Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal
26-Year-Old GuardG
Washington Wizards
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Beal is coming off his second straight All-Star appearance, and he led the NBA in total minutes (3,028) during the 2018-19 season. While looking at his per-game numbers for the year shows improvement, much of the progress occurred after John Wall was lost for the year due to injury. Wall played his last game on Dec. 26, and Beal took over as the Wizards' primary ballhandler after that point. From Dec. 28 onward, Beal averaged 27.2 points, 6.0 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals. Had he posted those numbers across the entire campaign, Beal would have been one of only two players to average at least 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.5 steals last year -- the other being James Harden. With Washington not bringing in any other high-usage players during the offseason and Wall out for all of 2019-20, it seems reasonable to expect Beal to continue working within the expanded role he took on last season. Assuming that's the case, Beal profiles as a late-first or early-second round draft pick in most fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $72 million contract extension with the Wizards in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Bradley Emmanuel Beal was born in 1993 in St. Louis. He is the son of Bobby and Besta Beal and has four brothers, all of whom played college football. Both of Beal's parents played sports at Kentucky State. Hip hop legend Nelly used to walk Beal to school. In praising Beal's success, Nelly said "He's a testament to good upbringing, strong parents, determination and work." The "Real Deal" attended and played basketball at Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis. He was named the 2011 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year after his senior season in which he averaged 32.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.7 steals. Beal was also named a 2011 McDonald's and Jordan Brand All-American. The shooting guard was also a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri (2010 and 2011) and won gold medals as a member of the U16 and U17 Team USA squads. As a pro, Beal participated in the 2013 and 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll as part of the Eggtivity Zone, joining other professional athletes and President Barack Obama in promoting health and wellness. Fans can learn more about the All-Star on Twitter (@RealDealBeal23) and Instagram (@bradbeal3).

College/International Summary

Beal was named both a first-team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman in the 2011-12 season, the first University of Florida men's basketball player to accomplish that feat. The St. Louis, Missouri native led the Gators in rebounds (6.7), minutes (34.2) and steals (1.4) while ranking second on the team in points (14.8). Beal propelled the Gators to the 2012 SEC Tournament, where they ultimately fell to Louisville. He was named to the All-SEC Tournament team. Beal also helped lead Florida to the Elite Eight in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Beal registered a double-double (14 points and 11 rebounds) in the opening game over Virginia. He entered the 2012 NBA Draft after his freshman year and was selected third overall by the Wizards.

Scores 40, fills box score
GWashington Wizards
March 10, 2020
Beal produced 40 points (11-25 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 14-16 FT), seven assists, three rebounds, three steals and one block in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 122-115 win over the Knicks.
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Beal scored 40-plus for the 11th time this season, this after scoring 40 or more 12 times across the last three seasons combined. The 26-year-old guard is averaging career highs in points, assists and threes while maintaining a career-high free throw percentage.
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Past Season Summaries
2019

Beal appeared in 57 games for the Wizards in 2019-20. He set per-game career highs in points (30.5), assists (6.1) and made threes (3.0) while also posting 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocks in 36.0 minutes. He shot 45.5 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three and a career-high 84.2 percent from the free-throw line. Feb. 24 against the Bucks, Beal set a new single-game career high with 55 points. He shot 19-of-33 from the field, 8-of-13 from three and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line while also posting three assists and two rebounds. That game came just one day after a 53-point outburst against the Bulls. Beal set other single-game season highs of 12 assists, 10 rebounds, eight threes, five steals and three blocks. Beal had 10 games with at least 40 points, 25 games with at least five rebounds and six games with 10-plus assists. He also had eight games with three-plus steals and 18 games with at least one block. Beal added eight double-doubles to his resume in 2019-20. In terms of NBA ranks, Beal landed 13th in made threes (170), seventh in made free-throws (385), 19th in assists (347), third in points (1,741), fifth in minutes per game (36.0), second in points per game (30.5), 17th in Player Efficiency Rating (23.1), fifth in usage percentage (34.4), 16th in offensive win shares (4.6) and 11th in offensive box plus/minus (5.3).

