During the month of December Bradley Beal averaged 13.4 points and dished out 41 assists. Now for some context: Those numbers led all Eastern Conference rookies. No wonder the NBA named Beal the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month on Wednesday.
Six times the wing guard scored at least 15 points, including a 20-point outing at Houston on Dec. 12. Beal flashed his all-around game on Dec. 11 in the Wizards lone road victory this season with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists at New Orleans. In December he also averaged 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals.
Portland's Damiam Lillard was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month after averaging 18.4 ppg and 6.3 assists.
Beyond the stats, Beal became more aggressive offensively throughout the month after shying away from open looks at times during his first few weeks in the league. Despite the constant losing, the performance roller coaster ride that comes with being a rookie (35.7 percent shooter overall) and being only 19 years old, he's maintained a solid level of professional cool throughout the season. If we didn't have Robert Griffin III in our local world, Beal's heightened maturity would stand out even more.
Alas, he's on the Wizards and it's hard for anyone to notice much beyond 4-26. Well, other than those in the NBA that select Rookies of the Month.