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Bradley Beal wants to average at least six assists with Wizards this season

Bradley Beal, Wizards

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal wants to average at least six assists per game this season.

Head coach Scott Brooks not only expects Beal to average six or seven assists, he also wants Washington to be one of the top passing teams in the league.

“I think Brad can be a six or seven assist guy this year,” Brooks said during Monday’s media day, per Candace Buckner of the Washington Post. “I think he can even take it to another level on the assist side of the ball.”

Beal would agree.

“It’s a goal of mine,” Beal said about averaging at least six assists this season. “I know I’ll be in a lot more situations to be able to do that. I know I’ll get doubled and trapped a lot this year … I expect that number to go up just because of that. I know it’s still up to me to be able to make the right reads, make the right plays. It’s definitely a goal of mine to get that assist number up, my rebound number up, everything. Just keep getting better every year.”

Bradley Beal averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists last season for the Wizards while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free-throw line. He finished with 2,099 points, 411 rebounds and 448 assists while establishing himself as one of the best shooting guards in the NBA.

Since All-Star point guard John Wall will likely miss the entire season, Beal will once again be the focal point of the Wizards’ offense. Washington signed Ish Smith and Isaiah Thomas, so Beal won’t always have to initiate the offense like last season.