2018

For the second time in his career, Beal started 82 regular-season games during the 2018-2019 campaign. He led the league with 36.9 minutes per game. Beal also set new career highs with per-game averages of 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals. On Feb. 22 he scored a season-high 46 points against the Charlotte Hornets. On March 16 Beal set a new career high for three pointers with nine in a win over the Grizzlies. On Dec. 22 he set a new career high for assists with 15 in a 149-146 overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns. He later matched that assist total against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 13. Beal was named to his second All-Star team and scored 11 points in a little over 17 minutes for Team LeBron. On the season, he scored 2,099 points, which was the fourth-highest total in the league. Beal was also fourth in the league in total field goal attempts with 1,609.

2017

Bradley Beal started all 82 games for the Washington Wizards during the 2017-2018 campaign. It was the first time in his NBA career in which he played in all 82 regular season games. Beal averaged 22.6 points per contest, along with a career-best 4.4 rebounds and a career-high 4.5 assists per game. Beal collected four double-doubles during the regular season. On Dec. 5, Beal scored a career-high 51 points during a win at Portland. During the win, Beal connected on a staggering 21-of-37 shots from the floor. The prolific shooting guard registered 15 outings with at least 30 points. In late January, Beal was named as a reserve for the 2018 All-Star Game. He scored 14 points during his first ever All-Star appearance. Beal finished fourth in the league in field goal attempts (1,484) and finished 13th in the NBA in scoring average (22.6). The Wizards made the playoffs, largely as a result of Beal's continued success. He averaged 23.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists during six games against the Toronto Raptors in their first round matchup. Beal crossed the 30-point mark in two of the last three contests, though the Wizards fell in six games.

2016

After an injury riddled prior season, Bradley Beal started 77 games in 2016-17. In his fifth NBA season, Bradley Beal stepped up his scoring for the Washington Wizards. For the first time in his career, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged over 20 points per contest. Beal's 23.1 points per game tied him with teammate John Wall for 19th-most in the NBA. He also set new career highs with 3.5 assists per game and a 48.2 field goal percentage. On Nov. 21, Beal scored a career-high 42 points while shooting a terrific 14-of-22 in a win over the Phoenix Suns. It was his first career 40-point performance and first of four during the 2016-17 season. Two of those performances came during a six-game stretch in February. Over that span, Beal averaged 28.8 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds on 54.8 percent shooting. During the regular season, he posted 13 games with at least 30 points. In the 2017 playoffs, Beal averaged 24.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting in 13 starts. The Wizards defeated the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs, but lost to Boston in seven games during the Eastern Conference semifinals.

2015

Due to injuries to his left shoulder, right leg and pelvis, Beal was only able to appear in 55 games (35 starts) for the Wizards during the 2015-16 season. And yet, despite the injuries, Beal had the best shooting season of his young career. The prolific guard shot a career-best 44.9 percent from the field despite attempting 4.9 threes per game. The improved shooting led to Beal averaging a career-high 17.4 points. The St. Louis native started Washington's first six games, but during the Nov. 7 loss at Atlanta, Beal injured his left shoulder, forcing him to miss three straight contests. On Dec. 4, Beal scored a season-high 34 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists during a home win over the Suns. Then, he was held out of a Dec. 11 game at New Orleans due to right leg soreness and ultimately rested for 18 of the team's next 23 games. Beal then came off the bench for most of the following 19 games and averaged 17.1 points per contest over that span. The injuries woes would soon continue during a March 7 loss to Indiana, as Beal injured his pelvis and missed four of the following six games. Beal returned March 19 but sat out the last two games of the season. Washington finished with a 41-41 record and missed the playoffs.

