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Beal week: 7 stats that define Bradley Beal's career with the Wizards

Beal week: 7 stats that define Bradley Beal's career with the Wizards

This week is Beal Week at NBC Sports Washington. We are rolling out content each day centering around the Wizards' two-time All-Star shooting guard. Today, we take a deep dive into the numbers to illustrate Beal's career in Washington so far...

**Beal has made the most three-pointers of any player through their Age 25 season. He has 1,071 threes, which just barely tops the 1,060 that Klay Thompson had at this point. Stephen Curry is third on that list with 905 threes through his Age 25 campaign.

**Beal averaged 25.6 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds in the 2018-19 season. It was the first 25-5-5 season in franchise history. Only two others - Michael Jordan and Chris Webber - have averaged at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a Washington uniform.

**Beal was one of only six players to average 25-5-5 in the NBA last season. The others were James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Curry, Kevin Durant and LeBron James. Six players isn't a lot, but the feat is still far more common now than it was just a few years ago. From the 2004-05 season through 2012-13, only James, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade reached the 25-5-5 mark.

**Beal already owns several franchise records. He has both made (1,071) and attempted (2,787) the most career three-pointers. He also owns the single-season records in those categories. For threes made, he has the best season (223 in 2016-17), the second-best season (209 in 2018-19) and the fifth-best season (199 in 2017-18) in franchise history.

**He is likely to pass some big names this upcoming season in the Wizards/Bullets' record book. Based on his career averages, he is probably going to move into the top-five in all-time scoring. He should pass Phil Chenier early in the 2019-20 season and by the end of it could leap others like Gus Johnson, Kevin Loughery and Wes Unseld.

**No one traveled a greater distance within games last season than Beal, who averaged 2.75 miles per game. Only Jrue Holiday covered more ground on average (about 29.6 more feet) per game, but Holiday played in only 67 games compared to Beal's 82. Also, Beal covered more ground on defense than anyone else. Paul George was tied with him for 1.29 miles per game on that end of the floor, but George missed five games and Beal did so at a higher speed (4.19 mph compared to 4.09 mph).

**Beal set a career-high last season with 61 dunks. That was the most by a Wizards/Bullets guard since at least 1999-00, as far back as the stat is tracked by Basketball Reference. Beal also both attempted and made a higher percentage of shots within three feet of his career. Of all his field goals, 28.1 percent were attempted within three feet and he made 69.7 percent of them. His average shot attempt was from 14.7 feet out, the closest to the rim of his career.

NBA.com and Basketball Reference were used in this research


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Kevin Durant's documentary on PG County basketball gets release date

Kevin Durant's documentary on PG County basketball gets release date

Kevin Durant and 35 Ventures announced Wednesday that his documentary, "Basketball County: In the Water," about the rich history of basketball stars from Prince George's County, MD will premiere on May 15 on Showtime.

The Sports Business Journal reported in mid-February that Durant was creating a documentary focusing on the prominence of basketball stars raised in PG County and was "putting the finishing touches" on the project. 

Durant and his manager, Rich Kleiman, serve as the executive producers of the highly-anticipated piece.

With the sports world at a standstill amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Durant's feature will give sports fans something to put on their calendar.


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Zion Williamson, Pelicans snap Wizards 2K sim winning streak

Zion Williamson, Pelicans snap Wizards 2K sim winning streak

Entering Wednesday night, the 2K Wizards were riding a four-game winning streak. They had beat the Celtics, Suns, Bucks and Lakers over the course of two weeks and looked like they might not lose again. 

But as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. At the hands of Zion Williamson and the Pelicans, the virtual Wizards lost 65-57. 

Here's how the game went down and slipped through the Wizards' fingers. 

Terrible shooting

Multiple brick houses were built during the making of this sim. 

The Wizards and Pelicans couldn't buy a jumper all game, especially from beyond the three-point line. The two squads combined to shoot 2-for-31 from three, a scorching 6.5%. 

To put this in a real-life context, this would have nearly broken an NBA record for combined three-point percentage with a minimum of 30 attempts. The current NBA record is reluctantly held by the Celtics and Nets on a night in 2003 where the two teams shot a combined 2-for-32 from three. 

Bradley Beal went 0-7 from three, Brandon Ingram missed all six of his attempts and JJ Redick didn't make a triple either. Just a weird night from three-point for two teams who were both top-five in three-point percentage before the 2019-20 season was suspended. 

Zion dunks his way to a win

The thing about having Williamson on your team is that, in games like this where nobody can hit a jumper, the Pelicans' best player didn't have to make much of an adjustment. 

Williamson does most of his damage in the paint, whether he's putting his armpits in the rim on a duck, bullying defenders down low and finishing layups through them or wreaking havoc on the offensive glass. 

So in a game where the only real source of offense came in the paint, Zion was right at home. He finished with 26 points, six rebounds and three blocks, shot 13-for-17 from the floor and tallied seven dunks in the game. 

The Wizards will get a chance at revenge before the season is out, but the No. 1 overall pick got the best of them this time. 

Parting thoughts

Beal got his shot blocked three times in this game alone, continuing an interesting trend we've seen through a few of these simulations. Beal had his shot blocked 52 times during the regular season, which puts him at 44th most in the league. The 2K sims have been fairly accurate to this point, but it appears Beal is getting his shot sent back a bit too much. 

Rui Hachimura had another good game in the 2K sim and continues to prove how valuable his skill and mobility at his size can be in such a setting. The rookie forward finished with 15 points in 22 minutes and went 6-for-9 from the floor. 

Davis Bertans didn't attempt a three in 13 minutes of playing time. During the regular season, Bertans averaged one three-point attempt every three minutes, so it was definitely bizarre to see him on the floor and not launch a single shot from deep. 

Beal may have had a rough game statistically, scoring 20 points on 9-of-25 shooting, but he at least produced a few highlight dunks including one on Williamson. 

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