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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