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Yay! ESPN think Beal's good and stuff!

Bradford Doolittle (coolest analyics-guy name ever BTW), is ranking NBA players by position based on WARP, and he put Beal at #5 behind (in order) Wade, Harden, Ginobili, and Bryant. Louis Williams, JR Smith, Danny Green, Monta Ellis, and Kevin Martin round out his top 10. Obviously WARP isn't perfect, but it's nice for a Wizard to get a little love. Here's what he says: "I love it when the youngbloods crack these lists, and ATH loves Beal. I'm not thrilled the system is forecasting Beal to knock down 43 percent of his 3s, even though that's a strength in his game. That category is the most variable on a player's stat line, and I distrust such bold predictions. However consider this: The only teenager to ever shoot a higher percentage from deep with an above-average usage rate was Kyrie Irving. Beal is off to a great start." As an aside, he didn't have Wall in the top 10 PG ratings (he was in the next group outside the top 10), but he admitted that the PG pool is much deeper. So, do you guys think Beal can actually be top 5 SG this year?

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