And because Wall and Beal both play guard, Brooks can make grand proclamations about them that aren’t as easily applied to a point guard-small forward combination.
Brooks on Wall and Beal, via Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports:
I think they could be the top two-way backcourt in basketball. They both defend. They both can obviously score, and Bradley is one of the purest shooters I’ve seen in this league. And they can also help their teammates score. They’re very dynamic in their play. But I think the good thing about it: one’s 25, and one just turned 23. So, their best basketball is ahead of them.
Could be? Wall might not like that assessment.
But it’s reasonable.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are, bar none, the NBA’s best backcourt. They also play enough defense where the “two-way” descriptor doesn’t twist the argument. Curry and Thompson are just flat better.
Wall and Beal also fall behind Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum (though the Trail Blazers’ defense isn’t up to snuff).
Brooks’ best point is Wall and Beal are younger than every backcourt ahead of them. Does that mean they’re destined to ascend to the top spot? Of course not. But it gives them a fighting chance.