Beal’s ability to play off ball adds an interesting wrinkle to the Wizards’ offense overall. Wall is a one-man team by himself — he’s one of the league leaders in transition opportunities, and he’s a volume scorer in the pick-and-roll — so pairing him with someone who can curl off a screen makes it harder for defenses to load up on him. It means he doesn’t always have to be in attack mode for the Wizards’ offense to succeed.
Wall can even be used as a decoy, fooling the defense into thinking he’s going to run a pick-and-roll himself before Beal darts around a screen for a 3-pointer.
Keeping up with Beal off ball is obviously difficult. It takes discipline, strength and speed to be able to fight through screens and take away easy looks while still being in position to contain dribble penetration. The Hawks have a couple of wing defenders who have the tools to do so in Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha, but it’ll take a team effort to stick with him.
Top prospect Lonzo Ball has told the NBA that he intends to skip the Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men Draft Combine and other top prospects are expected to join ship, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Players are under no obligation to appear at the NBA Combine, which begins May 9 and ends on May 14. Many top players over the years have decided to skip the combine so it’s no surprise Ball and others are expected to do the same.
Ball averaged 14.7 points and an NCAA-best 7.6 assists in Cheap Bruins Jerseys his freshman season with the UCLA Bruins.