Even before it was announced John Wall was going to miss the first month of the season nursing a left knee injury, Bradley Beal, the third overall pick in this past June’s draft, was expected to immediately produce for a Wizards team looking to become relevant again in the Eastern Conference. Now, Beal will likely be doing the lion’s share of the perimeter scoring for the Wizards while Wall is sidelined.
If Beal’s preseason performance is any indication of how the former Florida Gator will play when the games start counting, it might be worth it for collectors to get their hands on some of his rookie cards now (his Panini Prestige autograph rookie card is currently up for grabs on e-bay for the buy it now price of 75.00).
Beal has shown great poise in Wall’s absence, averaging a team-high 15 points through four exhibition games, shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 43 percent overall. In addition, Beal has just three turnovers so far this preseason.
Obviously, things will change once Wall returns, and Beal can go back to playing more “natural” basketball with less pressure on his shoulders. But there’s no doubting a strong performance from Beal while Wall recovers can give the already headstrong rookie a boost in confidence playing with the big boys, which in turn, would also raise the confidence in those who collect his basketball cards.
Check out the video below to see some of Beal’s highlights from the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League.
Photo courtesy of Panini America