Brad Beal scored 21 in his first game back after missing a few weeks, including two on the game-winning layup above. Martell Webster added 30(!). Wiz now have the East’s 6th-best record (10-13). [Bullets Forever]
Ovi named First Star of the Week for general badassery. [RMNB]
Homemade Kirk Cousins jerseys spotted at the Atlanta game. [Bog]
This is why Dan Steinberg is one of our local treasures. [Bog]
Darrell Green would like to work in personnel for the Redskins. [Bog]
NFC East is only NFL division w/out a 12-win team since ’08. [FTW]
The Nats still have at least three roster holes to fill. [Nats Baseball]
O’s sign failed Nats 1st-round 1B Chris Marrero to minor deal. [Nats Insider]
Roddy Peters named ACC Frosh of the Week. Take that, Jabari. [TT]
This is good fun: the best D.C. sports quotes of 2013. [Bog]
His minutes are up so of course his counting stats are up, but check out that field-goal percentage. It’s encouraging, and it hints at Beal’s lofty draft rep as a shooter. I’m interested to see how it progresses now that John Wall’s back and presumably kicking out to him for open perimeter looks.
The bad news is that advanced stats aren’t kind to Beal so far. John Hollinger’s player efficiency ratings have him as the 14th-best rookie, which is not very good. And he’s fifth on the Wiz in win shares, which is really not very good.
Anecdotally, though, I like what I’m seeing. I was at the Nets double-OT game, and Beal had a thunder dunk in traffic, hit a game-tying, buzzer-beating three and sank two clutch free throws. He also hit a contested dagger last week, which had to provide belt-loosening relief to one Steve Buckhantz.
I don’t know, the kid’s 19 years old and 31 games into his career, 30 of which were played without Wall on a horrible team. But things are looking up.