2014

Beal broke his left wrist during an October preseason contest and missed the first nine games of the 2014-15 season. He made his season debut on Nov. 19 and posted 21 points in a home loss to Dallas. On Dec. 29, Beal scored a season-high 33 points, adding five boards and three assists in a win at Houston. Beal delivered his first double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds, plus six assists, during a loss at Oklahoma City on Jan. 2. A month later, on Feb. 2, Beal delivered his second double-double with 18 points and 11 boards in a loss to visiting Charlotte. A toe injury suffered during a Feb. 5 loss at Charlotte forced Beal to miss eight straight games. The St. Louis native returned Feb. 28 and played in 21 of Washington's last 23 regular-season contests. He ended the year with an accuracy mark of 40.9 percent from three-point land, which ranked ninth in the NBA. The Wizards finished the season with a record of 46-36 and defeated Toronto in the first round of the postseason before falling to Atlanta in Round 2. Beal played in all 10 of Washington's playoff games, producing an average of 23.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.6 steals.

2013

After an injury-riddled rookie season, Beal started 73 games for the Wizards in 2013-14. He delivered improved per-game averages in terms of points (17.1), assists (3.7), steals (1.0) and three-pointers (1.9). On Nov. 10, Beal scored a career-high 34 points and added six boards in a road loss to the Thunder. Beal started Washington's first 13 games, but on Nov. 25, it was announced that he'd aggravated the right-leg injury that forced him to miss the last couple weeks of the 2012-13 season. Fortunately, Beal only missed nine games, returning on Dec. 16 to post 21 points and seven boards in a win at New York. Once in November and twice in January, Beal dealt a career-high eight assists. That included his Jan. 20 performance when he generated 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a home win over Philadelphia. On Feb. 11, Beal scored a career-high 37 points in a loss at Memphis. The Wizards finished with a 44-38 record and beat the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs but lost in Round 2 to the Pacers. Beal played in all 11 playoff games, averaging 19.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.0 three-pointers and 1.6 steals.

