Shooting Guard Enters His Prime as a Cornerstone of the Team
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has re-signed guard Bradley Beal. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Bradley has proven himself as one of the top young shooting guards in the league, and we feel that he has the potential to rise to an elite level as he enters the prime of his career as one of the cornerstones of our team,” Grunfeld said. “He is an outstanding member of the community and a great example of the type of player and person we want to represent our franchise.”
Beal has averaged 16.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting .426 from the field and .397 from three-point range in 247 games (213 starts) in his four seasons with the Wizards.
Last season, he averaged a career-high 17.4 points and shot a career-high .449 from the field to go along with 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and a .387 three-point percentage in 55 games (35 starts) for Washington. In 2014-15, he finished ninth in the NBA in three-point percentage (.409) and he set the Wizards rookie record with 91 threes made in 2012-13. He currently ranks fourth among the team’s all-time leaders in threes made (440) and fifth all-time in three-point percentage (.397).
In 21 playoff appearances, Beal holds averages of 21.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.6 steals and has led the team in scoring during both of his playoff runs (19.2 ppg over 11 games in 2014 and 23.4 ppg over 10 games in 2015). He joins Magic Johnson as the only other player in NBA history to average at least 19 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists in multiple playoff appearances before the age of 22 and ranks fourth in NBA history with 10 games of 20+ points before the age of 22 (behind LeBron James, Tony Parker and Kobe Bryant).
The Wizards selected Beal with the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of the University of Florida. He averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.4 steals per game in his lone season there and was the first player in school history to be named First-Team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman in the same season.