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A more athletic JJ Redick? Bradley Beal reacts to old player comparison

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The only thing better than NBA player comparisons are really old NBA player comparisons. They're almost never right. 

During his guest appearance on the NBC Sports Washington broadcast for Wizards vs. Nets, Bradley Beal was informed of Duke's Mike Krzyzewski calling him a "more athletic JJ Redick," during his days at Chaminade College Preparatory School.

"That's a funny comparison," Beal said. "That's a good comparison, I'm not mad at it because growing up, JJ was my favorite player at Duke. So I respect that."

It's not exactly a slight to be compared to Redick. He was one of the best college basketball players of his time at Duke and then promptly turned into one of the league's very best three-point marksman. 

Even as he continues through his age-35 season, Redick is still adding layers to his game and adjusting to opposing defenses finding new ways to defend him beyond the arc. 

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"[Redick] loves to credit me with my two-man game, but I honestly learned a lot from him and Kyle Korver, just how they move well without the ball, being able to spread everybody out and shoot. Trust and believe, man I do homework on a lot of players and JJ's one of my favorites."

In the end, though, Beal became more than just an elite specialist like Redick. He developed his handle to unlock his potential as a shot-creator and improved significantly as a playmaker in the pick and roll over the last two seasons. 

 

As flattering as a Redick comparison is, that man never averaged 30 points in a season like Beal did in 2019-20. But that's why old comparisons are so great. They serve as a reminder for how far a player has come as a basketball player. 

Perhaps now it's time to focus on another one of Beal's early comparisons. 10-time All-Star and first-ballot Hall of Famer, Ray Allen.

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