2012

After one season at the University of Florida, Beal was selected with the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Wizards. The 19-year-old rookie joined John Wall to form one of the most dynamic backcourts in the NBA. Beal made his NBA debut on opening night (Oct. 30), posting eight points, three rebounds and three assists in a loss at Cleveland. He was then named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December after averaging 13.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists over 12 contests. On Jan. 16, the shooting guard posted 26 points and six assists during a loss at Sacramento. Beal appeared in 41 of Washington's first 43 games until he suffered a wrist injury on Jan. 23 in a loss at Utah. Beal tried to play through the injury but ultimately missed five games. He returned Feb. 8 and played in 10 straight contests, a run which included a 28-point effort in a Feb. 11 win at Milwaukee and a 29-point performance during a March 1 loss at New York. An early March ankle injury then cost Beal 19 of the last 24 games. He concluded the season with per-game averages of 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 three-pointers, and as a result, he was named to the 2013 All-Rookie First Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Washington Wizards in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft. Shortly there after, singed a multi-year, rookie agreement with the Wizards.
  • July 26, 2016
    Signed a five-year contract with the Washington Wizards
  • October 17, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract extension with the Washington Wizards. Signing is extension on deal signed in July, 2016. Covers the 2021-22 season and includes a player option for 2022-23.
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Beal put together the first complete season of his career in 2017-18, playing in all 82 games after seeing action in less than 65 contests in three of five prior campaigns. His scoring (22.6 PPG) remained relatively the same to his 2016-17 offensive breakout and he shot slightly worse numbers from both the field (46 percent) and from deep (37.5 percent), though he did hoist up an additional shot attempt per game (18.1 FGA). His biggest improvements came as a playmaker and on the boards, where he posted career-highs of 4.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists, up from 3.1 and 3.5, respectively, a year prior. That was likely a result of Beal's backcourt mate, John Wall, missing 41 games due to injury. Beal was forced to take on more ball-handling responsibility, which likely contributed to his career-high 2.6 turnovers per game as well. Still, Beal proved he could run the show when needed and ultimately garnered his first career All-Star selection. Looking forward to the upcoming campaign, the Wizards essentially return the same contributors and supporting cast from a season ago other than the switch at center from Marcin Gortat to Dwight Howard. Wall should be back to full strength from the get go, which could result in lessened assist totals. That said, with another All-Star in the lineup to absorb defenders, Beal should get more open looks and could up his efficiency as a shooter after a slight down year. Don't expect Beal's scoring totals to take a hit, though, and his ability to do a little bit of everything should make him a top-tier shooting guard option on draft day.
Beal continued his steady improvement in a big way during the 2016-17 campaign, crossing the 20 points per game threshold. While not an All-Star, he played like one, posting 23.1 points, 3.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals across 34.9 minutes per game. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard also shot 48.2 percent from the field and made 2.9 threes per contest at a 40.4 percent clip. He’s managed to improve his effective field-goal percentage each year he’s been in the league as well, though it will seemingly be hard to top his efficiency from last season – that obviously shouldn’t be considered a knock, however, on his Fantasy value. There are no shortages of big games when deploying Beal in Fantasy, either, as he recorded 13 games with 30-plus points and 20 games with five-plus assists. While he only recorded one double-double on the year, those are rare from the shooting guard slot. Overall, at just 24-years-old, Beal has still yet to enter his prime, making for a promising Fantasy pickup. He has top-5 shooting guard upside in Fantasy and potential to land in the top-25 of all Fantasy players during the 2017-18 campaign.
With a career average of 16.0 points per game and an excellent 39.7 percent conversion rate from three-point land, Beal has firmly established himself as the unquestioned second banana in Washington behind three-time All-Star John Wall. Unfortunately, injuries have dogged him in all four seasons of his career, with the former No. 3 overall pick missing no fewer than nine games in each campaign. The Wizards evidently feel Beal’s immense talents outweigh his lack of reliability on the health front, as they re-signed the shooting guard to a five-year, $127 million contract in July. The pressure is now on the 23-year-old to prove he can stay on the court and improve his rapport with Wall, which could be a lot to ask considering the Wizards acknowledged the possibility of monitoring Beal’s playing time closely over the rest of his career in order for him to avoid developing another stress fracture to his right leg. It’s believed that any restrictions wouldn’t prevent Beal from logging 30-to-35 minutes per game, so that shouldn’t influence his outlook in a significant way heading into 2016-17 after he was able to average a career-high 17.4 points on a career-best 44.9 percent shooting from the field in 31.1 minutes per game a year earlier. That said, Beal’s durability concerns make him a riskier selection than most of the players who will be drafted near him in fantasy leagues, so owners will have to decide for themselves if the juice is worth the squeeze.
