Wizards star Bradley Beal deserves All-NBA spot, says Scott Brooks
Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks believes shooting guard Bradley Beal should make one of the three All-NBA teams this season.
Beal appeared in 57 games for the Wizards in 2019-20 before the season was suspended. The team went just 20-37 in those contests.
However, Brooks says every player and coach in the NBA knows Beal is one of the top 15 players in the league and his production should outweigh the Wizards’ putrid record:
Scott Brooks: Bradley Beal deserves an All-NBA spot.#RepTheDistrict
Voters have been directed to only factor in the first part of the season in award decisions (Beal is not playing w/ the Wizards over the last 8 games). pic.twitter.com/3s6TDt7a81
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Because of a shoulder injury, Beal is not playing in the season’s restart down in Orlando, Florida. The two-time All-Star will finish the 2019-20 season with averages of 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists. The Wizards star also shot 45.5 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Beal didn’t make the All-Star Game this season, but he came on really strong before the hiatus to finish with those stout numbers.
Without Beal, the Wizards face an uphill climb to make the 2020 playoffs. They have to compile a better seeding-games-record than the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets and get within four games of the No. 8 seed in order to trigger a play-in round.
Washington, though, should be playoff contenders in 2020-21 with All-Star point guard John Wall back in the lineup alongside Beal. The former No. 1 overall pick missed this season recovering from his Achilles tear. Wizards coaches, execs, players and fans can’t wait to see Wall and Beal tearing up the NBA once again.
Beal, who was the third overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Florida, has career averages of 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists with the Wizards.