With the No. 3 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Washington Wizards selected Bradley Beal from Florida.
Beal is the top-rated shooting guard in the class, one of just a few slotted for the lottery and one of only a handful scheduled for the first round. He struggled as a shooter during the regular season for Florida, but came around during the tournament, putting together a fantastic run that showed why he was so heavily recruited. He has a more traditional two-guard body type than, say, Eric Gordon, but fits the same general mold -- an athletic slasher with a clean stroke and high, high potential for offensive damage. Two-guards tend to be brought on slowly in the NBA, as it takes time to figure out spots offensively and how to deal with faster, longer, smarter defenders. But he should be an impact player as a rookie.
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