Washington, DC - According to a RealGM.com, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal will be out at least the next two weeks due to a fibula injury. He was diagnosed with a stress related injury to the fibula and rest is the cure. This comes at a very bad time as the second-year shooting guard has been playing excellent basketball this season.
Beal is currently averaging 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game through 13 contests so far this season. Those numbers are exactly what the Wizards were expecting out of him coming into his second year, but he has shown an aggression to take over games that not many were expecting to see this early in his career.
The Wizards selected Bradley Beal with the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and were expecting him to be a star scorer to help out John Wall. So far this year, he has done just that, but this injury could be a tough setback for him. Washington is currently 6-8 and ranked eighth in the Eastern Conference. Losing their second leading scorer for two weeks at least could be a major hit to them.
Concern is mounting in the Wizards’ organization about the durability of Beal’s legs. He missed the last eight games of the season last year due to a stress injury to his distal right fibula. Having the same type of injury in back-to-back seasons certainly isn’t a good sign, but there aren’t too many reasons to raise concern just yet. At just 20 years old, he has plenty of time to work on his body and move past these issues. Hopefully with a couple weeks of rest, Beal will be able to return at full health and help the Wizards make a run at a play position this year.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.