Bradley Beal was born for this. He was built for it. Watch the Washington Wizards guard curl around a screen, rise up for a jumper and hit nothing but net. He looks nothing but natural, like nothing can faze him.

Beal is only 19 years old, but you wouldn't know it. There's nothing 19 about how he carries himself. On the floor he rarely forces anything -- he's smooth, smart, steady. In the half-court, you'll almost never see him take more than three dribbles. Listed at 6'3 and 207 pounds, he's sneaky with his speed, strength and athleticism. Explosive fastbreak dunks, reverse layups and rebounds in traffic shouldn't look so easy.

Washington is playing like a playoff team lately and Beal is playing like a polished professional. The Wizards have won three games in a row, seven of their last nine and 14 of their last 25. Beal's averaged 20.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his last six games, shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the three-point line. After the rookie scored 21 against Houston Saturday and grabbed an offensive board to seal the game, point guard John Wall referred to Beal, big man Nene and himself as the team's stars.