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One Warriors role player is getting a crazy amount of All-Star votes

One Warriors role player is getting a crazy amount of All-Star votes

One could have guessed that the Golden State Warriors would show up well in All-Star voting this year as a team full of superstars with the best record in the league. And, sure enough, guys like Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are killing it. The two are No. 1 in their respective positions, based on Thursday's fan vote total update released by the NBA.

But you know who is third on the Warriors in votes and in line to be a starter for the Western Conference All-Star team? Not Klay Thompson or Draymond Green. No, it's Zaza Pachulia. 

Pachulia, a guy who scored 5.2 points per game, is second among frontcourt players in the West, behind only Durant. He's ahead of much better players like Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns at the position.

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Pachulia, in fact, is fifth among all players in the West. He's ahead of guards like Chris Paul and Damian Lillard. And, for a local comparison, he has about five times the votes of John Wall, who is currently seventh among guards in the East.

Here are the full vote totals as of Thursday, January 5. Voting ends on January 16.

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt

1          LeBron James (CLE) 595,288
2          Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 500,663
3          Kevin Love (CLE) 250,347
4          Joel Embiid (PHI) 221,984
5          Carmelo Anthony (NY) 189,817
6          Jimmy Butler (CHI) 189,066
7          Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 184,166
8          Paul George (IND) 138,332
9          Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 72,628
10        Jabari Parker (MIL) 64,141

Guards

1          Kyrie Irving (CLE) 543,030
2          Dwyane Wade (CHI) 278,052
3          DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 253,340
4          Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 193,297
5          Derrick Rose (NY) 129,924
6          Kyle Lowry (TOR) 128,940
7          John Wall (WAS) 87,360
8          Jeremy Lin (BKN) 59,562
9          Kemba Walker (CHA) 52,122
10        Avery Bradley (BOS) 32,822

Western Conference

Frontcourt

1          Kevin Durant (GS) 541,209
2          Zaza Pachulia (GS) 439,675
3          Kawhi Leonard (SA) 341,240
4          Anthony Davis (NO) 318,144
5          Draymond Green (GS) 236,315
6          DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 202,317
7          Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 125,278
8          LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 101,724
9          Blake Griffin (LAC) 100,524
10        Marc Gasol (MEM) 97,370

Guards

1          Stephen Curry (GS) 523,597
2          James Harden (HOU) 519,446
3          Russell Westbrook (OKC) 501,652
4          Klay Thompson (GS) 293,054
5          Chris Paul (LAC) 173,830
6          Damian Lillard (POR) 117,857
7          Eric Gordon (HOU) 76,609
8          Manu Ginobili (SA) 65,832
9          Andre Iguodala (GS) 64,247
10        Zach LaVine (MIN) 53,642

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Bradley Beal still feels 'disrespected' by referees

Bradley Beal still feels 'disrespected' by referees

Back in December following a tough loss to the Clippers, Bradley Beal's frustration with the referees boiled over. 

"Honestly, [my frustration] is out the roof," Beal said that night. "It really is. It's really unfair and unacceptable that they allow a lot of stuff to go on with me out there and I do not calls. Period. It's just unacceptable."

Everything for the Wizards' offense this season starts and ends with Beal, and while he's averaging career-best scoring numbers, he remains frustrated at how he doesn't get to the foul line enough. 

In a 134-129 loss to the Heat Wednesday night, Beal went off for 38 points on 16-24 shooting to go with nine rebounds and four assists. He only had four free throw attempts, resulting in another postgame riff about how he and his team aren't officiated the same as others. 

“It’s kind of sad the way we get disrespected," he said. "Especially myself getting disrespected like I do because I attack the basket.”

Among 32 players who average at least 20 points, Beal ranks ninth in free throw attempts per game. The Wizards themselves are 14th in the NBA in free throw attempts per game. 

What had Beal particularly upset was not getting the whistle when he aggressively attacked the basket in the game's final moments.

"You can look at my last three drives and I got fouled on all three of them," he said. 

The NBA doesn't typically tolerate players and coaches openly criticizing referees after games. Beal knows he could be fined for his comments, so it shows just how frustrated the two-time All-Star is with how he's being called this season. 

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Former Washington Mystics All-Star Alana Beard retires after 14 seasons

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Former Washington Mystics All-Star Alana Beard retires after 14 seasons

One of the Washington Mystics' first stars is hanging up her shoes.

Alana Beard, who spent the first seven seasons of her professional career with the Mystics after Washington drafted her No. 2 overall in 2004, announced her retirement from the sport on Wednesday.

During her time in Washington, Beard made the All-Star team four times. Her best season with the Mystics was in 2006, where she averaged a career-high 19.1 points per game and won the Defensive Player of the Year award.

After missing nearly two years with multiple injuries, Beard signed with the Los Angeles Sparks during free agency in 2012, and spent the rest of her career out west. She won her first WNBA championship in 2016 with the Sparks, highlighted by her game-winning three-pointer in Game 1 of the Finals.

Congratulations on a great career, Alana!

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