Day 3,084,534 of quarantine: Bradley Beal should've been an All-Star this season and real basketball fans know it. Just ask Boston Celtics star, and St. Louis native, Jayson Tatum.
"I might be biased but I think Brad Beal is the most underrated player in the league," Tatum said on a recent episode of All the Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson.
"He averaged 31 this season and he didn't make the All-Star game," Tatum continued. "Real basketball fans, they know how good he is."
Jayson Tatum says Bradley Beal is the most underrated player in the league— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) May 11, 2020
“Probably if he was in a bigger market he would be on ESPN more...I think he need more attention.”
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Heading into the All-Star Break back in February, Beal made NBA history by having the highest scoring average ever for a non-All-Star (29.1), passing World B. Free's 28.7 points per game back in the 1978-79 season. Free went on to claim All-NBA honors at season's end -- the bigger accomplishment of the two.
Tatum, as well as others (Beal's fiance Kamiah Adams) attribute the leaguewide disrespect to the market Beal plays in -- Washington, D.C. This Wizards team didn't do a lot of winning this season and only played one nationally televised game in 2019 which came against the now 19-win Cleveland Cavaliers, on the eighth game of the year.
"Probably if he was in a bigger market he would be on ESPN more," Tatum said. "I think he needs more attention."
So do we Taco Jay, so do we.
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