Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has been selected to be an All-Star starter for the Eastern conference in the 2021 NBA All-Star game taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. Beal will join a starting five of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving and captain Kevin Durant. This will be Beal’s third All-Star selection and his first time as a starter.
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Being selected probably feels like a vindication to Beal, as he was not selected last season despite averaging over 30 points per game. Some pundits have called it one of the biggest All-Star snubs of all time. This season, he currently leads the NBA in scoring at 32.8 points per game and is also averaging 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Beal led all Eastern conference backcourt players in fan votes throughout the voting period. Perhaps the fans wanted to right their wrongs from the previous season.
"Last year it was definitely tough being snubbed… It definitely served as a little bit of motivation."@RealDealBeal23 joined the Inside crew to discuss his #NBAAllStar starter selection. pic.twitter.com/rLi7cruj7I
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Beal was congratulated by many of his teammates with Russell Westbrook, Thomas Bryant, Raul Neto, Davis Bertans, Rui Hachimura, Deni Avdija and Troy Brown Jr. all shouting out his accomplishment on social media.
While the Wizards’ season has been disappointing thus far, it is good to see Beal getting some recognition for his strong play. He has solidified himself as one of the best all-around offensive players in the NBA this season. Hopefully his presence among the All-Star starters will become a staple in the coming years.
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