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For a Washington Wizards team that ranked 27th in the NBA in three-point shooting over the past two years, Bradley Beal will be a very welcome edition. The Wizards must have cast some spell on me (expelliarmus!) because I look at that starting-five and I think, “Wow, Washington actually isn’t so bad!” Well, don’t get me wrong, they are still pretty bad. But the additions of Trevor Ariza, and Nene makes me think they might actually possibly maybe probably not though, be a fairly exciting team to watch this year. And Bradley Beal is a big part of why I got my eye on the Wiz. The 19 year old sharpshooter will join a Wizards roster that is desperate for a pure shooter like Beal, and if Bradley’s 63 3-pointers made with the Florida Gators last year (33.9%) is any indication, he should be just what this D.C. squad needs. Yeah so, those percentages are nothing to write home about, but trust me, the doode can shoot. Like, he lives in three point land, originally from Downtown district. B-Rad took 186 threes last year in 37 games (just over 5 per game) if that doesn’t get you excited you need your oil changed, because you sir, are a robot, not a fantasy basketball manager. Either way, Bradley Beal will likely be expected to step up and hit jump shots from the wings and be a primary catch-and-shoot recipient for Wiz All-Star point guard John Wall. Sure he can score, but wait, folks, that’s not all! At just 6’3, Bradley is also quite good on the boards (6.7 RPG at Florida) and is known for his exceptional perimeter defense.

Beal’s line with the Gators last season, 44.5 FG/76.9 FT/14.8 ppg/6.7 rbd/2.2 ast/1.4 stl/0.8 blk/2.1 tov, is very good but is he worth your hard earned draft choices come fantasy basketball draft day? What those stats don’t tell you is how insane Beal was during Florida’s run in the tournament. Through the March Madness, Beal averaged 15.8 points, and hit 42% of his three’s to lead the Gators to the Elite Eight. Oh, hello there. What did you say your name was again? How about you come play for my fantasy basketball team in November? Damian Lillard will be there. He’s cool. Oh well, if you didn’t know his name before, you knew after those first few tourney games,  as Bradley Beal went from a top 20 prospect, to arguably one best available players in the draft. Beal’s season and Final Four hopes unfortunately ended with a 20 point, 8 rebound, 5 assist performance versus Kentucky which is likely what vaulted him to the 3rd overall pick in the draft.  The Wizards lucked out this time, and although Beal probably won’t be playing in many meaningful games with Washington, it’s that intensity, passion and drive that he showed during the tournament that the Wizards could so desperately use. Bradley has drawn comparisons to players such Ray Allen and Eddie Jones, and although he may be closer to the latter to start his career, it’s important to note that Bradley is only 19 years old! Awww, he’s just a wittle babeee! In other words, Beal has plenty of time to grow into a NBA All Star, but I might temper my expectations for 2012. Gators coach Billy Donovan claims Beal has an incredible maturity and emotional toughness for a player his age, he’s a hard worker and should have great success in the NBA. Wow, thanks Coach! Yareallymeanit? Yeah, B-Rad’s the real deal.

What does this mean for your fantasy team? Well, unlike some other rookies I am slightly higher on, namely Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal will likely be a third or fourth option on the Washington Wizards. He’s projected in the 10th-13th rounds on most experts’ boards, but I think Beals could be a popular choice on draft day and with the SG position as shallow as it is, I have seen him go as early as the 7th and 8th round in mock drafts. Yikes. Whoa now, I love me some Bradley Beals as much as the next guy, and I think he’s probably one of the less risky rookies you can draft this year, but I’m having a hard time putting him in my top 100 to start the year.  Perhaps, just outside the top 100. If you like Beals, I would take a chance drafting him if I can get him in or after the 10th round, otherwise I’ll wait until next year. Without being the 1st or second option in D.C., I just don’t see Beals’ ceiling for 2012-13 being as high as some of the other players available in those rounds. That notwithstanding, I think Bradley Beals will have a great NBA career and hopefully he can start to finally bring the Wizards out of the basement (probably not though, I mean, they are Wizards).

Projections: .395 fg/.792 ft/12.1 ppg/1.9 3pt/3.6 rbd/2.1 ast/1.2 stl/0.1 blk/1.5 tov

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  1. Shawn says:
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    I don’t know about this
    you start off saying how good Beal is, get us thinking maybe we should put him on your draft sheet then you pretty much say at the end ” but nah I wouldnt draft him( pretty much)” weird but OKAY!

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Shawn, I like Beal a lot, but unfortunately so does everyone else. I wouldn’t reach for him early in the draft like I would for Anthony Davis or Damian Lillard, I don’t think his upside or his ceiling is quite as high as theirs, at least not this year. But 10th round or later? Heck yeah, I want him on my team.

  2. Fenris-77 says:
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    There’s upside for a season far better than the above projection, hence the hype. Personally, I think 10th round expecting the above projection is about right since it pretty much absolves you from reaching too early based on name value or some crappy built-in draft software rankings. He’s a draft and stash bench guy no matter how you slice it, unless you’re in a league with 20+ teams or some silly shizz.

    And yes, I do play in a league like that. :D

    • Tony says:
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      @Fenris-77, i do as well fen, my leagues auction, 18 teams….

      what do you think Beal’s worth? We keep 4, rookies, if desired, can go for ALOT…. this might be the guy you base the future of your team on…. Kyrie went for $50 last year? insane, but he’s projecting as a top 15 guy now this year and any top 20 player is worth about $50 in an 18 teamer. The key is getting a rookie (or anyone) cheap somehow, then holding them and reaping the benefits. Usually in our draft there’s more money than there are players almost so salaries are inflated, what would you say for the future of beal and his price tag now?

      • Dan Pants

        Blairtch says:
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        @Tony, Yeah, Fenris-77 has got it right. $20 dollars sounds like a fair auction bid, but it sounds like he would go for more. Kyrie went for $50 but Kyrie was a top 50 player last year, and could break top 20 this year. I might bid as much as $25 for Beal in your keeper league if you really like him, 2012 aside, he could have a very bright future. But if you have the $$$ to spend, I might be inclined to use it all on a rookie like Anthony Davis, Lillard or Kidd-Gilchrist instead.

  3. Fenris-77 says:
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    Kyrie is more Anthony Davis than Beal IMO, but Beal is still worth investing in. I guess it depends on who your current keepers are and how your keeper salary works (does it rise every year, stay the same, ect). Beal looks pretty good, but if you already have good keepers then you’d probably be best served to invest elsewhere, since most rookies won’t be worth an inflated salary in their first year. Beal could struggle to crack the top 100 this year, so you’d have to have at least one pretty wide open keeper slot to roll the dice with him.

    If you do decide to draft him I don’t think I’d go more than $20 for him unless you have cash to burn. I’d rather pay less, but your league seems like a special case. Personally, I’d rather invest in Lillard, but he might go for quite a bit in your league.

  4. Moe says:
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    Hey guys
    Would you trade Bynum/wall for Westbrook/Bosh
    h2h 12 cat keeper
    Lbj/Dirk/Bynum/wall are my 4
    thinking westbrook is prime and bosh hopefully can give me a DD or close( dd’s count in this league)
    would LBJ/westbrook/Dirk/bosh be better?
    thx a lot
    wanted to ask uguys first.
    He also has Amare Stoudemire i could ask for instead of bosh but.. eee id unno about that! thx!

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
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      @Moe, I’d want the Bynum/Wall side here, as good as westbrook is I’d rather have Bynum over Bosh or Amar’e

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