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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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Wizards may have found Thomas Bryant 2.0 in Moe Wagner, another steal from the Lakers

Wizards may have found Thomas Bryant 2.0 in Moe Wagner, another steal from the Lakers

Moe Wagner has openly expressed his desire to follow the trajectory of Thomas Bryant, whom he has reunited with as a teammate now in Washington after they previously overlapped in Los Angeles.

He is a big man who can stretch the floor and plays with loads of energy. And he was a Lakers castoff now hoping to find his NBA niche in a Wizards uniform.

Through 10 games in Washington, Wagner is ahead of schedule. What he did on Friday night in Minnesota was something Bryant didn't do until months into last season, and technically it was much rarer than that.

Wagner became the first player to put up 30 points and 15 rebounds off the bench since Yao Ming in 2002 and the first in Wizards/Bullets franchise history since Cliff Robinson in 1985. No NBA player had ever dropped 30 points with 15 boards and hit four threes off the bench before in NBA history.

Wagner did this, mind you, against Karl-Anthony Towns, one of the best centers in the league. And Wagner did it all in only 25 minutes as he battled through foul trouble to make 13-of-15 shots overall and shoot a perfect 4-for-4 from three. 

He had his moments on the defensive end as well. While Towns lit up the Wizards for 25 points in the first half and for 36 in the game, 19 of those came in the second quarter when Wagner had to take a seat because of his fouls. 

Wagner's defensive style isn't pretty. Without the length or instincts to block shots, he has to scrap his way to getting stops. He uses his fouls and has a knack for drawing them.

Wagner took three charges in Friday's game and now has 10 on the season, which leads the NBA. Last year, Bradley Beal and Jeff Green led the Wizards with 12 for the entire year.

Charges generally aren't utilized in the NBA because they are very difficult to achieve. Last season, the Dallas Mavericks led the entire league with 0.84 per game. Though Wagner is averaging one per game himself this year, that pace will be difficult to sustain. Last season, Ersan Ilyasove led the league with 0.73 charges drawn per game and DeMarcus Cousins was No. 1 with 0.5 per game the year before. 

But there are players for whom charges are a defensive weapon. Ilyasova and Cousins are always near the top of the league in the category and so is Blake Griffin. Shane Battier might be the most famous charge-taker of all-time. Maybe Wagner can be next.

Taking charges, though, are just one of the ways Wagner is using his energy and effort to affect games for the Wizards. After Wednesday's win over the Timberwolves, he is second on the Wizards in deflections, second in contested shots and second in screen assists; all hustle stats. And his net rating is best on the team and fourth-highest in the NBA. 

Wagner is so far proving to be a diamond in the rough, just like Bryant was last year. Keep in mind the Wizards got him in a salary-dump trade from the Lakers that also gave them Isaac Bonga and a second-round pick. All the Wizards gave up was cash considerations, which they used to be famous for coveting.

All of this makes it fair to wonder if the Wizards can do it again. They got Bryant from the Lakers and then Wagner.

So, who is the back-up center currently on L.A. they can poach next summer?

Well, technically that would be either Dwight Howard or JaVale McGee, so maybe not. But the Wizards already fooled the Lakers once and it looks like they did it again.

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Bradley Beal passes Gilbert Arenas and John Wall for most 40-point, 10-assist games in team history

Bradley Beal passes Gilbert Arenas and John Wall for most 40-point, 10-assist games in team history

Bradley Beal led the Wizards to their third win of the season Friday night with a brilliant 44-point, 10-assist performance against the Timberwolves. 

It was the third time in his career scoring 40 points and dishing out 10 assists, which is now a Wizards franchise record. Beal passed Gilbert Arenas (2) and John Wall (2) to become the outright leader in this high-profile category.

The other two instances where Beal went 40-and-10 were last season against Toronto (43 points, 15 assists) and in 2018 at the Suns (40 points, 15 assists). 

This wasn't the only impressive statistical feat Beal accomplished on Friday. He recorded his third 40-point game of the season while shooting over 60 percent, something only four other players have done so far in 2019-20.

Beal is now averaging 29.7 points, 6.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds on the year. He's clearly on his way to another All-Star game selection, and if he keeps up this level of production he'll earn himself his first All-NBA selection and perhaps a place in the MVP discussion. 

Even though the Wizards are in the midst of a rebuild and have had their fair share of frustrating moments, but at this point, Beal is must-see television.