“It was just me and Russ before,” Beal said via phone to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. “Now we have so many guys who can be versatile with the game. I can play off ball, and take more challenges on the defensive end. We have probably the best depth we’ve had in a long time, maybe since 2017. To be able to look at the roster on paper, and see we’re three-deep at every position, is pretty good.”
What Beal seems particularly impressed with is that GM Tommy Sheppard was able to improve this roster without having to give up anything significant, other than, of course, Westbrook.
“Shep played the hand he was dealt,” Beal said. “He had to clean up some things to shape it the way he wanted to and I’m definitely impressed with it. The way he made moves, he was able to save us without giving up crazy picks or assets to go get what we wanted.”
“We’ve seen teams that have been able to develop their young guys, like Phoenix, to prepare them for the playoffs,” Beal said. “I think we can do that. I have trust in our player development staff and in our young guys. We have gym rats, guys who you have to draw back but not kick in the ass. That’s what we have and that’s a good thing.”
Washington D.C. is the nation’s capital, but somehow, gets labeled as a small market. Beal doesn’t see D.C. as that, however.
“We’re just missing the wins,” Beal said. “D.C. just needs to be talked about again.”