With the NBA season set to resume at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, its time for some players to solidify their season-long dominance and make cases for end of the year awards.
Memphis Grizzlies' point guard Ja Morant will be looking to cement his case for Rookie of the Year over New Orleans Pelicans' forward Zion Williamson.
Los Angeles Lakers point forward, LeBron James will continue to make a run for MVP, while before the season's suspension it was Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo's to lose.
And then there's Bradley Beal. One of only two players in the NBA averaging 30-plus points per game (James Harden - Houston Rockets). Beal, who was the most notable All-Star snub of the 2019-2020 NBA season (arguably the biggest in NBA history), suddenly has a chance to show the ignorant just how elite of a player he is.
" [Bradley] Beal didn't make the All-Star team but he has a great chance of making an All-NBA team," former Wizard Drew Gooden said on the latest episode of the Wizards Talk podcast.
"Even if this season was completely over, he's on my list as a top-15 player this season."
"Beal already this season had the highest scoring average ever at the break for a player not named an All-Star. He has a chance to do essentially the same with All-NBA," NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes said back in March.
"Beal's season scoring average of 30.5 points per game is not far off from the record for a non-All-NBA player. That record belongs to former Bullet Walt Bellamy, who put up 31.6 points per game in 1961-62 and was left off the list."
Bellamy's Packers missed the postseason that year with an 18-62 record. Just imagine what making the postseason would do for Beal's All-NBA case -- especially under this new format, after 146 days of no basketball.
All-NBA aspirations aren't farfetched at all, we should be talking MVP. Just ask NBC Sports Tom Haberstroh.
"He's one of the best players in the NBA," Haberstroh said. "In normal seasons without [Giannis] Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic and [James] Harden playing incredible basketball, this guy would be an MVP candidate."
"He's an efficient and electric scorer. He takes it to the rack and he gets his teammates involved," Haberstroh continued.
"More people, not just in D.C. need to be paying attention to a star in Bradley Beal."
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