he's glad his friend is choosing to leave the game before it leaves him.

"I'm happy for the guy." Green said. "He's going out the way he wants to."

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