DCZards wrote:But, imo, Beal has meant much more to the DC franchise—both on and off the court. If he remains a Wizard, I fully expect BB's number to someday hang in the rafters at the Cap One Arena.
Jerseys though: How many Bradley Beal jerseys do you see in the stands in opponent stadiums?
How many at home games?
I like Beal, he is a good guy and great teammate and a low profile star. Arenas at his peak was an event. He was one of the rare DC players who had fans in every stadium around the league. Peak Arenas was a superstar. His play was riveting. He was worth a great deal to the franchise because he literally was worth more. He sold tickets, merchandise, advertising, national broadcast games. He redeemed the team at a time when we had bad fan karma for how the MJ situation played out. Beal has been a near all star, a near all NBA player, even when his numbers suggest otherwise. He can be damned good and coveted by every team in the league and still overlooked. Yes he hasn't had the teammates Gil had. Still, how often do you look up and realize oh hey Beal has 30. He can score the quietest 30 you've ever seen. If it was Gil you knew it. He would get in duels, he would light up opponents, he would pick rivals and attack them. What notable duels has Bradley had. He is most noted not for walkaway three pointers, but for his "c'mon man" stance when a fan dissed him.
Given a chance to build a team, I'd pick Brad. He has shown progress and skill and character and reliability and all the positive qualities.
But if I had to pick a player to win one game against all odds, against a team everyone said we couldn't beat, I'd pick peak Gil, no question.
Honestly I wish all three would have their jerseys hung in DC.