Bradley Beal didn’t make the cut for the NBA All-Star Game in his fifth NBA season despite being no worse than the second-best shooting guard in the East based on performance.
Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan were named the starters last week but when coaches elected the reserves they went with four point guards in John Wall, Isaiah Thomas, Kyle Lowry and Kemba Walker.
Beal is averaging a career-high 21.9 points and 3.6 assists as the Wizards have rebounded from a 6-12 start and now sit at 25-20.
Wall was disappointed that his backcourt mate who signed a $128 million max contract last summer didn’t make the cut. Beal routinely draws double- and triple-teams and still has scored 40 points more twice. His 42 vs. the Phoenix Suns are career-high.
“Like I said this summer,” said Wall, referring to an interview with CSNmidatlantic.com, “let him earn it. He’s done a heck of a job this season. He’s improving every aspect of his game, having seven games over 30 points so far is big. He’s playing with a different demeanor. He’s coming out with an edge. When he’s healthy and I’m healthy, we’re a tough tandem to deal with.”
Beal has had an extensive injury history and his missed only four games this season. Three were because of a thigh strain and once because of an ankle sprain.
He recently went through a 1-for-21 slump from three-point range but emerged with 31 points earlier this week vs. the Boston Celtics. Defensively, however, Beal has been consistently good and the Wizards’ recent play has elevated as he has combined with Wall to form likely the best two-way playing backcourt in the conference.