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NBA All-Star Game 2017: Was Russell Westbrook the biggest snub among starters?

NBA All-Star Game 2017: Was Russell Westbrook the biggest snub among starters?

It would be impossible to please everyone in determining the 2017 NBA All-Star Game starting lineups.

Fans in Washington are going to be clamoring over John Wall's exclusion from the Eastern Conference's starting five, a result of a poor showing among fan voting, which contribute to 50 percent of the final tally.

But the biggest snub from Thursday's announced lineups most will point out is that of Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, who was left out in favor of Stephen Curry and James Harden. Nothing against those guys, but what Westbrook is doing this season so far is extremely rare.

Through 44 games, Westbrook is averaging a triple-double with 30.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. His 30.6 scoring average leads the NBA.

Westbrook is on pace to be only the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a full season. The other was Oscar Robertson, who accomplished the historic feat back in 1961-62. That's a span of 55 years.

Westbrook has led his Thunder team to a 25-19 record, which ranks seventh in the West. That's impressive considering his running mate, Kevin Durant, departed in free agency this past summer to join the Golden State Warriors. 

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Harden and Curry are also having very good seasons. Harden may very well win the MVP award with his Rockets team currently surprising everyone at 33-12 and third in the West. But what Westbrook is doing could put him in extremely selective company.

The NBA All-Star voting for starters included a 50 percent share of fan voting, 25 percent from media votes and another 25 percent from players. The All-Star reserves will be released next Thursday, Jan. 26.

Here are the full starting lineups for the 2017 All-Star Game:


PG Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers
SG DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
SF Jimmy Butler, Bulls
SF LeBron James, Cavaliers
PG/SF Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks


PG Stephen Curry, Warriors
PG James Harden, Rockets
SF Kevin Durant, Warriors
SF Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
PF/C Anthony Davis, Pelicans

[RELATED: Possible silver lining to Wizards' Wall, Beal not making All-Star starters]

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Bradley Beal becomes 5th Wizard to reach 10,000-point milestone

Bradley Beal becomes 5th Wizard to reach 10,000-point milestone

Bradley Beal joined an exclusive group Sunday night. 

His 34 points were enough to reach the 10,000-point milestone, climbing up to fifth in the all-time franchise scoring ladder in the process. 

He scored his 19th point in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 points in that frame alone. He hit some smoothly-stroked 3-pointers in a comeback attempt that came short. After scoring 44 points in two straight contests, his 34 against Orlando came as no surprise. Now, only Elvin Hayes, Jeff Malone, Wes Unseld and John Wall have scored more points for Washington.

Beal's accomplishment comes one game after he passed Wall and Gilbert Arenas for the most 40-point and 10-assist outings in Wizards history with three. He fell two assists and six points shy of extending that record even further. 

Beal joins Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis from the 2012 NBA Draft class as players to reach the historic feat. He's taken the scoring load on his shoulders this season, and it wouldn't be shocking if he continues to climb the scoring charts. Given his long-term commitment to the team following his two-year max contract extension in the offseason, Beal certainly has a chance at scoring more points than any Wizard when all is said and done. 



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Magic guard Markelle Fultz has career night against hometown Wizards

Magic guard Markelle Fultz has career night against hometown Wizards

Markelle Fultz had a chance to take on his hometown Washington Wizards on Sunday night, and he sure took advantage of it.

The Orlando Magic point guard led the way in a 125-121 win for the Magic with 19 points on 8-10 shooting. He started the game off by hitting his first two three-pointers.

Fultz grew up as a Wizards fan in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. He attended Dematha Catholic High School, where he played for the powerhouse basketball program.

Fultz is also very close to Isaiah Thomas, who has served as a mentor during Fultz's basketball career. Both of the point guards played their college careers at the University of Washington.

With a chance to play against his childhood team and basketball mentor, Fultz played a lot like the player who was drafted first overall in 2017. Various injuries stifled the first two years of his career, but did not seem to be an issue in Sunday's career performance.

There were no limits to Fultz's athleticism on Sunday night, with a powerful, game-clinching dunk proving his health. Shooting problems plagued Fultz early on in his career, but his smooth shooting against the Wizards helped him look like a complete player.