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Beal not mentioned in first NBA All-Star voting returns

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Star Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal was not one of the East's top 10 vote-getters among guards in the first NBA All-Star voting returns released on Thursday.

While it's been a down year for Beal, his exclusion from the first return of the All-Star voting results may shock you when seeing the other names that make the list. 

The three-time All-Star was not listed over other Eastern Conference guards like Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, and Fred VanVleet. Irving made his season debut on Wednesday night in Indiana as he's only allowed to play on the road due to New York's vaccine mandate. Rose has missed 18 games after getting surgery to repair his right ankle, and VanVleet's career year still does not add up to Beal's impact on Washington. 

Beal has put up averages of 24.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, and a career-high 6.7 apg, but has struggled mightily with his shot from deep. His 28.8% shooting percentage from beyond the arc is the worst of his career, but has started to improve that mark over the last two weeks (32%). 

On Wednesday night, Beal fouled out for the first time since 2017 and for just the fifth time in his nine-year NBA career in Washington's shock loss to the visiting Rockets

The Wizards' third pick in the 2012 draft is coming off his first start in the All-Star game last season and set personal bests for 31 minutes and a team-high 26 points in a loss for Team Durant last year. Still, Beal hasn't been the same since narrowly losing out on the scoring title to Steph Curry last year. 

 

But as the Wizards begin to get back to full health, the Wizards could climb the standings and Beal's All-Star status could improve as a result.

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