The writing had been on the wall for weeks that the Wizards wouldn’t have any starters for the Feb. 19 All-Star game, and it was made official Thursday when John Wall didn't get in with a combination of fan, player and media voting while Bradley Beal never registered among the top 10.
But there is a glass-is-half-full perspective: Dwyane Wade, who had a chance to snatch a spot as a starter from a more deserving guard in the East, didn't make it.
This means when reserves are voted on in the next week and revealed next Thursday by the coaches, Wall and/or Beal have a much better shot.
The starting guards for the East will be Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan, backcourt players for the conferences two best teams.
Two of Wall’s three All-Star selections came from coaches. In his only season as an All-Star starter, Wall got the Wizards out to a 22-8 start and he was dominant in a Christmas Day game against the New York Knicks that was nationally televised.
The Wizards (22-19) began this season 2-8 and despite him having 24 double-doubles – he’s the only East guard to average one – most didn’t notice.
Now that the Wizards have won 13 consecutive home games and are in the thick of the East race, Wall seems more than likely to receive consideration but the field of point guards is dense.
Kyle Lowry and Isaiah Thomas have had All-Star seasons, too, and their teams have better records.
In recent All-Star games, three point guards are taken. In 2015, in large part because of the Atlanta Hawks' record-setting season, there were four in the East because of Jeff Teague's inclusion.
For Beal, this also could open the door for his first selection because after DeRozan there hasn't been a better shooting guard in the conference.
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