Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal hasn’t lived up to the expectations that come with a five-year, $130 million contract so far this season, but on Monday night against the Phoenix Suns, Beal showed why he was compensated so greatly by Washington this past offseason.
Beal exploded for a career-high 42 points (including five three-pointers), in a 106-101 win over the Suns, which succeeds the strong 34-point, 5-rebound, 4-assist performance he had in a 111-114 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday.
If Beal can continue to build on these strong performances, Washington’s fortunes this season may change. The Wizards currently sit at 4-9, and boast one of the lowliest benches in the league. Having Beal take his game up another notch would bode well for a playoff-hungry Wiz team that missed the postseason last year.
Staying consistent and healthy should be the primary focuses of Bradley Beal. It’s indisputable that the talent is there, it’s the other factors that have prevented Beal from coalescing those gifts into sustained success.