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Wizards select Bradley Beal with No. 3 pick in the NBA draft

The Washington Wizards need an offensive pulse and they may have found it as they selected shooting guard Bradley Beal with the third overall pick in the NBA draft.

In his lone season at Florida, the 6-foot-3 Beal averaged 14.6 points per game and shot 33-percent from three-point range. He also grabbed a team-high 6.5 rebounds. A year earlier, ESPN ranked him as the nation’s No. 2 shooting guard in his high school class.

Beal, who turned 19 on Thursday, is the youngest player drafted by the Wizards since 2005, when the team selected 18-year-old Andray Blatche. This was the Wizards’ third straight top 10 pick.

The Wizards averaged just 93.6 points last season, which tied for 22nd in the league.

The Wizards will select again at the 32nd overall pick.

Last week, the Wizards acquired forwards Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza from New Orleans. The two of them, along with center Nene, should project to start alongside guards John Wall and Beal.

As expected, the New Orleans Hornets picked Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick.

The Charlotte Bobcats selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2, paving the way for Washington to take Beal.

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