Former Teammate Narrates His Experience Playing Alongside Wizards’ Bradley Beal and John Wall

Published 12/08/2020, 12:22 AM EST
TORONTO, ONTARIO – APRIL, 21: Washington Wizards guards John Wall (2) and Bradley Beal (3) leaves the court after their win over the Toronto Raptors in game two on April 21, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)


A decade long partnership of Bradley Beal and John Wall has come to an end. The Washington Wizards finally let go of John Wall in a trade to the Houston Rockets and got their superstar, Russell Westbrook, in return. John Wall and Beal have done wonders for the Wizards, but they had a limit. They led the franchise to the playoffs four times, but were almost always eliminated by the second round.

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DC loves Wall. Not just because of the player he is, but for everything he does for the community there. However, because of an Achilles injury, the point guard hasn’t played in an NBA game for almost two years. This is probably the biggest reason the Wizards traded the star. There is no guarantee about how much he will be able to contribute once he starts playing.

Also, it was high time the Wizards brought some changes to their roster, because clearly the one before wasn’t working very well in their favor. Even with Wall out, Beal established himself as one of the best players in the league, averaging a whopping 30.5 points, 6.1 assists, and 4.2 rebounds.

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However, there is no denying that the two functioned best together. The public always painted a negative image of their relationship, and even though they didn’t see eye to eye on many aspects, the two have consistently said that they share a great bond.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 20: Washington Wizards guards John Wall (2) and Bradley Beal (3) sit on the bench during player introductions prior to action against the LA Clippers at Capital One Arena. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Former teammate’s up-close analysis of the Wizards’ dynamic duo

The Atlanta Hawks drafted Kelly Oubre Jr. in 2015, eventually trading him off to the Wizards. While the outside world had very different views about the duo, Oubre knows the reality.

On ‘All the Smoke’, Matt Barnes asked him what he felt coming into the league and playing under their wing. “It was amazing, man!” Oubre said. “They’re really just like two dudes who like are going to get it. They’re just going to get it, no matter what.

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“No matter if the odds are stacked against them. No matter what the people are saying about them. I have watched those dudes shut up all the nice hater’s man. For real! They gave me the motivation to really want to do the same, throughout my whole career. They just shut up everybody that has doubted them.

“I think the energy from those two will always stick with me because I learned from two of the most solid individuals in the league. That was a blessing in disguise. I really just soaked up all the knowledge I can get from them.”

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Oubre is now starting off a new phase of his career with the Golden State Warriors, a team where he will be among many of the league’s bigs. So, everything he sponged off of Beal and Wall will be very beneficial for him. Wall, on the other hand, will focus on finding his place with the Houston Rockets, alongside James Harden.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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