Some Wizards fans have been openly fretting about the rocky start to Bradley Beal's career. As one fan put it, Beal was purported to be a neuvo-Ray Allen with maybe a little Dwyane Wade mixed in. So far, Beal has missed a bunch of shots and has generally looked like a kid not quite ready to compete against grown men.
Here's a comparison of Beal's first 7 games with Ray Allen's (stats are per 36 minutes):
|1st 7 Games||Beal||Allen|
This comparison suggests remarkably similar players -- the only significant differences are caused by the same thing: Beal's low two-point field goal percentage. His poor conversion rate on two-point attempts has hampered his per-minute scoring and is the cause of his low effective field goal percentage.
But, here's how small the sample size is: the difference in two-point shooting amounts to one made two-point field goal per game.
In other words: it's still too early to worry about Beal. With the exception of two-point shooting, his first seven games have been about the same as Allen -- a player who entered the league two years older and with three years of major college basketball experience.