Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bios And Breakdowns: Bradley Beal

The Basics:
Bradley Beal
Shooting Guard, University of Florida (1 year)
Official Measurements at the NBA Combine in Chicago
Height (in shoes): 6'4.75"
Weight: 202 lbs
Wingspan: 6'8"

Bradley Beal - birthday boy! Beal will turn 19 on draft day, which begs the question... What were you doing when you turned 19? Personally, I was just happy that a 63 hour streak of below 0 degrees Farenheit ended just hours before my 19th. Moral of the story - don't go to college in Minnesota - go somewhere warm, like the University of Florida.

Beal went to Florida for a year. Smart guy. As a true freshman, Brad started every contest and averaged 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. He used his 6'8 wingspan and 39" vertical to grab all those boards, and has GMs salivating over his 6'5" stature (in shoes), shooting stroke, and pure athletic ability. Scouts are apparently saying things like "He's a great kid, almost presidential," so I'm not quite sure why his Twitter handle is so pedestrian - @RealDealBeal23 - Personally I'd recommend a change to @BealIsASteal23 for draft day. On the flip side, at least he tweeted that his draft day suit will be #fresh. We'll see Brad, we'll see.

Brad Beal has all the physical tools to succeed as a shooting guard in the NBA, and as such is the consensus best 2 on the board. After the Hornets pick Anthony Davis at #1, it's possible that Beal could be the next player off the board at #2 to the Bobcats, #3 to the Wizards, and it's extremely unlikely that Beal will drop past the Cavs at #4. For some reason, the AP captioned the below photo "Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal try to convince the Charlotte Bobcats that they are worthy of the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  

More like... MKG said "Yo Jordan, don't take me, take Brad Beal! He's a much better shooter than me, and you already have stiffs on offense like Gerald Henderson and Bismack Biyombo! I don't want to play for the Bobcats, can I go play with John Wall or Kyrie Irving instead? C'mon MJ, dude wore 23 in college! He's your guy!"

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