Bradley Beal did everything he perhaps could’ve done to defeat the Philadelphia 76 ers on Wednesday. The 2019-20 Wizards lost 11 games in which they scored more 120 points, 5 in which they scored at least 130, and one in which they scored an incredible 158 points in regulation.
Beal has been incredibly patient with the Wizards during this rebuilding duration.
Valued offseason addition Russell Westbrook is shooting just 39.4 percent from the field this season. Not just is that the worst figure of his profession, but if it lasted the entire season, it would be the second-lowest field goal percentage by a former MVP this century not coming off of a major injury (Allen Iverson was a little worse at 38.7 percent in the 2003-04 season, however in a much more defensive-minded NBA). The first-round choice that was dealt to get him offers the Wizards even less ammo to flank Beal with the appropriate supporting cast, and John Wall, the salary dealt to make the deal work, is growing in Houston. Children Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija are promising, however not heros. Satisfactory defenders are scarce on this lineup.
In lots of methods, Washington now discovers themselves in a comparable position to the Houston Rockets, who acquired Westbrook during the 2019 offseason to calm James Harden. Rumblings suggested that Washington made their Westbrook trade for the very same reason, with Jackie MacMullan even stating that Beal “was driving the Westbrook thing,” prior to the deal was made during a look on the BS Podcast.
Houston mortgaged its future to secure Westbrook and quickly saw the team-building restrictions his existence enforced. He bailed on the experiment just a year into it, and James Harden is attempting to force his escape too. Beal, to this point, hasn’t taken that course. His willpower has actually been uncharacteristic of the player empowerment period. In October, he stated that he wished to complete his profession in Washington. That 2019 extension echoed the belief.
An annoyed Beal declined to speak with media after Washington got off to an 0-4 start.
” I’m pissed off,” Beal told press reporters after the video game.
” I just desire to win,” Beal concluded.
After all, if the Wizards can’t provide Beal adequate assistance to win when he ratings 60 points, how are they going to supplement him over the course of an entire season?