Every other week, Bradley Beal seemingly passes another Wizards legend on the team's all-time scoring list. With Beal moving into second, we'll have to wait quite a while to see him become the franchise's all-time leading scorer.
Entering Sunday night's game against the Bulls Beal needed 34 points to pass Jeff Malone for second on the Wizards' all-time scoring list. In the fourth quarter trying to lead a comeback, Beal did it by making his 10th and 11th free throws of the night.
At the beginning of the season, Beal sat in fifth place behind Malone, Wes Unseld, John Wall and Elvin Hayes. He passed Unseld a little over a month ago, moved in front of his injured teammate in Wall three weeks ago and now only trails the Hall of Famer Hayes.
Hayes scored 15,551 points over his nine-season run with the franchise and holds a 4000-point edge over Beal. Hayes was an All-Star in eight of those nine seasons and led the Bullets to a championship in 1978. It remains the only championship in franchise history.
If Beal wants to catch Hayes, it might take him at least another two seasons. Beal's career-high for points scored in a season happened last year when he poured in 2,099. He also might have to sign an extension with the Wizards again to fully take his place atop the team's scoring list.
As Beal now begins his chase of Hayes to become the best scorer in franchise history, there is one thing Hayes has that Beal would probably trade in for every single point he's scored to date. An NBA title.
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