WASHINGTON -- If Bradley Beal keeps playing the way he has lately, averaging 34.5 points per game since the All-Star break, he is going to put together a legitimate case for All-NBA, no matter the fact he wasn't an All-Star earlier this season. All-NBA is a more exclusive group, but all Beal has done since he was left off the All-Star team is raise his game to a different level.
If it happens, though, Beal will have some conflicted feelings, as he outlined after Tuesday night's win over the New York Knicks.
"I hope I do. That would be an amazing achievement," he said, while also adding: "That would be weird."
When told that media members vote on All-NBA, which is different than the All-Star selection process, Beal said: "That definitely would be weird if that's the case, for sure."
Though it is sort of strange that an NBA player could not make the cut when the top 24 players in the league are picked, but then make it when that list is widdled down to 15, it happens more often than most probably realize. In fact, 11 times in the last 10 years alone has a player been All-NBA but not an All-Star.
Wizards point guard Rod Strickland did it in 1997-98. And Jazz center Rudy Gobert has done it twice.
So, if it happens to Beal, it won't exactly be a rare occurrence throughout the game's history. It will just be, as he put it, "weird."
Beal also says he has other goals in mind at the moment.
"I don't really think about it," he said. "Ultimately I want to make the playoffs. Hopefully the Magic and Brooklyn lost today."
They did not. Both teams won, meaning the Wizards did not gain any ground as the ninth-ranked team in the East.
Ironically, that is what could ultimately hurt Beal's chances of making All-NBA, where the Wizards fall in the standings.
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