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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.



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. 


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.



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.


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


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Should Bradley Beal be an All-NBA selection?


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Should Bradley Beal be an All-NBA selection?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by guest co-host Travis Thomas to break down Bradley Beal's All-NBA chances and John Wall's injury rehab.

They also discussed the crazy Eastern Conference playoff race, Trae Young's draft stock and essentials for a good snow day.

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What are Bradley Beal's chances of earning All-NBA?

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What are Bradley Beal's chances of earning All-NBA?

Bradley Beal has been indispensable for the Wizards this season with John Wall having missed 33 of their 70 games, or nearly half of their schedule so far. Beal's numbers are up in several categories from last season and he earned his first All-Star selection as a result.

Becoming an NBA All-Star is very difficult. Usually, about six guards per conference are picked each year. Being All-NBA is even more exclusive, as only six guards are selected from the entire league.

Wall has done it before and Beal may be in position to accomplish the feat himself this season. As of now, Beal could be considered on the bubble for third-team All-NBA.


It is an extremely competitive race and there are several locks to earn the honors. At this point, guys like James Harden and Russell Westbrook should get in easily. But after that, the next four spots are hard to sort out.

Based on his numbers, Damian Lillard of the Blazers should be a shoe-in. He is the best player on the third-place team in the Western Conference and is second among all NBA guards in points per game (26.6). He is also averaging 6.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds. He has already been All-NBA twice in his career and should get his third nod after this season.

DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors is probably the next-most likely to get in. He has led the top team in the Eastern Conference, was an All-Star starter in February and got his first All-NBA selection last year.

After those is where it gets interesting. The reason why is injuries. Stephen Curry in any other year would be a guarantee for All-NBA, but as of now he has played just 50 games. Consider that the NBA requires a player to appear in 58 games or more, or 70 percent of his team's games, to qualify for statistical leaderboards. 


Curry has returned to practice, but due to health and possibly rest down the stretch of the season, there is a chance he doesn't hit the 58-game threshold. That may present an interesting question for the voters.

Kyrie Irving of the Celtics is also hurt. He has played in 60 games with 11 left on Boston's schedule. The same goes for Jimmy Butler of the Timberwolves. He is rehabbing a torn meniscus and currently has only played 56 games. 

Chris Paul of the Rockets has appeared in 53 games due to injuries. Though his numbers could put him in the All-NBA conversation, Devin Booker of the Suns has played in just 54 games.

If injuries do preclude Curry in particular from getting in, then the door could be open the door for Beal. He would then have to beat out guys like Victor Oladipo of the Pacers, Irving, Butler and others.

Setting aside the most likely three to get All-NBA - Harden, Westbrook and Lillard - and Curry, let's take a look at how Beal stacks up statistically to the rest of the pack. 

Bradley Beal - 23.3 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 spg, 46.3 FG%, 37.4 3PT%

DeMar DeRozan - 23.7 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.0 rpg, 1.1 spg, 46.1 FG%, 32.4 3PT%

Victor Oladipo - 23.3 ppg, 4.2 apg, 5.2 rpg, 2.3 spg, 47.1 FG%, 36.6 3PT%

Kyrie Irving - 24.4 ppg, 5.1 apg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 spg, 49.1 FG%, 40.8 3PT%

Jimmy Butler - 22.2 ppg, 5.0 apg, 5.4 rpg, 1.9 spg, 47.3 FG%, 35.6 3PT%

Devin Booker - 24.9 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.5 rpg, 0.9 spg, 43.2 FG%, 38.3 3PT%

Chris Paul - 18.8 ppg, 7.9 apg, 5.6 rpg, 1.7 spg, 45.9 FG%, 38.5 3PT%


As you see, not a whole lot is separating those guys. It may come down to team performance and other factors.

Working in Beal's favor is that he's been the most durable of the bunch. He has played in every one of the Wizards' games this season.

Beal has also helped keep his team in contention despite Wall's absence. The Wizards are on pace for 47 wins, not far off their 49 victories last year, and Beal has been the biggest reason.

But Irving's case is helped similarly by all the injuries in Boston, including to Gordan Hayward. He has been the best player on the second-best team in the Eastern Conference.

Oladipo has led the Pacers to an impressive season despite not having another All-Star in the lineup. DeRozan, Beal, Irving and Butler have better supporting casts.


Say injuries do work against Curry, Paul, Irving and Booker. And assume DeRozan is safely in as the fourth guy behind Harden, Westbrook and Lillard. That could mean Beal gets in alongside Oladipo.

If Curry, Paul or Irving get in despite missing double-digit games, that would probably bump Beal out of the mix. Oladipo has slightly better numbers and has drawn lots of acclaim for being the best player on a surprise Pacers team and he's no guarantee himself.

Beal has 12 games left to prove his case and clearly a lot of factors are in play, but the idea of him making All-NBA for the first time is not out of the question.

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