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Should Bradley Beal have been an All-Star over Carmelo Anthony?

Should Bradley Beal have been an All-Star over Carmelo Anthony?

Every decision isn't a snub nor is every missed call a robbery. Carmelo Anthony was selected to his 10th All-Star Game -- ahead of Bradley Beal -- for reasons that have nothing to do with merit.

In fact, the All-Star Game itself isn't all about merit. It's a popularity contest with fans who vote and it also factors into the decisons rendered by the commissioner on who to send to New Orleans this weekend. Beal finished 14th in fan voting among guards, eighth in the media vote and eighth in the players' vote. He was behind Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Avery Bradley, the latter of whom hasn't played since Jan. 7.

It's a fans' showcase. Beal and Al Horford of the Boston Celtics were more deserving to replace the injured Kevin Love. They play on two of the top three teams in the East that were awarded just one All-Star in John Wall and Isaiah Thomas as reserves.

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The league's coaches made the decision with their vote to select four point guards behind starter Kyrie Irving. Kyle Lowry and Kemba Walker also made the cut. 

There were too many guards, and based on where the Charlotte Hornets are in the standings now -- 12th place and eight games under .500 -- Walker would've been my choice as the odd man out. 

Beal has had an exceptional season at 22.3 points, 3.7 assists and 47.2% shooting, all career highs, going into tonight's finale before the All-Star break at the Indiana Pacers. He's also shooting 40% from three-point range and likely to surpass his career-high of 41%.

But when Anthony Davis couldn't play in 2015, Dirk Nowitzki was chosen to replace him. That wasn't a merit-based selection. That was out of respect for his 13th and likely final appearance, though his team was significantly better than Anthony's.

All-Star weekend is about so much more than a game, or the skills competition and three-point contest. Players have more obligations off the court than can be quantified. They do them for the NBA and their own sponsored events. 

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It's a lot of autograph signings and meeting and greeting. Even players who are injured but able to travel are required by the league to attend if they were selected to participate. 

Those fans won't care about the record of the Knicks this season, or the dysfunction surrounding their president Phil Jackson and owner James Dolan. Anthony has been a good soldier in staying above that fray and commissioner Adam Silver probably factored that in rewarding him, too. A flagship franchise of the NBA needed it more.

Beal wanted to be in New Orleans for Sunday's game, though he did turn down a three-point contest invite. He'll downplay it, but he was willing to scrap his current plans to pack a bag to join his backcourt mate on the big stage.

Though Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan will have a say before this season is over, Wall and Beal are the best backcourt in the East. They are getting the respect that they feel that they deserve but it doesn't always come at the speed that you want it.

Beal has been a better player than Anthony, a far more efficient scorer than Anthony, a much better passer and defender than Anthony and is more deserving than Anthony to be an All-Star in every way possible if this was all about merit and accomplishment this season.

The fans, players and media had a chance to show Beal more respect early in the All-Star voting process and failed miserably as he was comfortably outdistanced by some far inferior guards.

Maybe if he was given more credit there, he'd have been higher on the comissioner's radar. Injury-replacement picks are at his discretion and fairness has nothing to do with it. And it was more than a two-man race for Love's vacated spot.

Beal isn't a frontcourt player and he doesn't play in New York. And not enough league-wide fans, media or fellow players cared enough to recognize him until now and it's too late. Those are the reasons he's not an All-Star.

[RELATED: Former Wizards player slams NBA for choosing Melo over Beal for ASG]

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Athletes react to death of George Floyd, ongoing civil unrest in Minneapolis, other cities

Athletes react to death of George Floyd, ongoing civil unrest in Minneapolis, other cities

The death of George Floyd has caused outrage across the country, with thousands protesting in several American cities demanding justice.

Several prominent athletes, including former NBA legend Michael Jordan, Lakers forward LeBron James, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and many others, have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the ongoing protests and civil unrest.

Jordan released a statement on Sunday sharing his thoughts on the situation. 

James sent out this tweet early Sunday morning asking "Why does America not love us?"

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence sent out a pair of tweets on Friday, stating that "love must outweigh hate."

United States national team midfielder Weston McKennie, who plays in the German Bundesliga for Schalke 04, sported an armband during his club's match this weekend that read "Justice for George Floyd."

After scoring a goal during Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga match on Sunday, English winger Jadon Sancho took off his jersey and revealed his undershirt, which read "Justice for George Floyd."

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman sent out several tweets regarding Floyd's death and the protests.

Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler, a Minneapolis area native who played three seasons for the University of Minnesota, offered his take on the situation:

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett tweeted he "doesn't feel safe" in America after Floyd's death.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow tweeted this:

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens shared his thoughts on the situation.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz:

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle shared his thoughts with this post, captioned "#BlackLivesMatter."

Wizards guard Bradley Beal engaged with several of his followers on Saturday, sending off multiple tweets about an array of topics surrounding the impact and style of the protests.

Mystics guard Natasha Cloud wrote a powerful piece in The Players Tribune, emphasizing that those who are staying silent during this situation is "a knee on her neck."

Monumental Sports and Entertainment said this on Sunday: 

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John Wall ranked ninth-best top pick since 2000 by Bleacher Report

John Wall ranked ninth-best top pick since 2000 by Bleacher Report

All Wizards fans remember that faithful November 2nd night back in 2010. The Verizon Center was packed to the brim in anticipation of the 20-year-old phenom out of the University of Kentucky.   

The air was electric, and all fans rejoiced when the name "John Wall," was announced as the starting point guard of the Wizards, as they were set to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Fast forward to 2020: Wall is a 5x All-Star, 1x All-NBA selection, and 1x All-Defensive selection, but how does he measure up to the other No. 1 overall picks of the 2000s?

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Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey recently ranked the No.1 overall selections of the 2000s and he placed Wall ... ninth.

Bailey spelled out an intricate explanation of the methodology he used to rank these players, but I'll give the SparkNotes version before we dive into his reasoning. 

  • Box plus/minus, win shares per 48 minutes and player efficiency rating
  • Usage percentage
  • Both regular-season and playoff numbers
  • Championship points and MVP shares
  • A fan vote to "add a little subjective flavor"

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Now let's get into why Bailey slotted Wall at 9.

Bailey starts off acknowledging something that true fans of basketball are aware of: Prior to his recent injuries, Wall was one of the best guards in the game.

"He was one of the game's most dominant point men before that," Bailey said. 

"From 2013-14 to 2016-17, Wall averaged 20.0 points, 9.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game," he continued "In that stretch, the Wizards were plus-3.1 points per 100 possessions with Wall on the floor and minus-5.2 with him off."

I like the path you're on, Bailey, but don't forget to mention Wall was also an All-Star in every single season mentioned above. 

Bailey then went on to address the drop off in Walls production because of injury, which is fair, due to the fact that "Wall's only managed 73 appearances since the start of the 2017-18 campaign."

The eight players  ahead of Wall on the list are Derrick Rose, Karl-Anthony Towns, Yao Ming, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James, respectively,

The nine slot for Wall isn't terrible seeing as though he's virtually missed the past two seasons of basketball. The bigger question is: When it's all said and done, how far can Wall catapult up this list? 

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Does he have to claim an MVP title to jump Rose? Will an NBA Championship place him above/below Irving? 

We'll just have to wait and see. 

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