With John Wall likely to miss the upcoming season, it will be up to Bradley Beal to lead the Wizards to the peak of their potential. No matter what their "peak" might look like, they can only go as far as Beal takes them.
Wizards' coach Scott Brooks already seems bought-in to his only remaining star and his abilities as the team prepares for a new season. In his eyes, there is a case for Beal to be considered the best shooting guard in the league.
That narrative might be pre-mature, but it does not stem from nothing. Last season, he carried a damaged Washington Wizards roster with an inspiring performance, making his 2nd straight All-Star appearance. He finished the year with averages of 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.5 steals on a 48% shooting clip. That alone was enough to earn Beal a lucrative two-year deal with the Wizards worth $72 million.
He is expected to carry the franchise in a similar way this season.
Comparatively, Bradley Beal just doesn't match up to James Harden or even Klay Thompson to some. But to Washington, he's (at worst) in the same stratosphere as the rest. And for a team like the Wizards, whose only light of hope comes from Bradley Beal, would you expect them to say otherwise?