After making his first NBA All-Star team in the 2017-18 season, Bradley Beal was hungry for more in his seventh season. He wanted to be an All-Star caliber player for the second straight year to demonstrate consistency and improvement. Beal didn’t want to be a one-hit wonder; he was out to prove that he belonged in the conversation as one of the best players in the league.
Last season, Beal was asked to play a bigger role when John Wall missed 41 games. It wasn’t easy, as he had to change the way he played and become much more of a decision-maker. Still, he embraced the challenge, and helped keep his team in position to make the playoffs. Wall came back at the end of the 2017-18 season, but the Wizards lost to the Raptors in six games in the first round of the postseason.
When Wall went down again in late December this season, the franchise was put on Beal’s shoulders once again. The result put extra pressure on him for a second straight season to carry the load and try to lead the Wizards to success. This time, however, he knew what to expect.