Wizards’ Bradley Beal is NBA’s leader in unique category
The Washington Wizards have seen their season turned upside-down after the loss of John Wall to a season-ending injury, as well as a major trade with the Chicago Bulls ahead of February’s trade deadline.
The team’s expected starting center, Dwight Howard, only managed to play in 9 games before being taken out of the lineup due to a lingering back issue.
In his stead, second-year big man Thomas Bryant is having a career season, but the Wiz are suffering through a rough 31-46 campaign that has them 11th in the Eastern Conference – and eliminated from the playoffs.
Despite a down season in the nation’s capital, the team’s leader without Wall, Bradley Beal, is having the best season of his six-year career.
Even though his three-point percentage has dipped slightly to 35.3 percent, Beal is averaging career-highs in points per game (26.1), rebounds per game (5.1), assists per game (5.5), steals per game (1.5) and blocks per game (0.7), per Basketball Reference.
Beal is number in minutes per game in the NBA this year at 37.6, and he has started all 77 of the Wizards’ games this year. Beal is an iron man, and he was named to the All-Star team for the second consecutive year – a very deserving honor for the 25-year-old.
Beyond that Beal, also holds the lead in a very interesting stat, per Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype:
This season, Brad Beal also leads the NBA in total miles run with 210.6. No other player has crossed the 200-mile mark, so there's a significant gap between Beal and everyone else.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) March 30, 2019
Clearly, Beal is working hard on the court for his Wiz, and that list showcases some of the more central offensive hubs in the NBA as well as some of the best off-ball shooters in the NBA.