Nets: Why a Bradley Beal Would and Wouldn’t Make Sense

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
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Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) /

The Pros of a Bradley Beal Trade

Imagine a starting lineup that included Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Bradley Beal, the Nets would be instant contenders in the East.

Hearing those pregame introductions would surely pack the seats, so from a complete business perspective, it makes sense to target the likes of Beal. With a newly acquired star and a healthy Durant joining the lineup for the first time, jersey and ticket sales will inevitably increase.

Beal is an offensive stalwart who, in theory, should help the Nets who currently rank 19th and 23rd in points per game and offensive rating, respectively. Though the Nets rank in the top 10 in three-pointers attempted and made per game, they rank 26th in three-point percentage (34%). Beal’s a career 38 percent from behind the arc would be welcomed with open arms in Brooklyn.

The oft-injured Irving has only managed to play in at least 70 games just three times in his nine-year career, so Nets fans shouldn’t hold their breath on the idea of him staying healthy after he returns next season.  We have seen that Spencer Dinwiddie can run the offense for moments at a time and can score in bunches, but he lacks a reliable three-point shot and isn’t a great passer or playmaker.

That’s where Beal comes in. Beal has shown the ability to run an offense and has the playmaking ability to keep his teammates engaged and involved on offense. Since the start of the 2017 season, he has averaged 5.2 assists per game, and his 6.1 assists per game this season would’ve have been good for third on the Brooklyn Nets, just a hair behind Dinwiddie (6.8) and Irving (6.1).