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Putting Bradley Beal’s historic season in context

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NBA: Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is the number of seasons in Wizards franchise history in which a player has averaged 20 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds per game, which is...

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Bradley Beal is on pace to join Chris Webber and Michael Jordan as only the third player in franchise history to average 20, 5, and 5 over the course of a full season. Not the third player, mind you, the third season. Webber and Jordan both only did it once in Washington. Seasons like this don’t come around often.

20-5-5 seasons are a little more common league-wide, but they’re still rare. This season, only eleven players are hitting those marks:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Stephen Curry
  • James Harden
  • LeBron James
  • Nikola Jokic
  • Kevin Durant
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Blake Griffin
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Luka Doncic
  • Bradley Beal

If you add in the criteria that they had to make at least 100 3-pointers it narrows the list down to just 44 seasons in all of NBA history. Five more, including Beal, are on track to join that list this season. The encouraging news for the players that make that group is most of them go on to earn All-NBA honors. 36 of the 44 seasons ended with the player earning All-NBA honors. Here are the other eight:

  • DeMarcus Cousins - 2017-18 (Only played 48 games due to injury)
  • Blake Griffin - 2017-18 (Only played 58 games due to injury)
  • James Harden - 2015-16
  • Stephen Jackson - 2008-09
  • Jamal Mashburn - 2000-01
  • Paul Pierce - 2003-04
  • Antoine Walker - 2000-01
  • Antoine Walker - 2001-02

Put another way, history suggests Beal has over an 80 percent chance of making All-NBA — and qualifying for a supermax extension — if he can maintain his averages for the rest of the season. But even if he doesn’t earn All-NBA honors this season, Beal is still putting up a historically rare season that deserves respect.