The only thing that separates Beal from reaching the top echelon of NBA shooting guards is his inability to stay healthy. In 2014-15, the fourth-year guard was limited to 63 games because of wrist, leg, and ankle injuries. He has not played in more than 73 games in any of his three seasons. It may be that the 6-5 guard is still growing into his body and will better learn his limits as he gets older. Hopefully, he can stay healthy in the new season to show off that beautiful three-point stroke. For the second consecutive season, Beal hit better than 40 percent of his three-pointers for 1.7 three-pointers per game. He averaged 15.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 33 minutes. His conversion rates were 43 percent on field goals and 78 percent on free throws. Beal bumped up his production in the playoffs with 23.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists as the Wizards advanced to the conference semifinals before losing to Atlanta in six games. With John Wall, Beal forms one of the best young backcourts in the league, and he could join his teammate at the All-Star Game if he can stay healthy.
After celebrating his 21st birthday during the offseason, Bradley Beal is entering his third year in the NBA. He started 119 of the 129 regular-season games he played during his first two seasons and is locked in as the Wizards' shooting guard of both the present and future. Known for his shooting above all else, the former Florida Gator has made 40 percent of his three-point attempts through his first two seasons but hasn't been nearly as effective inside the arc. In 73 games last season, he averaged 17.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.2 blocks in 35 minutes per game. He shot a modest 42 percent from the field, despite connecting on 40 percent of his three-point field goals, of which he made 1.9 per game. He also attempted 2.6 free throws per game, converting at a 79-percent clip. Beal posted similar per-36 production in 11 playoff games but saw his averages jump across board, as he logged an impressive 42 minutes per contest. The Wizards' second unit often ran through Beal during the playoffs, and we can expect more of the same during the upcoming season. Already an established shooter and underrated defender, Beal is still young enough that there's hope he can make strides when it comes to ball-handling and creating his own shot. If that happens, he'll likely threaten the 20-ppg threshold, and could be one of the breakout stars of the 2014-15 season.
With John Wall sidelined until January with a knee injury last season, Beal was immediately vaulted into a starting role and endured the sort of struggles one might expect from a 19-year-old rookie. Though he averaged a respectable 12.1 points and 2.5 assists per game through the first two months of the season, Beal shot a wretched 35 percent from the field and 27 percent from three. It wasn't until the return of Wall that Beal truly thrived, as he rose his scoring to 15.5 points per game after December while showing dramatically improved efficiency (46 percent from the field, 48 percent from three). Beal's ascension was ultimately halted by a litany of injuries, with a stress injury in his right fibula ending his season in April after just 56 games. Beal was cleared for full contact in August and appears to be fully healthy for training camp, giving the Wizards a potent one-two punch in the backcourt for years to come with Wall agreeing to a five-year extension in the offseason. With a healthy Beal no longer tasked with creating his own offense, as he was forced to early last season, he should be able to minimize his turnovers and build on the progress he showed after Wall returned last season. A solid rebounder for his size, Beal has the potential to provide elite production once he reaches his peak.
The Wizards drafted Beal, a University of Florida product, with the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, hoping that his game would coalesce with backcourt mate John Wall, who has been saddled with selfish gunners like Nick Young and Jordan Crawford as his running mates through his first two seasons. Beal is praised for his impressive range from deep and high basketball IQ, and should provide an immediate upgrade at shooting guard. Despite being a bit undersized for an NBA two-guard, the 6-foot-3 Beal managed to pull down 6.7 boards a game and block nearly a shot per game for the Gators last season. Rebounding might not come that easy for Beal in the NBA, but he’ll still provide value elsewhere, as evidenced by his 1.4 steals per game. For what it’s worth, Beal netted 17.0 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game in five summer league contests, although an ugly 1.8:2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio can’t be tolerated once the regular season begins. Beal might not set the world on fire coming out the gate, but his gifts as a shooter, and his underrated athleticism, should allow him to emerge as a viable fantasy contributor at some point during his rookie season.
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Goes for 35
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March 7, 2020
Beal had 35 points (13-21 FG, 7-10 3PT, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, four assists and two steals in Friday's win over Atlanta.
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Scores 29 in loss
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March 5, 2020
Beal had 29 points (10-29 FG, 4-9 3PT, 5-6 FT), six rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's loss to Portland.
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Reaches 30 points again
GWashington Wizards
March 4, 2020
Beal finished with 35 points (11-24 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 11-15 FT), eight assists, two rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 133-126 loss to the Kings.
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Excellent two-way effort in win
GWashington Wizards
March 2, 2020
Beal posted 34 points (10-24 FG, 7-9 3Pt, 7-8 FT), eight assists, five steals and two rebounds across 35 minutes during Sunday's 124-110 victory over the Warriors.
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Stays sizzling hot
GWashington Wizards
February 29, 2020
Beal registered 42 points (17-33 FG, 6-15 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds and two steals in 40 minutes during Friday's 129-119 loss at Utah.
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