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Bradley Beal Already 'A Coach's Dream' With Wizards

Bradley Beal listens to coaches. This is going to make him a rare gem in the NBA.
Bradley Beal listens to coaches. This is going to make him a rare gem in the NBA.

Let's check in on how well Bradley Beal is fitting in with the Washington Wizards' Summer League squad, shall we?

LAS VEGAS -- There's been a single phrase Washington Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell has used to describe the team's first-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft over the past three days. No matter what has been asked about Bradley Beal after the first three Wizards summer league games, Cassell ends his monologue like this.

"Bradley Beal," Cassell said after the Wizards' second game, "is the least of my worries right now."

That sure sounds good!

Beal's definitely the leader of that Wizards squad, even if his play has yet to really adjust to the NBA's speed as of yet. He's shooting just 41 percent from the floor, and 25 percent from three, but still averaging 18.7 points per game thanks in part to the 13 shots per game he's hoisted.

But we know that Beal comes through when he is okay with being the best player on his team — as he was late in Florida's 2011-12 season, when he stopped worrying about stepping on upperclassman toes — and we know he can lead. It's going to be fun watching the Wizards and the NBA figure that out, too, and I'm really happy that we're going to be able to read Mike Prada writing about it for Bullets Forever, SB Nation DC, and SB Nation — his piece on Beal from Summer League is just great, and explains in detail how Beal's versatility and unselfishness set him apart, even at this early stage.