The expectation for Bradley Beal, who has focused on building up his body this summer after signing a max contract with the Wizards, is that he'll perform at an All-Star level for the first time.
He'll not only have to stay on the court more, but he'll also need to be more assertive. Beal averaged 14.5 shots per game in a 41-41 season last year when he appeared a career-low 55 times and made a career-low 35 starts because of minutes restrictions.
"That’s something I’ve been planning on doing. It’s just me just getting out of my shell," Beal said when asked if he could average 20 shots per game being the Wizards' best shooter. "Just getting out of this boy stage a little bit. This young mindset of mine. It’ll come out eventually. I have a monster I need to unleash."
John Wall may not be 100 percent when the season starts as he eases his way back from surgeries to both knees May 5. It'll incumbent on Beal to average 20-plus points per game going into his fifth season and will be a major step towards proving he's worth $128 million.
A career 40 percent shooter from three-point range, Beal has never averaged more than 17.4 points nor made it through a season without a stress reaction in his lower right leg.
Training camp opens on the campus of VCU on Tuesday morning.
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