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NBA All-Star bracketology: Bradley Beal and John Wall begin the race with good odds

NBA All-Star bracketology: Bradley Beal and John Wall begin the race with good odds

Voting is underway for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, which is set for Feb. 18 in Los Angeles. Though the All-Star Game's format has changed this season with the addition of a captains draft, the process of picking the All-Stars themselves has not.

Bradley Beal and John Wall should have the same odds they did last year to earn the honor. Last season, there were six guards chosen for the Eastern Conference All-Star roster.

Here is a look at the All-Star guards race so far as of Dec. 29. Voting ends on Jan. 15 and the All-Stars will be announced on Jan. 23. For information on how to vote for the All-Star Game, click here.

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ODDS ARE GOOD

Kyrie Irving, Celtics

24.7 ppg, 5.0 apg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 spg, 48.9 FG%, 40.4 3PT%

Irving wanted to be the star and that's what he has been in Boston. Irving is the biggest name on the top team in the East and will likely get voted in as a starter.

DeMar DeRozan, Raptors

24.1 ppg, 4.8 apg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 spg, 47.7 FG%, 32.3 3PT%

DeRozan has helped lead the underrated Raptors to the second-best record in the East so far. He's got the All-Star pedigree with three appearances already to his name.

Victor Oladipo, Pacers

24.9 ppg, 5.3 apg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 spg, 1.0 bpg, 48.9 FG%, 42.3 3PT%

One of the biggest surprises of the NBA season has been Oladipo's emergence as a star for the 19-16 Pacers. He scores, gets rebounds, blocks and steals. 

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Bradley Beal, Wizards

23.0 ppg, 3.5 apg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 spg, 44.1 FG%, 35.1 3PT%

No longer just a scorer, Beal is averaging a career-high in rebounds (4.3/g) which should help his cause. He also has one of the best performances by anyone this season so far with 53 points at the Portland Trail Blazers. Beal's shooting percentages will also likely go up as the deadline gets closer.

Ben Simmons, Sixers

16.8 ppg, 7.6 apg, 8.7 rpg, 1.9 spg, 50.8 FG%, 00.0 3PT%

Though he's just a rookie, Simmons is already tearing up the league. He's averaging close to a triple-double and at this point looks like a safe bet for L.A.

John Wall, Wizards

18.2 ppg, 8.9 apg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 spg,, 1.0 bpg, 41.2 FG%, 32.3 3PT%

Wall has missed 11 games, but his impact on the Wizards is clear based on how much better they are with him (14-10) than without him (5-6). The question is whether the Wizards can get two All-Stars if they are seventh in the East, like they are now, but statistically Wall has a good case.

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ON THE BUBBLE

Kemba Walker, Hornets

24.7 ppg, 5.0 apg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 spg, 48.9 FG%, 40.4 3PT%

Walker has been an All-Star before and is putting up strong numbers offensively. The problem is that the Hornets are terrible. Other guys could get the nod over him based on team success.

Eric Bledsoe, Bucks

18.7 ppg, 4.6 apg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 spg, 45.9 FG%, 31.0 3PT%

Bledsoe was an unexpected addition to the Eastern Conference All-Star race when he got traded to the Bucks from the Suns back in November. But he has adjusted well and it would not be surprising at all if he earned a spot.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

Dennis Schroder, Hawks; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Evan Fournier, Magic

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 104-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday afternoon...

1. John Wall came out swinging in the first half with 22 points, 16 of them in the first quarter alone. 

This was one of his best plays. Wall split two defenders and then flipped it in off the glass:

Wall finished with 27 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. 

2. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Wizards' bench with 19 points, five rebounds and a block. He missed on this play, but nearly dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo. That would have been something:

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3. Oubre did get this one to go down. He popped a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter:

4. Wall had some nice passes including this alley-oop lob to Tomas Satoransky. Sato got way up there:

Satoransky also threw down this alley-oop pass earlier thrown by Bradley Beal:

5. This last play was by the Bucks and it was not something you see every day. Antetokounmpo fired an assist through his legs like a longsnapper:

The Wizards lost a close one. Now they head to Charlotte to begin a five-game road trip.

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On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

John Wall spoke at length over the summer about race relations in the United States following the violence in Charlottesville in August orchestrated by white supremacists.

Following the Wizards' game against the Bucks on Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, Wall was asked about the subject again.

Wall does not believe improvements have made in the last few months with President Donald Trump in office and he wonders how King would react if he were alive to see the current state of America.

"I think he still wouldn't be satisfied. We're still dealing with it. I think it got better for a little period of time, but with the new president we have I think things are going backwards. We've been dealing with it the last couple of years. There are some things we still need to figure out," Wall said.

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The Wizards play on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day every year and Wizards players cherish the tradition. It is not lost on Wall that he plays in Washington, D.C. where King made his famous 'I Have A Dream' speech and led the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

“That’s just an honor and a blessing," Wall said.

"We are all still sticking to what he had with this dream, and we are just trying to get everything to be right with it. To be able to play in this city is an honor."

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Wall says he tries to embody King's dream in his own life. King helped lead the civil rights movement that paved the way for equal rights and Wall, an African-American, has much to thank for those who fought. Every American does.

Wall says he wants to make King proud.

“I just hope that he appreciates what I’m doing. I’m doing myself very well. I hope he’s thankful for what I’m doing. I’m striving to be a better African-American athlete, and just as a person first of all – I think that’s the most important thing," he said.

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