Over the next couple of days, the Wizards will stun absolutely nobody when they formally announce picking up the third-year option on Bradley Beal's contract. Not that preseason action had any bearing on such financial matters, but who wouldn't want to fork over more coin after the stupendous seven-game Beal just delivered? Building upon his impressive rookie campaign, the second-year guard averaged 20.7 points. For some league-wide context, that equaled Derrick Rose. Only Kevin Durant (22.3) averaged more. Yes, that's some All-Star caliber company for the 20-year-old, whose efficiency is beyond his years. Beal shot 51.9 percent from the field, 47.2 (17 of 36) from beyond the 3-point arc and 80 percent on his free throw attempts. "That was big, really great for him to get that type of confidence," John Wall said of Beal's preseason. Even the humble Beal couldn't deny he rocked. "I think I did pretty well," he said on Friday. "I can still do better, a lot better on both ends of the floor, but I definitely can't complain. I shot the ball well, created off the dribble well for myself and teammates. Hopefully, I can continue that throughout the season." If he does, Beal should be joining Durant and Rose in New Orleans for the 2014 All Star game.
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