Thursday's NBA All-Star voting reveal did not reflect well on the Washington Wizards, who saw John Wall currently placed seventh among Eastern Conference guards and Bradley Beal nowhere to be found on the list. Both are enjoying career years, yet neither is getting rewarded for it by fans who have voted.
Wall is was named the East's player of the month for December and is currently averaging 23.5 points, 10 assists, 4.5 rebounds and a league-best 2.3 steals per game. Beal is scoring 22.1 points per game on a career-high 45 percent shooting.
Few guards can compare to those numbers, yet many are getting more All-Star votes.
"Yeah, I saw it," Beal said. "I don't care. It is what it is. It's just voting. It's out of my control."
Beal insists it is not something he is worried about.
"It doesn't bother me. It's just opinion. It's fans and their favorite players," he said.
But when it comes to his backcourt partner Wall, Beal has a bone to pick.
"That's a little crazy to me. There's no way he should be that low," Beal said. "He averages a double-double. He's probably playing the best out of all the guards in the East."
Placed ahead of Wall on Thursday's ballot were Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, DeMar DeRozan, Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose and Kyle Lowry. Irving has over six times the votes of Wall.
The fan voting ends on Jan. 19 and makes up 50 percent of the equation to determine All-Star starters. After that, all NBA players and a panel of media members will weigh in for the other half of the voting process.
It sounds like one of Wall and Beal's teammates is ready to cast his ballot for them.
"John is having a career year and Brad is, too. I think both should make it," guard Marcus Thornton said. "I'm going to do my part and vote and tell everybody to vote for them. We need to just get them in. It would be big for both of their careers."