Former Wizard Antonio Daniels calls Bradley Beal 'unguardable'

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Antonio Daniels calls Bradley Beal 'unguardable' originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Over the last two years, NBA defenses have been faced with a nearly unsolvable puzzle every time they go up against the Wizards; stopping Bradley Beal.

Some have had success, while others have fallen victim to a straight-up bucket barrage by the three-time All-Star. And if you're able to hold Beal to 20 points or fewer, there's very little chance you're able to do it next time out.

There's a reason he's been a 30-point-per-game scorer for two consecutive years. That kind of production doesn't just happen with more shot opportunities. At this point in his career, there aren't many areas or methods Beal can't utilize to get a bucket, and that's the reason why former Wizards guard Antonio Daniels thinks he's unguardable. 

"No weakness, he's unguardable," Daniels told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller. "This league is more skilled than it's ever been. We are seeing guys do things that we have never seen done in NBA basketball. Bradley Beal is a combination of skill, athleticism, with a handle and he's a sharpshooter. So in a league where there's no contact and no contesting, there's no chance.

"There's certain guys in this league you tell yourself, 'How do you guard these guys?'" he said. "You talk about Steph Curry, you talk about [Kevin] Durant, Damian Lillard, Bradley freaking Beal, like golly. These dudes are so incredibly gifted and blessed."

Beal didn't come into the league a certified bucket, either. His talent coming out of Florida was undeniable, but he had a long way to go before becoming one of the best scorers in the league. 

"There was a while where it was like, 'Bradley Beal is a knockdown shooter, period,' and then it became, 'Bradley Beal's a knockdown shooter, but he can take one or two dribbles and get his shot off,'" Daniels said. "Now it's, 'Bradley Beal was a knockdown shooter, he can take one or two dribbles, he can get to that foul line, he will dunk on your head, he has a really nice in-between game, he does a really good job at finishing at the rim.

"When you encompass all that in a player, where is the weakness?" he said. "Where does the weakness lie?"

Beal has ascended to another level as a scorer in each of the past three seasons. No matter the situation, he's always answered the call and given the Wizards what they needed on the offensive end. 

At 27 years old, he's still only entering his prime as a basketball player. If there's another level to his game, the Wizards may find themselves with a Hall of Fame level scorer on their hands, if he isn't there already.