The Washington Wizards are 16 games into the 2019-20 campaign. They currently are sitting at 6-10 which has them a half-game behind the eighth-place Orlando Magic. A big reason and probably the only reason for this is the MVP level play of Bradley Beal who has cemented himself as the second-best shooting guard behind James Harden.
Beal off to a career-best start
Currently, Beal is Averaging 28.9 points, 7 assists, and 4.4 rebounds. The points and assists are career bests. In six of his last eight games, Beal has scored at least 30 points and recorded back to back 44 point efforts along the way. Following a 2-7 start, the Wizards have pulled themselves back into playoff contention in a crowded Eastern Conference.
In his last game out Beal poured in 35 points to fuel the Wizards to a 140-132 win in Phoenix.
Does Beal belong in MVP talks?
The answer here is absolutely. Now barring a miracle Beal will not win MVP but should he continue this pace he should earn some votes. The eight-year veteran is currently fourth in the NBA in scoring. Yes, it is early but this is a Wizards team that did not have high expectations. There were also question marks of whether or not Beal would even be on the team when the season began. But now signed through 2021 and playing the best basketball of his career the future could be bright in the District of Columbia.
Now we are only 16 games in but the playoffs look like a real possibility. The Wizards currently average 119 points per game. That’s tied for the league lead with the Milwaukee Bucks. When you have duos like Harden and Westbrook, Paul George and Kawhi just to name a few that’s extremely impressive. The problem is the Wizards allow 120 points per game the most in the league. The Wizards currently have six players scoring in double figures including Isaiah Thomas who is finding his stride. While the top six seeds look to be locks the seventh and eighth seeds are there for the taking. If Beal keeps it up we could see playoff basketball in April in DC.
Flying under the radar
Certainly, with the seasons’ guys like Harden, Giannis, Lebron, and Luka Doncic are having you’re going to fly under the radar. However, its time to start taking notice. Beal already has nine 30 point games this season and he had a five-game stretch where he averaged 37 points on 58% shooting.
Everyone will get a chance to watch Beal keep his MVP level play continue Friday as the Wizards head west to take on the 16-2 league-leading Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN.