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Brad Beal: 2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report

May 28, 2012

Bradley Beal

6-5 shooting guard
6-8 wingspan
195 pounds

NBA Projections as of May 28, 2012 – 6th overall – 5th overall
ESPN’s Chad Ford – 3rd overall Prediction as of May 28, 2012

Brad Beal will have a long NBA Career as a second option for majority of his career. He will have a career statistically similar to Jason Richardson by averaging around 18 to 22 points a game for most of his NBA seasons.  The reason why I view him as a second option, not a first option is because he is really not the type of player that you build an offense around.  Nonetheless, he almost pretty much does everything you want in your two-guard in the NBA.  Here are his positives:

  • Very good shooter
  • Exceptional rebounding guard, which gives his team a flexibility to go small with him as a small forward
  • High basketball IQ including staying within a system
  • Athletic that projects to the very least a decent defender
  • Can generate some offense through the pick and roll

Area of improvement

  • Outside of the pick and roll, he doesn’t really create shots for himself or for teammates

Here is a short summary on why I made this prediction.  See Scouting Criteria page for my definitions and examples of each category.

Aggressiveness – Moderate
Ability to Create Shots – Moderately High
Performance Against Top Players and Teams – Moderate
Mental Make-up – Moderate

Ability to Create Shots

Score: Moderately High

Brad Beal scores moderately high in this area.   Beal almost has everything in this area except for two things.  First, he does not possess the ball-handling dribble drive skill.  Instead, he possess the aggression dribble drive skill, which is still a very good skill.  He also excels at using the pick and roll.  However, the second thing that he doesn’t have is the ability to create shots for teammates.  He attacks and gets to the line but does not really use the drive and kick.


Score: Moderate

The table below shows per 30 minutes stats of what I view as the top four shooting guards in this draft.  Among the four, Beal and Lamb are the least aggressive.  What this table show is that Beal isn’t really going to be a center of an offense.  Florida had Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker dominate the ball as a possible excuse on why he didn’t get a bigger share of the offense as a freshman.  However, it certainly did not stop Dion Waiters on a guard loaded Syracuse team with more senior players around him.  It also certainly did not hold back Austin Rivers with Seth Curry around.  Additionally, in the NBA, he will be around other aggressive players that will take shots away from him if he doesn’t show more initiative.

Player Avg FGA Avg FTA AST TO
Dion Waiters 12.0 4.0 3.1 1.6
Brad Beal 9.3 4.1 1.9 1.8
Jeremy Lamb 10.8 2.9 1.4 1.6
Austin Rivers 10.7 4.9 1.9 2.1

Performance against ranked opponents

Score: Moderate

Of the 37 college games Beal played, 10 games were against ranked opponents. From the table below, we can see the Beal pretty much roughly played at the same level.

Games Points FGA FG%
Season 37 13.0 9.3 44.5%
Ranked Teams 10 12.9 10.0 43.1%
Season 4.1 1.9 1.8
Ranked Teams 2.5 2.6 1.7

Mental Make-up

Score: Moderate

On this area, I give Beal a moderate score leaning to the positive side because he doesn’t appear to be a troublemaker or a difficult teammate. I can’t give a high score because I haven’t read about any situation that he went through some tough times and how he responded to it.


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