Eric Gordon? Dwayne Wade? Ray Allen? Try Kobe Bryant, according to Brian Scalabrine.
Former member of the Boston Celtics and current NBC Sports Boston analyst Brian Scalabrine stopped by the NBC Sports Washington broadcast during the Wizards-Celtics game. In the interview, Scalabrine told Chris Miller that he thinks Bradley Beal is a lot like Kobe Bryant.
Yes, you read that right. Need to hear it to believe it?
Scal sees shades of Kobe in Bradley Beal 👀👀 pic.twitter.com/PwTxcbHvHG— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) March 2, 2019
White Mamba really said that Beal’s game is “very similar” to Black Mamba’s. Let’s break that down.
“A lot of people thought he was like Ray Allen when he was playing with John Wall,” Scalabrine said. Allen's quick perimeter shooting and rebounding at UConn made this an easy comparison early in Beal’s basketball career. After Beal’s first four seasons, even Allen saw himself in the young Wizard.
“But now that John Wall is out and he’s just having the ball in his hands, he’s a lot more like Kobe Bryant to me,” Scalabrine continued. “He’s got the shifting, he’s got the elevated, the tough shot-making, so he looks more like Kobe. I know Kobe’s a monster in the competitive pool but to me, their game is very similar.”
Here’s the obvious: Beal has played seven seasons compared to Bryant’s 20. Beal has had four playoff runs compared to Bryant’s 15. Beal is a two-time All-Star while Bryant held that honor 18 times (90% of his playing career).
Kobe Bryant averaged 30 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game in his seventh season (2002-03).
Beal had an incredible February, averaging 30.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. He was the first Wizards player to average more than 30 points in a calendar month since Gilbert Arenas did 13 seasons ago.
If Scal is running this train, we’ll gladly hop on board.
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