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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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Watch Rui Hachimura’s shutdown block

Watch Rui Hachimura’s shutdown block

Rui Hachimura continued his dominance in international friendlies Saturday as he put up 31 points and five rebounds in a winning effort over Germany.

After a highlight-reel performance in Thursday's loss to Argentina, Hachimura was back at it two days later.

That block at the 37-second mark is just filthy. It would also be goaltending in the NBA, but FIBA rules allow players to touch the ball at pretty much any time once it's made contact with some part of the hoop. Nevertheless, the athleticism to make this play is what stands out.

But Hachimura wasn't finished.

He looks more like Steph Curry leading that breakaway, dribbling behind his back and finishing at the rim himself than a 6-foot-8 forward.

With the international friendly schedule at its end, Japan will tip off the 2020 FIBA World Cup on Sunday, Sept. 1 against Turkey. After a matchup with the Czech Republic, Hachimura and Japan will take on his future NBA opponents when they face the United States on Sept. 5.

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Maryland native Quinn Cook tells the behind-the-scenes story of his road to the Lakers

Maryland native Quinn Cook tells the behind-the-scenes story of his road to the Lakers

Before he joined the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a blockbuster summer that saw them land Anthony Davis, before he won the NBA Finals as a role player with the Golden State Warriors, and before he averaged double-digit scoring and won the NCAA tournament at Duke, Quinn Cook was a star point guard at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md.

Cook was in town this week for his fourth annual youth basketball camp at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover. NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller sat down with the former Stag, who he’s known since the now-Lakers guard was 14 years old, on the Wizards Talk podcast.

Miller talked with Cook about why he feels connected to kids in the local community and what it was like losing his father as a teenager. One of his closest friends is fellow DeMatha product Victor Oladipo, who helped him get through the loss of his father Ted when he died suddenly in 2008 after going into a coma following a colon procedure.

“My best friend Norman and Victor, their parents took them out of school, and they were with me for two weeks,” Cook said. “At the funeral, [head coach Mike] Jones had the entire DeMatha basketball program…come to the funeral and all sit together [with] their uniforms on.”

Cook also went on to talk about his time at Duke, the viral video in which he convinced some people at the mall he was J Cole and his obsession with winning before going into how he landed in Los Angeles this offseason.

“When Golden State withdrew their qualifying offer, I became unrestricted and had some teams call me and the Lakers thing, it just happened quick,” Cook said. “I had talks with them, AD called me, [LeBron James] called Rob Palinka for me, and Coach K called them, talked to Bron and stuff and we got it done.”

Check out the full podcast below and listen to Miller talk hoops every week on the Wizards Talk podcast.

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