For the first time in a decade, the Washington Wizards have two NBA All-Stars.
Both John Wall and Bradley Beal got the nod on Tuesday night as the league announced the reserves for each conference. For Wall, it's the fifth time he's earned the honor. For Beal, it's his first time.
Having two All-Stars is no small feat and it has not happened often in the Wizards' franchise history. This is the 18th time in 57 season of the Wizards and Bullets they have boasted more than one All-Star and just the fifth time since 1979, a span of 39 years.
Wall has battled injuries this season to put up one of the more versatile stat lines in the Eastern Conference. Through 36 games, Wall is averaging 19.3 points, 9.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks.
Beal is an All-Star because he's become one of the best scorers in the East. He leads the Wizards with 23.6 points per game. He's also averaging 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals.
Wall has joined some elite company in Wizards/Bullets franchise history. With his fifth selection, he's now tied for second with Hall of Famers Wes Unseld and Gus Johnson. Only Elvin Hayes, also a Hall of Famer, made more All-Star appearances in a Washington uniform. He made it eight times.
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Beal is the 26th player in franchise history to be named an All-Star. He joins Wall as just the second player drafted by the Wizards to make an All-Star while playing for the team since they changed their name from the Bullets in 1998.
Both Wall and Beal making the All-Star team is a boon for a Wizards franchise that has come a long way since drafting them. Wall was taken first overall in 2010 and Beal third in 2012, respectively.
Wall and Beal have combined to lead the Wizards to three playoff appearances in their last four years. In each of those playoff runs, they advanced to the second round.
Last year in the 2016-17 season, Wall and Beal were the leaders of a Wizards team that won 49 games for the first time since the Bullets in 1979. Wall and Beal continue to take the Wizards' franchise to places they haven't been in a long time and Tuesday night's All-Star announcement was yet another example.