What's the deal with Beal?
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal is dividing fantasy owners.

Those in non-percentage leagues haven't had a problem with his production this season. He's averaging 15.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.8 threes per game.

But he's been quite a headache in leagues that count percentages.

Beal has made just 23-of-70 from the field (.329) and 6-of-12 (.500) from the free-throw line this season.

The 20-year-old started off his rookie season the same way, and his slump lasted a loooong time.

Beal made 35.3 percent from the field from the start of the season through Dec. 29 last season before turning it around.

However, there are signs that his current frigid stretch won't last quite as long.

He has actually shot very well from long distance, making 11-of-28 (.393) from beyond the arc.

During the first two months last season, Beal shot a miserable 26.9 percent on 4.2 attempts per game from that distance.

He also shot 51 percent from the field and scored 20.7 ppg during the preseason.

Fortunately, Beal subscribes to the "shoot-your-way-out" strategy.

"Preseason, I was hitting everything and now, it's the total opposite," he said after shooting 4-of-18 in the second game of the season. "I mean, it is what it is. I just got to stay with it and keep shooting."

Beal followed that game by attempting 34 shots, and 17 threes, over the next two.

His biggest issue this season has been connecting on two-point shots outside the paint.

He's made just three of his 25 shots of that type this season, according to stats.NBA.com. Last year, he made 36.6 percent.

Look for Beal to figure things out and rediscover his stroke long before this month is through.

When that happens, fantasy owners will unite over his value.




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