Despite being eight years removed from his own draft selection, Bradley Beal knows of the pressures that come along with being a sought-after rookie.
Just check out this exchange with Beal and Washington's No. 9 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Deni Avdija.
"So, I was thrown right into the fire like you were," Beal said to Avdjia.
"How did you do in your first practice?" Avdija asked. "You did good? Bad?"
"You're always going to feel like you didn't do good," Beal reassured. "Because you have higher expectations for yourself, and you should. You feel me?
But, I would just say embrace every single moment of the year. You're going to have good days, horrible days, and in-between days. Embrace all of them, because you need all of them."
That's exactly the kind of leadership Wizards fans have come to expect from the No. 3 pick in the 2012 draft. While John Wall was sidelined the past two seasons, Beal has taken up more of a vocal role within the locker room and on the practice floor.
With Wall now in Houston, Beal's role as the unquestioned leader of the team is without a doubt. The NBA's second-leading scorer last season is now talking that talk in the best way possible.