Seeing as Bradley Beal won Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors in December and then played better - at times much better - in January, there should be no surprise he would win the award the following month. For the record, Beal did, the NBA announced on Friday.
Beal paced all rookies in 3-point shooting (50.8 percent) and ranked fourth among all NBA players. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 Draft also all Eastern Conference first-year players in scoring (15.1 ppg) and three-pointers made (32).
Five times in January Beal scored at least 20 points, including a career-high 26 at Sacramento on Jan. 26, sinking a rookie franchise-record six 3-pointers. He played the role of hero with a game-winning field goal with 0.3 seconds left in a stunning victory over Oklahoma City on Jan. 7.
Those scoring and accuracy statistics looked more impressive before the Florida product sprained his right wrist during the Wizards' recent five-game road swing. The 6-3 guard sat out the last two games, including Friday's contest at Memphis.
Beal is only the second player in franchise history to win this award more than once (John Wall 2009-10, January, February, March, April). In 41 games - including 39 starts - he is averaging 13.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 31.0 minutes per game.
Beal is the first rookie since Stephen Curry in 2010 to shoot at least .500 from three-point range (min. 50 attempts) in a calendar month. and finished the month ranked fourth among all players in three-point field percentage while leading his team in scoring at 15.1 ppg.