After making the All-Star Game two consecutive years, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal was not chosen as a reserve for the 2020 showcase set for Feb. 16 in Chicago, Ill.
The league announced the reserves on Thursday night and Beal was left out among the seven picked for the East. NBA head coaches vote on the reserves.
Beal's only hope now is another Eastern Conference player dropping out due to injury. Two years ago, there were four total injury replacements in the All-Star Game. Last year, there was only one.
As for why Beal didn't make it, the Wizards' 15-31 record could be to blame. His field goal percentage (45.3) is also the lowest it has been since 2014-15 and his three-point percentage (31.8) is the lowest of his career.
Still, the volume numbers gave him a strong All-Star case. He is averaging 28.6 points (third in East), 6.3 assists, 4.4 rebounds and a steal per game. Beal is the first player to average 28 points or more and not make the All-Star team since the 1984-85 season.
Beal was edged out by Ben Simmons, Kyle Lowry, Jayson Tatum, Khris Middleton, Bam Adebayo, Domantas Sabonis and Jimmy Butler. There was a deep crop of candidates at the guard position.
Teammate John Wall and head coach Scott Brooks had lobbied for Beal to be an All-Star in recent weeks, each pointing out how the Wizards' team situation should not be held against him. Though he had a coaches vote, Brooks was not allowed to select his own player per league rules.
Beal will not be going to All-Star Weekend, but the Wizards could still have some representatives on All-Star Saturday Night or in the Rising Stars Game.
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