With the way the NBA All-Star voting has gone, it's growing less and less likely that Bradley Beal makes the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference.
He's currently ninth among guards and 14th overall in the East, and while fan voting only counts for half of the equation for All-Star starters, Beal's best path to Chicago is making it as a reserve.
The league's head coaches decide who the reserves are. Scott Brooks isn't allowed to vote for his own player, but you have to think Beal will get plenty of consideration based on his production this season while leading the Wizards without John Wall.
But the competition is stiff for East guards, and the fact that the Wizards have a bottom-five record in the league could lead to lesser players making it over him. On the latest episode of the Wizards Talk Podcast, Chris Miller asked Bleacher Report's Howard Beck if Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie deserves to make it as a reserve over Beal.
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"I'm not putting [Dinwiddie] in the conversation at the moment," Beck said. "But when I'm looking over all of this, the position that has been the toughest for me is the guard spot in the East."
Dinwiddie has had a breakout season filling in for the injured Kyrie Irving. He's averaging 22 points, 6.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds while keeping the Nets afloat and in the playoff picture with Irving and Kevin Durant sidelined.
But let's be real. Beal should play in the All-Star game. He's one of the five best players in the conference and is averaging career numbers in the first full season as a No. 1 option.
"Beal to me is a lock to make it one way or the other," Beck said. "I don't think the [Wizards'] record should matter. I think for the All-Star game, team record is like a tiebreaker. So I'm not going to disqualify Beal, or Trae Young or Brandon Ingram because they're on bad teams."
By the end of Beck's riff about Beal, Miller changed his mind on Dinwiddie.
"You've convinced me, Brad's in," Miller said.
January 23rd is the magical date for all things All-Star game. After the starters are announced that night, the leading vote-getter from each conference drafts their teams. As of now, it looks like we'll have back-to-back years of Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. LeBron James.
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