The 5 Players Under the Most Pressure this NBA Season

By Isaac Harris
February 9, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) shoots the basketball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 123-110. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
February 9, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) shoots the basketball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 123-110. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 8, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) sits on the bench and looks down during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons win 112-99. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) sits on the bench and looks down during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons win 112-99. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

Bradley Beal

In four years, Beal has missed at total of 81 games while missing 28 games last season. This summer, he signed a max deal worth $127 million over five years.

After being labeled to some as the second best back court in the league behind Golden State, the pressure was already on for Beal to reach the level of John Wall and become an All-Star in the league. Now, loaded with a max contract after coming off an injury plagued season, the pressure only grows.

Two years ago, Washington was one of the best young teams in the Eastern Conference. Last year, they went backwards after finishing the season with a 41-41 record and missing the playoffs. With Washington not landing any top-tier free agent, Beal will be counted on to be the second star beside John Wall.

Can he stay healthy enough to become that? Can he live up to the contract? The pressure is on for Bradley Beal and Washington.

Next: The Maxed Out Role Player

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