Wizards news: Bradley Beal reveals the big change that took his game to the next level
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Wizards star Bradley Beal reveals the big change that took his game to the next level

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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal was enjoying the best season of his NBA career up until the campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Through 57 games, the Wizards star was averaging 30.5 points, 6.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals over 36.0 minutes per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor, 35.3 percent from 3-point range and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line.

What has caused Beal’s breakout? The 26-year-old explained it to Fred Katz of The Athletic this week:

“I feel like something else clicked for me,” Beal said. “I honestly changed my way of thinking in the game. Playing the game, I was honestly just more aggressive. I just had the mindset that I’m the best player on the floor, and I’m gonna go showcase that.”

The Wizards were invited to Disney World for the reopening of the 2019-20 campaign, so Beal will actually have the opportunity to increase his numbers.

But can he possibly maintain this level of production? The University of Florida product thinks so:

“I think it’s sustainable,” he said. “I think it’s just, I changed (my) way of playing the game, because it’s not so much me running around all over the floor anymore. It’s getting straight to the point, getting right to the money. Another thing for me was getting to the free-throw line. And I feel like that opens my game up so much more.”

Of course, once John Wall returns to the Wizards from his injury next year, it’s only natural to assume that Beal’s stats will dip. But as of right now, he is one of the game’s best scorers, and he expects his binge to continue.

Beal is currently in his eighth NBA season and owns lifetime averages of 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.