Wizards media day brought bold claims from third-year guard Bradley Beal, ones that Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson might not appreciate.
“I think we’re definitely the best back court in the league,” Beal said on Monday. “Just in terms of what we’re capable of doing, the confidence that we have in that. At the same time we got to prove it.”
There are plenty worthy of consideration, to be sure, and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters fired back on Tuesday.
"That's nonsense," Waiters said of Beal's claim. "He's supposed to say that, but I think me and Ky(rie Irving) are the best backcourt, young backcourt."
Last season, the Warriors' "Splash Brothers" backcourt combined to averaged 42.4 points, 10.7 assists, 7.4 rebounds, 2.5 steals and totaled 484 three-pointers.
For the Cavs, Irving and Waiters combined to average 36.7 points, 9.1 assists, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 steals and totaled 215 three-pointers.
For the Wizards, John Wall and Beal combined to average 36.4 points, 12.1 assists, 7.8 rebounds, 2.8 steals and totaled 246 three-pointers.
The Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul and J.J. Redick combined to average 34.3 points, 12.9 assists, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 steals and totaled 263 three-pointers.
The Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams and Joe Johnson combined to average 30.1 points, 8.8 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 steals and totaled 260 three-pointers.