After being snubbed a year ago, Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal reportedly has been selected to his first-career NBA All-Star game and will partake in the 3-point contest.
Beal, 24, was the league’s biggest snub in the 2017 NBA All-Star game, but will finally make his first NBA All-Star appearance on Feb. 18 as the 2018 NBA All-Star game takes center stage at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The 6-foot-5 guard is playing the best basketball with career-high averages of 23.6 points, 3.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 35.9 minutes. Also, despite the recent Wizards turmoil, Beal continues to produce at a high-level. In the last 10 games, Beal averages 24.7 points, 4.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds and shooting over 50 percent from the field.
Above all, after missing some time due to injury in his first five NBA seasons, Beal has started all 47 games for the Wizards in 2018.
In addition, Buckner reports that Beal will participate in the 3-point contest for the second time in his career. Beal was runner-up in the 2014 3-point contest after nearly beating Marco Belinelli in a tiebreaker round.
On the other hand, Bradley Beal’s teammate John Wall likely will miss the 2018 NBA All-Star game for the first time in four years. Despite playing in just 36 games, Wall’s statistics compared to last season have fallen off a bit. Wall is averaging 19.3 points and 9.2 assists, his lowest since 2013.
With DeMar DeRozan selected last week as a starter, Beal will more than likely join Indiana Pacers Victor Oladipo as another guard from the Eastern Conference. After that, the next best shooting guard from the East is Evan Fournier, who is averaging 18 points.
The official announcement of the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star reserves comes tonight (Jan. 23) at 7:00 p.m. ET on TNT.