Bradley Beal is in the midst of his best individual season, doing his best to hold things together in Washington while the Wizards have dealt with numerous injuries and roster changes.
Beal is averaging career highs in just about every statistical category this season, stepping into the lead role in place of the injured John Wall and managing to post his most productive and second most efficient scoring season of his career. It’s the second straight season Beal has been asked to be more of a playmaker in Wall’s absence, and this season, he looks plenty comfortable taking on that role.
Still, the Wizards are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in and, while Beal is still holding out hope for a late playoff push, he’s able to appreciate his personal growth and that of his teammates despite the turmoil and change the team has gone through this season.
Beal spoke with Dime this past Sunday prior to a meet-and-greet through Tissot to unveil their Chrono XL NBA Collector edition watch. The two-time All-Star discussed the tumultuous season in Washington, his new teammates, what he’s learned about playing a point guard role over the last two years in Wall’s absence, being a new father, and more.
How would you describe this season in Washington?
I would just say growth, growth in a lot of areas. Myself, individually, and us as a team. I feel like I’ve been on, heck, three or four different teams this year with all the moves we’ve made and guys being hurt. I think the biggest thing is learning how to fight through the adverse times and growing through it. I think it’s helped develop me into the player I’m becoming and hopefully pushing us towards getting to the playoffs. The biggest thing is just realizing how big of an opportunity we have, not taking the negatives and just running with them, but trying to turn them into positives and make the best of every situation.
With all that turnover and change, what are the habits you are looking to see developed in the team?
Obviously you want a winning culture, and that’s your approach to games, your approach to practices, film, everything. Doing all the little things the correct way and doing them in unison and carrying it onto the floor. Obviously it’s hard to win in this league, I’d be lying if I said it was easy. We all have a job to do and we’re all competing for the same thing, the trophy at the end of the year, and only one team gets it.