Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 10/15/14
Dallas-mavericks-san
When I talked to Washington Wizards rookie Bradley Beal during preseason, he spoke very highly of fellow shooting guard Manu Ginobili, even calling him dynamic and dangerous. Beal had hoped to get the opportunity to play against Ginobili that night, but with the Spurs all-star guard sidelined with an injury, Beal instead faced and struggled against Danny Green, with the 19-year-old failing to score a point in the game. Now, exactly one month later, Beal will have his chance to play against a player he has looked up to. “I’m looking forward to playing against (Ginobili),” Beal said last month. “He’s one of the best guards in the league so whenever I have the opportunity to play against anybody like that, I’m going to take full advantage of it.” While it was a bad night for Beal before a season full of potential at the time, he and the Wizards find themselves winless entering tonight's game. Beal has also had his share of struggles along the way, averaging 11.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 28 minutes per game. Beal, known for his smooth shooting stroke and expected to blossom into one of the NBA's best pure shooters, has had his issues with the one thing he may have thought he mastered. He is currently shooting 32 percent from the field and has bad shooting nights (3-12, 4-12, 3-14, 1-11) littered across his early season stat sheet. Beal has been bouncing between the starting lineup and bench all season with the Wizards hoping one lineup will stick. Once expected to be a second or third place Rookie of the Year candidate, NBA.com's recent rookie rankings have him seventh among rookies. While Beal said his transition to the NBA went along smoothly with several veteran players mentoring him, his season has probably had more bumps in the road than expected. Although at 19, with a ton of pressure to help get a winless team into the win column, it was never expected to be easy. That theme will continue tonight as Beal will see plenty of Green and Ginobili in front of him. If that's not a rookie wall, I don't know what is.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mike Pettine considered benching Hoyer for Manziel

Percy Harvin speaks out: 'I'm not a perfect person'

Report: Kobe has prevented Lakers from signing top talent

Red Sox may be ready to move Yoenis Cespedes

Alleged details of War Machine's suicide letter released

Austin Davis says Rams security didn't recognize him

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LeBron: Bulls are 'much better' than Cavs right now

Redskins to stick with Colt McCoy over Kirk Cousins

Rick Pitino: Louisville will beat FSU in football

Report: Rams considered favorites to move to LA

Kobe to Julius Randle: You’re an idiot if you (expletive) this up

Slava Voynov arrested on D.V. charge, suspended indefinitely

WATCH: Boxer viciously attacks referee at Euro Championships

WATCH: Salvador Perez hassles Lorenzo Cain at media session

Lane Kiffin trashed in Tennessee political ad

WATCH: Lawrence Timmons throws up on field during MNF

10 NBA players who could be traded by the All-Star break

WATCH: Jimbo Fisher gets annoyed, cuts interview short

WATCH: Les Miles has classic reaction to dumb question

WATCH: Tennessee coach tried to trip Ole Miss player?

News station congratulates Gary Payton for breaking TD record

Did Sidney Crosby troll Flyers fans with Halloween costume?

Why Dan Mullen is not leaving Mississippi State

12 amazing stats from Week 7

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Lane Kiffin trashed in political ad

Details of War Machine's suicide letter leaked

Angry Jimbo Fisher cuts off interview

Is Kobe's deal hurting the Lakers?

Tenn. coach tried to trip Ole Miss CB?

GGG continues his reign of terror

The 6 things that mattered this weekend in the premier league

News station congratulates Gary Payton for TD record

Ray Rice could be back by Week 10?

12 amazing stats from Week 7

World Series preview

Favre: I got calls about playing last season

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.