For the second straight season, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal is heading to the NBA All-Star Game.
Beal was named an Eastern Conference reserve on Thursday night in a TV special aired on TNT. The 14 total All-Star reserves, seven for the East and seven for the West, were voted in by NBA coaches.
Beal, 25, will represent the Wizards in Charlotte in the Feb. 17 showcase. It is the first time he will go as their only All-Star and the sixth straight year the Wizards will have at least one get the honor.
Through 51 games this season, Beal is averaging 24.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists, all career-highs. He is fifth in the East in scoring and first among guards.
Beal also has yet to miss a game this year while several of his teammates have missed extended time due to injury. That includes starting point guard John Wall, who was lost for the season, and starting center Dwight Howard, who has only played in nine games.
While Washington has dealt with injuries, tough losses and have made a series of trades this season, Beal has been a mainstay. He has led the way in their recent surge of nine wins in 16 games.
Beal will now be in a pool of players for the Feb. 7 All-Star draft. Captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will each pick 11 players for their team, regardless of conference.
Last year, Beal played on Team LeBron. He scored 14 points in 17 minutes on 5-of-10 shooting and 4-for-8 from three.
Becoming a two-time All-Star is no small accomplishment for Beal. He joins some of the best players in recent franchise history to get two All-Star nods including Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.
Wall is tied with Wes Unseld and Gus Johnson for second in Wizards/Bullets history with five appearances. The franchise record is eight, held by Elvin Hayes.
Beal, though, is one of only two players the Wizards have drafted to make the All-Star team since 2000. Wall is the other.
Beal was taken by the Wizards with the third overall pick back in 2012. He battled injuries early on in his career, but has since blossomed into one of the best guards in the league. Getting this honor further cements him as one of the best players the franchise has produced in many years.
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