By Dave Johnson
Before the Washington Wizards played the Pacers in Indiana on January 2, it was revealed that Bradley Beal was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December. In his pre-game chat head coach Randy Wittman offered his congratulations and challenged Beal to do it again.
Beal did do it again. Beal went on to win the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for January. A week into the New Year Beal delivered the dramatic game-winner in the Wizards 100-99 win over Oklahoma City on January 7. It was also the month that christened the backcourt partnership between Beal and John Wall.
There was a connection right from the beginning between Wall and Beal. Wall’s first assist of the season was on a pass that ended in a Beal dunk in the first quarter of the Wizards win over the Hawks on January 12.
Wall and Beal connect:
Below is an audio review of Bradley Beal’s rookie season with an analysis from Glenn Consor.
Review of Beal’s season:
Beal’s inclusion in the NBA All-Rookie first team is not a surprise. As noted in the audio report Beal might have threatened Portland’s Damion Lillard for NBA Rookie of the Year had it not been his challenge to stay healthy late in the season. Beal missed a total of 26 games and the final eight games of the season with a stress injury in his right leg.
Still we saw more than enough of Beal to be encouraged about the future.