By Michael De Leon, Project Spurs.com
San Antonio Spurs fans may not have even turned on the NBA Draft on their television sets when Washington Wizards rookie Bradley Beal was drafted out of Florida with the third pick this summer, especially considering where the Spurs drafted.
But Spurs fans and the Spurs themselves got a chance to get a look at Beal when the Wizards visited the Spurs on Friday for their final preseason game.
Beal is a 19-year-old rookie shooting guard who is part of almost a completely new team looking to re-establish their image, and while he may not have the pressure on him that Hornets rookie Anthony Davis does, Beal is expected to play a big role with the Wizards this season along with John Wall and several new veteran players.
Beal looked every bit his age on Friday as he launched jumper after jumper that clanged off the rim when they weren’t hitting the top of the backboard on his way to a goose egg in points on the stat sheet.
Danny Green deserves a lot of the credit for hounding the rookie and forcing him to take bad shots on a frustrating night. Beal had been averaging nearly 13 points per game in the preseason, but Friday’s game just goes to show that the NBA isn’t always an automatic transition.
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