Beal finishes third in Rookie of the Year voting

Beal finishes third in Rookie of the Year voting
May 1, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Bradley Beal’s rookie season ended on a down note because of a left ankle sprain and a stress injury to his right fibula, the smaller of the two bones in the lower leg.

Wednesday, he was recognized among the NBA's top rookies even though he didn't win. Beal finished in third place in Rookie of the Year voting, behind winner Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) and Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans).

Lillard was the unanimous choice as he received all 121 first-place votes from sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada. Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers) was the last unanimous selection in 2011.

Beal finished with 94 points. He received 14 second-place votes and 52 for third. Beal missed 26 games, including for a sprained right wrist, in averaging 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists 41% field goal shooting and 38.6% from three-point range.

Lillard, selected sixth in the NBA draft, ended with 19 points and 6.5 assists per game.

Beal started the season slow without John Wall, who missed the first 33 games of the season because of a stress injury to his left knee.  His season high was 29 points on March 1 in a loss to the New York Knicks. 

"I didn't start out the way I wanted too, but I eventually turned it around," said the No. 3 draft pick. "My teammates did a great job of supporting me, having my back, giving me the encouragement and confidence that I needed. I most definitely have a lot of work to do, but I'm definitely proud of what I did this year."

Beal's growth impressed shooting guard Garrett Temple, who was signed as a free agent in late December. 

"He's really developed. By the time I got here he was really past that hump," Temple said. "I felt like he playing like the Rookie of the Year for the time I was here when he was healthy. Obviously he caught the injury bug later which unfortunate, but he's going have a chance to get healthy this summer. He's a knockdown shooter. He's going to work on his pick-and-roil game because we would love him to be aggressive in pick-and rolls, get John off the ball, but he's a guy who can be a dynamic scorer in this league. Defensively he's very underrated. ... He really understands the game a lot more than a usual 19-year-old would."