Bradley Beal regards himself highly, even calling himself the best shooting guard in the NBA after the Houston Rockets’ James Harden.
However, Beal says he doesn’t get his due credit because “we’re not winning”, but that his statistics prove he is one of the best shooting guards in the NBA. Beal is averaging 19.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
In an interview with the Athletic, Beal expressed his ranking in the NBA:
“I feel like behind James (Harden), I’m the best shooting guard in the league. My numbers may show it, (but) we’re not winning. I think that hurts (an All-NBA case) in a lot of ways. But in terms of individual success, I feel like I’m right there. You know what’s crazy? (Making All-NBA) wasn’t really a goal until people started talking about it more,” Beal said. “I think once there was a little noise behind it, it kinda pushed me to just continue to be consistent, just continue to play at this level. It wasn’t me at the beginning of the year like, ‘Oh, I wanna make the (All-NBA).’ I never even thought about it, but once people started buzzing about it like, ‘Oh, you have a great chance of doing it,’ why not? So, I just continue to play hard and play aggressive. I have no idea. … I try not to (think about it). I’m not gonna be naïve to it. I know about it. But … I haven’t even gotten that far, because I need to figure out what we’re gonna do in this offseason, where we’re going, which direction we’re going.”
Beal is aiming for the final spot on the all NBA third-team where he will likely battle Klay Thompson and Kemba Walker for the position.
The former All-Star from the Wizards may have a case for the All-NBA team. He has scored the third most points in the NBA and has surpassed 2,000 points this season (2,026). As far as scoring goes, Beal has scored the second most points as a shooting guard, so his claim as being the second-best shooting guard is not beyond reach.
The best shooting guards in the NBA are arguably James Harden, Klay Thompson, and Jimmy Butler, and Beal is trying to make his way deep into that conversation.
If Beal does make an All-NBA team, he will be eligible for a max contract from the Wizards this summer.