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NBA Barometer: The Real Beal

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown is the VP of Advertising Sales and Basketball Editor for Rotowire.com. He's a two-time FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year. He also covers the Pistons and Tigers for the site.

The Real Beal

A strong finish to his rookie season led many pundits to label Beal as a breakout candidate in 2013-14. Not really a tough call given his draft pedigree and post All-Star break numbers of 16.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 treys. Beal was fully expected to assume the role of sidekick to John Wall and provide the Wizards with one of the most promising young backcourts in the league.

Not only is Beal already starting to fulfill that promise, but he's also starting to make his case at being considered much more than a sidekick. In fact, Beal is making the case as the lead dog for the Wizards.

Pouring in 21.2 points per game, Beal has been the Wizards' leading scorer through the first 11 games by a wide margin, besting the second-highest scorer (Nene) by over five points. And Beal has been even better of late. Through the past seven games, Beal is averaging 24.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 3.1 threes and 1.0 steal in 41 minutes

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