To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Bradley Beal's season...
Player: Bradley Beal
Position: Shooting guard
2017-18 salary: $23.8 million
2017-18 stats: 82 G, 36.3 mpg, 22.6 ppg, 4.5 apg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 spg, 0.4 bpg, 46.0 FG%, 37.5 3P%, 79.3 FT%, 52.7 eFG%, 109 ORtg, 110 DRtg
Best game: 12/5 at Blazers - 51 points, 21-for-37 FG, 5-for-12 3PT, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers
Season review: In terms of individual accomplishments and growth, nobody on the Wizards had a better 2017-18 season than Bradley Beal. He became much more than a scorer by setting career-highs in both rebounds and assists. He played in all 82 games for the first time in his career and made his first All-Star team along the way.
Beal went from one of the most underrated players in the NBA to finally getting the attention he deserves. He is one of the best shooting guards in the NBA and the All-Star nod helps solidify that. He also participated in the three-point contest at All-Star weekend, which upped his Q-rating a bit.
While John Wall battled a knee injury and missed half of the season, Beal was a constant for the Wizards. He was their best scorer and carried a heavy load on defense.
There were many memorable games in Beal's season. He scored 30 points or more 15 times, including a 51-point outburst against the Blazers on Dec. 5. That was the most points ever scored by anyone playing the Blazers on the road. The previous record-holder was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, some nice company for Beal to be in.
Playing in all 82 games was a stated personal goal, but part of the narrative of Beal's 2017-18 season was his workload and whether he played too many minutes. He finished fourth among all NBA players in total minutes played. At times he looked tired, but never complained and kept going out there every night to lead the Wizards, whether he had his All-Star backcourt running mate or not.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see what Beal learned from the experience of playing all 82 games. Now that he's done it, will that be a goal again in the future, or will he be more willing to rest games?
Beal's determination to play every night stemmed in part from his checkered injury history as a young player, but he has proven those days are behind him. Now he can learn how to manage his body to not just get through the regular season, but have enough left in the tank to be at his best in the playoffs.
All in all, it was a fantastic year for Beal. He put himself on a new level as an NBA player and it will be exciting to watch what is next. Now that he's an All-Star, he can set his sights higher at All-NBA.
Potential to improve: Getting to free throw line, closing games, on-ball defense
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