Found June 28, 2012 on
Uncross your fingers and let go of your breath, folks. The hoopla and melodrama surrounding the Washington Wizards and their number 3 pick is FINALLY over.
And with that said I give you a warm welcome to DC, Bradley Beal! You’ve relieved timeless weeks of anxiety and anticipation amongst the Wizards faithful.
Oh, and happy 19th birthday!
Even up until a minute before the relentlessly booed NBA commissioner, David Stern, trotted up to the podium to announce the Bobcats selection of Michael Kidd-Gilcrest, there was heavy chatter about a trade swap between Charlotte and Cleveland. The trade would have allowed the Cavs to leapfrog the Wizards and most likely select Beal with the second pick. The deal was apparently set in stone and on the table ready for Charlotte’s acceptance, but eventually refuted.
That ultimately paved the way for Beal to the Wizards.
Here are some quick notes about the kid:
- He is the first Gator to be selected in the lottery since 2007, when Al Horford, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah were all taken in the top 10 following their title season at Florida.
- Beal averaged 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season with Florida
- Beal is considered one of the premiere shooters/scorers in this year’s draft, an area that the Wizards sorely lacked in.
- Beal is the third consecutive SEC freshman selected in the top 3.
With the frontcourt pretty much set, the Wizards are hopeful the acquisition of Beal will solidify their backcourt alongside John Wall.
Is it October yet??
BEST OF MAXIM
The Washington Wizards have chosen Bradley Beal of Florida with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-4 freshman guard averaged 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Gators last season. Beal, who turned 19 on Thursday, joins a backcourt headlined by John Wall, the first selection in the 2010 draft.
The Wizards finished were 20-46 last season. Washington closed the season on...
Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal isn't just on the radar of several contenders, he's at the top of their list. Beal, considered the top shooter in the draft, revealed Wednesday in a TV interview with ESPN that he's had several conversations with the Oklahoma City Thunder. General manager Sam Presti told Beal the Western Conference champions were interested in trading...
Brad Beal is the player that the Washington Wizards wanted all along. This will be great for point guard John Wall a shooter.
I really like this kid’s game; I think he might be the best freshman in this class. Beal can flat out shoot the basketball that’s what he is best at. His stroke is real smooth; he has a quick release. He has excellent range on his shot....
We're less than 24 hours from the start of the NBA Draft, and that's when the rumors kick in to high gear. However, it's not often a rumor gets started because of something a player says during the Green Room interviews a day before the draft. That's just what happened when Bradley Beal told ESPN that several non-lottery teams, most notably the Oklahoma City Thunder...
It’s NBA draft night and nobody knows what will happen next. [TAI, BF]
Undecided who Wiz should draft? Previews on Beal, MKG, Barnes, T-Rob.
Jason Reid makes the case for Florida guard Bradley Beal. [WaPo]
Nats smack around Rockies again, win 11-5, both Zims look good. [WT]
Hard-hitting rookie Tyler Moore might stay with the big club. [CSNW]
You be the jury: Ty Clippard baby duck...
With the NBA draft slated to happen tomorrow night, let's take a look at three prospects that would help the Washington Wizards out at No. 3 overall:
Bradley Beal - Guard, Freshman, Florida Gators
Beal is a shooter and there isn't anything the Wizards need more than a guy that can knock down shots. Beal has been compared to Ray Allen, but I'm not so certain he is...
The Washington Wizards used the No. 3 pick in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday to take Florida freshman shooting guard Bradley Beal, allowing the Wizards to pair him in the backcourt with point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick two years ago. Beal was the subject of a lot of trade talk during the day, as Beal steadily moved up the charts as scouts took a closer...
We're currently in the midst of a wonderful Dream Team renaissance period. It's been 20 years since Larry, Michael and Magic joined forces in Barcelona and there's been a flood of reflection and nostalgia for the squad. GQ had a rich oral history in their July issue, NBATV rolled out a fabulous documentary earlier this month, and Jack McCallum has a book from behind-the...
The Washington Wizards used the third pick in the NBA draft to select Bradley Beal, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Florida. Beal should make a nice backcourt paring with point guard John Wall, who will be entering his third season in a Wizards uniform. The Wizards worked out Beal on June 14 and seemed impressed with his skill and maturity. Beal, who celebrated his 19th birthday...
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On the possibility of trading up to get Beal- “Beal’s certainly good, but stop comparing him to Ray Allen: As a Freshman for the UConn Huskies in 1994, Ray Allen shot...
1. New Orleans Hornets Anthony Davis (6’10″ PF, Freshman, Kentucky) 2. Cleveland Cavaliers Bradley Beal (6’5″ SG, Freshman, Florida) 3. Washington Wizards Harrison Barnes (6’8″ SF, North Carolina, Sophomore) 4. Charlotte Bobcats Thomas Robinson (6’9″ PF, Junior, Kansas) 5. Sacramento Kings Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6’7″ SF, Freshman, Kentucky) 6. Portland...