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Early voting returns aren't looking great for Bradley Beal's All-NBA chances

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With NBA awards ballots due today, July 28, some voting members of the media have already made their picks available in the public. It is a nice show of transparency and, speaking from experience, an exercise of social media vulnerability. No matter who you pick or how well-reasoned your stance, the pitchforks will be aimed in your direction.

Luckily, some voters were brave enough to throw their ballots out into the wild for us to feast on. The problem is, things aren't looking too great for Bradley Beal and his chances of making All-NBA.

The ballots already revealed serve as a sort of exit poll for awards and so far it doesn't appear Beal is getting many votes. By this count, he has received zero for third-team All-NBA. That is despite the fact he averaged over 30.5 points per game, most in the East and second in the NBA.

Here is a running list of the third team All-NBA picks that are out there, which we will continue to update:

Zach Lowe, ESPN

Ben Simmons
Jayson Tatum
Pascal Siakam
Khris Middleton
Rudy Gobert

John Hollinger, Athletic

Trae Young
Jimmy Butler
Khris Middleton
Pascal Siakam
Nikola Jokic
 

Hollinger added of Beal: "There will be some momentum to put Washington's Bradley Beal on the third team after he finished the year averaging 30.5 points per game. However, Beal's defense was arguably even worse than Young's..."

 

Kevin O'Connor, Ringer

Rudy Gobert
Pascal Siakam
Ben Simmons
Khris Middleton
Jimmy Butler

More on Beal: "Not gonna lie, leaving Beal off here feels really dumb. Beal averaged 30.5 points and 6.1 assists with a 57.9 true shooting percentage this season... But Beal was also a dud on defense, which wasn’t the case in 2018-19, when I did vote him for third-team All-NBA."

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Sam Amick, Athletic

Jayson Tatum
Khris Middleton
Rudy Gobert
Chris Paul
Russell Westbrook

Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune

Jayson Tatum
Jimmy Butler
Bam Adebayo
Pascal Siakam
Rudy Gobert

Tony Jones, Athletic

Chris Paul
Russell westbrook
Ben Simmons
Jay Tatum
Rudy Gobert

Jones added: "Butler, Beal, Mitchell, book are near misses"

Chris Fedor, Cleveland.com

Khris Middleton
Pascal Siakam
Rudy Gobert
Jimmy Butler
Kyle Lowry

Fedor explained: "Some may view Bradley Beal as an omission, especially given the torrid run he went on late. But he was one of the league’s worst defensive players on a crummy team."

Chris Kirschner, Athletic

Khris Middleton
Ben Simmons
Jimmy Butler
Pascal Siakam
Rudy Gobert

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All of those votes do not include Beal and keep in mind only 100 people have votes. Three of these voters - Lowe, Hollinger and Amick - are national writers who may indicate how others around the country view Beal's season.

Basically, it's not off to a great start. Things could change, but if this trend keeps up, Beal will likely miss out on All-NBA. He would have the third-highest scoring average in NBA history for a player who didn't make All-NBA, only behind Walt Bellamy (31.6 ppg, 1961-62) and Bob McAdoo (31.1 ppg, 1975-76). So, it hasn't happened in 45 years.

Making All-NBA would not have an effect on his contract, as him signing an extension in October ruled him out of a supermax deal. But still, there is no question Beal and those who support him would probably be disappointed if he fell short. We all remember how his All-Star snub was received in January.

 

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