He's the last man standing. He's king of the hill. He's... pretty much the only one left.
Beal poured in an impressive 46 points Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets. He made 16 of his 25 shots from the floor, went 40 percent from behind the arc, 10/10 from the free throw line, and added seven assists and six rebounds for good measure.
So what happened?
Yes, it is no surprise to followers of basketball that the woebegone Washington Wizards are going nowhere fast.
And, yet, the franchise looks certain to stay the course. Certain to retain the last remaining valuable asset, the 25-year-old Beal, who was just named to his second All-Star team.
The same goes for Leonsis. He said the the Wizards won't trade Beal and will not tank to rebuild.
"Granted, what we’re gonna do in the offseason and after this, that’s up to Ernie and Ted to figure out," Beal said. "But I know that my job is just to continue to lead, recruit if I can and try to make it work. And we know that John won’t be here, so it’s pretty much in my hands to lead the team.”
And so the Wizards appear destined to continue with Beal and a similar cast of characters next season. Destined to be a middling team in the NBA's lesser of two conferences. Destined for more of the same.
Fifty-nine games down, (mercifully) 23 games remaining in the Wizards' 2018-19 season.