The Washington Wizards are having a tough season, which has resulted in a 15-31 record. But the main bright spot this season is Bradley Beal, who continues to demonstrate why he’s a superstar. However, it seems the NBA and fans outside of the DMV area aren’t noticing it. On Thursday evening, Beal was snubbed out of an All-Star game spot, which definitely shocked Wizards fans.
Based on the list of All-Star reserves, the coaches rewarded those who have been instrumental in helping their teams win. But historically, the event has been rewarded to players who have put together great individual seasons.
And it seems the league as a whole have gone away from that. In the case of Beal, along with Devin Booker who was also snubbed, it’s flat out disrespectful he didn’t get in.
Folks are saying it’s because they’re only scorers, or play one end of the floor, etc. But these people are off base. In the All-Star game, who actually plays defense? Not many. It’s about the stars who not only put together great seasons, but ones that deserved to have their hard work noticed, especially if they’re the number one option on their respective teams. That’s why folks are upset about Beal being snubbed, and they have an argument.
Beal Gets All-Star Snub Despite Putting Together Career Season
For starters, Beal is sixth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 28.6 points per game. His scoring output is also third in the Eastern Conference behind Giannis Antetokoumpo (30.0 PPG) and Trae Young (29.2 PPG). Not only has Beal improved his scoring this season, but he’s also made a leap as a playmaker.
Beal is averaging 6.3 assists per game, which is a career high on a Wizards team that’s battled injuries and inconsistent play. It’s an absolute embarrassment that he was not only snubbed out of being an All-Star starter, but snubbed from the event altogether.
Other fans have never appreciated Beal and John Wall, even when the Wizards were making the playoffs with them together. It’s truly mind boggling how a player who’s averaging 28.6 points and 6.3 assists per game (both career highs) didn’t make it. And it’s even worse considering Beal can now only participate in the event in Chicago if a spot opens due to injury.
Being overlooked is something Beal has been used to in his career. For Wizards’ fans, the frustration isn’t just about an All-Star spot. It’s about Beal’s career season being unnoticed by most. This will fuel him to not only show people why he deserved an All-Star spot, but to be mentioned with the NBA’s elite.