Bradley Beal, the 26-year-old guard for the Washington Wizards, is on a tear over his last 17 games. That continued against the Golden State Warriors. When Beal scored 34 points, including five threes and 22 points in a single quarter. Over those 17 games, Beal is averaging 36.9 points per game on 49 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent shooting from three.
Unfortunately for Beal, the Wizards are on the losing end of most their games, which kept Beal out of the All-Star Game in one of the biggest snubs in recent memory. He’s averaging 30.4 points per game this season.
In their second matchup against one another, both LeBron James and Zion Williamson delivered on the big stage. James scored 34 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished 13 assists, shooting 67 percent in the game. At one point, Williamson threw down an impressive dunk over Kyle Kuzma, which led James to respond with a 30-foot three-pointer. As he normally does, James is in the MVP mix, and his league leading 13 triple-doubles add to his resume this season.
Williamson, who was the prohibited favorite to win Rookie of the Year before the season, is now back in the mix after an impressive start. He is averaging 24.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game on 59 percent shooting from the field. Against the Los Angeles Lakers, Williamson scored 35 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field.
The biggest flaw in Williamson’s game is his outside shooting and iso ball handling capabilities. When he attacks the rim, he is powerful and explosive, but often loses the ball while dribbling. His footwork, power and speed make up for it at times. Most of his points come from put back dunks or lobs at the rim from teammates.