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By the numbers: Bradley Beal makes history in Portland with 51-point outburst

By the numbers: Bradley Beal makes history in Portland with 51-point outburst

Here are some notes and numbers to put Bradley Beal's historic 51-point game against the Portland Trail Blazers into perspective...

--Bradley Beal's 51 points were a career-high. His previous best was 42 points, set back on Nov. 21, 2016 at home against the Phoenix Suns.

--Beal set a record for most points by an opponent playing at the Portland Trail Blazers. He beat out Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had 49 points at the Rose Garden back in 1972. Beal now also owns the Moda Center record for a visitor, edging out Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry who had 47 points in 2013 and 2014.

--Beal has scored 40 points or more six times in his career now and all of those games have been in the last year and 15 days. In that span, he is tied for the fourth-most 40-point games. The only guys ahead of him are Russell Westbrook (16), James Harden (12) and DeMar DeRozan (7). Beal has more than Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and many other great scorers.


--To get to 51 points, Beal took 37 shots. Beal is one of only six players in Wizards/Bullets history to attempt at least 37 field goals. He had the most since Gilbert Arenas took 37 against the Suns in 2006. The franchise record is 39 attempts held by Earl Monroe and Walt Bellamy.

--Beal's 37 attempts were more than any other NBA player in a game this season. But before anyone criticizes the shot volume, Beal shot 56.8 percent which is quite good. Only 28 times in NBA history has a player taken 37 shots or more and shot 56 percent or better. The last was Bryant in 2007 when he scored 65 points at home against... the Blazers.

--Those are some great names to be associated with and the same is the case for Wizards/Bullets players to reach 50 points in a game. Nine different guys have done it including Arenas, Monroe, Michael Jordan, John Wall, Phil Chenier, Bernard King, Moses Malone and Tracy Murray.

--There is some eery symmetry in three of those games, as pointed out by the Washington Wizards. Beal's 51 points came in a game n Dec. 5, 2017. Wall's 52 points last year were on Dec. 6, 2016. Chenier's 53 points happened on Dec. 6, 1972. What an odd coincidence. Keep this in mind next year.

--Beal is the third player to hit the 50-point mark this season. Harden had 56 points against the Jazz on Nov. 5 and James dropped 57 on the Wizards on Nov. 3.

Stats via Basketball Reference


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Former Wizard Jared Dudley: Time for a Wizards shake-up

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Former Wizard Jared Dudley: Time for a Wizards shake-up

Jared Dudley spent one season with the Washington Wizards. The core pieces on the current roster were there during that 2015-16 campaign. Based on that prior experience and a first-hand look Friday night, the Brooklyn Nets forward offered a candid assessment of the 5-10 squad. 

"I’m seeing a team that has been together too long,” Dudley told NBC Sports Washington following the Wizards’ 115-104 home loss. “They haven’t made progress, so it’s time to change things over there.”

John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter were teammates of Dudley for a full season. Markieff Morris joined the roster at the 2016 trade deadline. Washington failed to make the playoffs that season, but qualified in each of the next two and has reached the postseason in four of the five last years. 

The Wizards did not advance beyond the second round during any of those postseason appearances and lost in the first round last season after a 43-39 regular season. Following a 2-9 start, Washington won three in a row before falling to a scrappy Nets team that lost leading scorer Caris Levert earlier in the week to a gruesome ankle injury.

Dudley started and played 22 minutes in Brooklyn's win. The 12-year veteran's opinion on Washington included suggestions like extended use of a small-ball lineup. 

“I think (they have) good players, but sometimes, good players need different situations. For them, I think that it’s tough the way the league is changing. They play two bigs,” Dudley said about the combination of power forward Markieff Morris and center Dwight Howard. “In this day in age, Otto needs to play more four because he’s tall enough, more spacing.”

Facing a Brooklyn defense that leads the league in opponent mid-range shots, Washington often settled for such looks. The Wizards attempted a season-low 18 three-point attempts. 

The NBA rumor mill continually attempts to plot a new course for the Wizards. New York Times NBA insider Marc Stein reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves tried to “engage” Washington in trade talks for Jimmy Butler before shipping the All-Star guard to Philadelphia. “But the Wizards have kept Beal off limits amid their 4-9 start,” Stein reported earlier this week. “They would naturally prefer to trade the struggling Otto Porter, or perhaps even John Wall, but both possess hard-to-move contracts.”

Dudley sees the logic of moving at least one of those three players.

“I think they’ve had enough time, but they really haven’t (broken) through,” Dudley said. “I can see by the All-Star break or summer time one of these pieces moving. It’s going to be good for them. If it’s John, or Otto or Brad, one of them three, I think their next move is going to be good for both teams."

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Kelly Oubre Jr. is ready to 'take over the world' with new Converse shoe deal

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Kelly Oubre Jr. is ready to 'take over the world' with new Converse shoe deal

Kelly Oubre Jr. takes his style very seriously, perhaps to a point even further than the most fashionable of NBA players. He wants to be a figure in the industry someday as a designer of his own shoes and clothing line.

So when he approached the process of brokering a new shoe contract, he took into consideration factors that went well beyond the average player and outside of the mainstream. He wanted more than a basketball shoe. He wanted a lifestyle brand and a partnership that wasn't solely about basketball.

Oubre left Adidas to sign a new mutli-year deal this week with Nike and Converse. He will wear Nike shoes in the meantime, until a concept made by Converse is ready for game action. Then, he will become the only NBA player to wear the brand on the floor.

"Everyone knows me and I'm a different individual," he said. "Converse is reinventing themselves in the basketball world. I will be the only athlete this year flying the flag. I'm very excited to be able to represent."

Converse has a history in the game of basketball, of course. Before Nike and Adidas took over, Converse was the dominant brand for most of the 20th century, up until the 1980s. Their Chuck Taylor All Stars maintain a legacy today in the casual shoe market.

The deep basketball history of Converse appealed to Oubre.

"It's old school. It started with basketball, then it went to the rock stage, then it went to people wearing them without any thought to what the foundation of the brand was," he said.

Oubre said there is no release date yet for the new-age Converse basketball shoe. He expects to have some input on the design of future shoes and said it's part of why he chose them.

Oubre plans to begin his own clothing line at some point with the working title of 'Dope Soul.' He told NBC Sports Washington on Friday that it is "coming soon," but couldn't provide any further details. 

Oubre had restrictions under his previous contract with Adidas and had been looking forward to finding a new deal that would allow for such things. It sounds like he may be afforded that freedom.

For now, with Converse, Oubre is excited to chart a new path with an unconventional company.

"You can't really define Converse because we've done everything and we're about to take over the world," he said.