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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 District Gaming takes JBM with No.1 pick in 2020 NBA 2K League Draft

Wizards District Gaming takes JBM with No.1 pick in 2020 NBA 2K League Draft

Sixty eight gamers' lives changed on Saturday night. 

One of those very lucky individuals was Jack Mascone, who was selected by Wizards District Gaming with the No.1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft. 

Wizards’ managing partner Ted Leonsis had a special message for the point guard from New York, who joins the Monumental Sports & Entertainment family. 

“On behalf of the Wizards, Mystics and Go-Go we’d like to welcome JBM to the Monumental basketball family. Congratulations on your hard work paying off. We’re excited to have you run the District with us,” Leonsis said.

Wizards District Gaming also drafted small forward Justin Howell in the second round, No. 30 overall, small forward Antonio Newman, No. 37, and utility Brandon Richardson at No. 51 in the third round. 


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Rui Hachimura's learning curve can be seen on offense late in games

Rui Hachimura's learning curve can be seen on offense late in games

WASHINGTON -- Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has translated so smoothly to the NBA level that it is easy to forget he is still just a rookie with only 31 games under his belt. For a reminder of his inexperience, just look at the fourth quarter.

Hachimura tends to start games hot on the offensive end, like he did on Friday in the Wizards' loss to the Cavaliers when he had eight points by the end of the first quarter. But he scored only nine points after that and went scoreless through seven minutes in the fourth.

That has been a consistent theme for him this season. He averages 4.8 points in the first quarter shooting 48.4 percent from the field, 4.0 points in the second shooting 57 percent and then 4.3 points on 47.9 percent in the third. In the fourth quarter those numbers plummet to 1.9 points on average and 33.3 percent shooting.

Basically, Hachimura often comes out on fire but then slows down considerably once opponents make midgame changes. Against the Cavs, Hachimura said it was because they disrupted passing lanes.

"They are an NBA team. They just adjusted. They didn't want me to catch the ball. They didn't let me just catch the ball. I think that's why," he said.

The Wizards have seen teams switch defensive match-ups midgame to counter Hachimura. Sometimes taking away his midrange jumper will be prioritized. The Cavs seemed to find success playing Hachimura more physically in the second half, bumping him away from his comfort zones.

Over time, Hachimura can improve his ability to sustain scoring throughout games simply by becoming more versatile. The more consistent he becomes at making three-point shots and creating off the dribble, the more difficult it will be for teams to stop him. As long as he keeps improving, he will reach a point where he can stay ahead of the defense with a multitude of counters.

Developing a more reliable outside game and more dribble combinations will take some time. For now, Hachimura believes the key to him keeping up his scoring pace involves working with his teammates, particularly star shooting guard Bradley Beal.

"I just gotta connect more with Brad. Brad is the one everybody is trying to guard. Screens and pick-and-rolls with him, that kind of stuff will help me," Hachimura said.

Hachimura's game against the Cavaliers reflected how the team played overall. After scoring 41 points in the first quarter, they managed only 42 in the second half. They blew a 16-point lead and lost, 113-108.

So, he wasn't alone. And those rooting for Hachimura to round out his game should feel good about his odds. He has a relentless work ethic and is often staying after practice to go over film with player development coach Dave Adkins.

Hachimura is perceptive and driven to improve. In order to take the next step as a scorer, he will have to get better at closing games.

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