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Bradley Beal makes All-NBA for first time in career

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After a season in which he led the Eastern Conference in scoring and started the All-Star Game, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal was named to the All-NBA team for the first time in his career. His teammate Russell Westbrook was left off the list despite making it last season.

Beal, 27, was named Third Team All-NBA. He's the first Wizards player to make All-NBA since John Wall in 2016-17 and he's just the third Wizards player this century to earn the honor, joining Wall and Gilbert Arenas.

Beal averaged a career-high 31.3 points per game while leading the Wizards to their first playoff appearance in three years. He also had 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting a career-best 48.5% from the field. 

Beal made the All-Star team for the third time in his career, but for the first time as a starter. He led all Eastern Conference guards in fan voting and placed seventh among all players.

Beal raised his scoring average, shot more efficiently and helped the Wizards win more games than the year before. That helped his cause among All-NBA media voting, as last year he had the most votes among the guards who missed the cut. The season before, Beal had the most votes of any player left off, regardless of position.

Beal making All-NBA in the past would have had major ramifications on his earning power, per the CBA. But given his level of experience, it won't affect his next contract. Beal can qualify for the largest contract allowed, 35% of the salary cap, next offseason just by earning 10 years of NBA service.

 

Still, it's a nice accomplishment and one Beal had just barely missed in recent years. He is by this measure one of the 15-best players in the NBA and one of the top-6 guards in an era that is loaded at the position.

Here are the full All-NBA teams:

First team - Stephen Curry (Warriors), Luka Doncic (Mavericks), Kawhi Leonard (Clippers), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), Nikola Jokic (Nuggets)

Second team - Chris Paul (Suns), Damian Lillard (Blazers), Julius Randle (Knicks), LeBron James (Lakers), Joel Embiid (76ers)

Third team - Kyrie Irving (Nets), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Jimmy Butler (Heat), Paul George (Clippers), Rudy Gobert (Jazz)