“I talked to Ray Allen during the summer,” Beal said. “He was in Milwaukee and Seattle and those years were rugged you know, they weren’t always great but he was one of the best players and he was always making sure those teams were in the playoffs or making some type of noise. “He was like, ‘Ultimately it’s your decision. The only person that can make Brad happy is Brad, and you have to what’s best for you,'” Beal said.
It wasn’t until Allen’s age-32 season with the Celtics where Allen finally won a championship. It’s not the career path many superstars are interested in nowadays, but Beal seems ready to make the most of the hand he’s been dealt in Washington. “It was kind of a no-brainer, just duke it out and make it work,” Beal said. “My leadership has to grow, it’s kind of growing every day, but I feel like I have a natural knack for it. “You can’t think about, ‘Is the grass greener on the other side? Are we not going to be as good here?’ You can’t necessarily think in those terms because you can always play ‘Devil’s Advocate’ on the other side, so for me, it’s just sticking to your guns.”
After 10 games, he has been on the receiving end of a league-best 10 charges thus far – including three against the Timberwolves. In fact, there was even a fourth called that was overturned and ruled a block. His current mark would be tied for 16th-best among all NBA teams, meaning he has personally earned more charges than approximately half of the squads around the league. Wagner, who does not play starter minutes for his team, is averaging 1.9 charges per 36 minutes for the Wizards. That is by far the best in a season from a player (minimum: 100 minutes) since NBA.com began tracking this particular hustle stat during the 2016-17 season.