Great shooters, like great hitters, are born rather than made. Reggie Miller. Larry Bird. Ray Allen. Jeff Hornacek. Glen Rice. Mitch Richmond. Dirk Nowitzki. Michael Jordan. Throw Dell Curry and Eddie Johnson in that group. They’re the best I’ve ever seen, in person, at filling it up from the outside.
Bradley Beal, who was plucked third by the Washington Wizards in the NBA draft on his 19th birthday Thursday night, has that kind of dialed-in potential. He’s got the classic, elbows-in, perfect follow-through — as pure and textbook as any Indiana schoolboy stroking jumpers next to a cornfield as Gene Hackman watches in envy.