Bradley Beal sent some tweets last week that suggested he had seen his lack of early All-NBA votes from national writers. On Sunday, he gave his full thoughts on the matter while serving as a guest analyst on the Wizards-Nets broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.
Beal seems to be most confused by the voting process which is based on the opinion of media members.
"I honestly feel like I should be on there. Granted, I understand why if you are going to factor in winning. We haven't won. From that standpoint, I get it. But other than that, I don't see any argument," he said.
Beal, 27, leads the Eastern Conference in scoring with 30.5 points per game. But the Wizards' 24-40 record in the season's first installment certainly didn't help his cause.
He also alluded to the format which includes specific positional assignments. Some have said the league should not factor in position for All-NBA voting, though that has traditionally hurt centers more than anyone else.
"I could complain a million different times for a million different reasons. But I honestly feel like our game should always speak for itself. I feel like the players always know, the coaches know. So, in that regard, I don't get too uptight about it. I do get upset about it because I do feel like it's a respect factor," Beal said.
"You understand talent, you understand how hard I work. There's always a criteria for things. If I were to say three years ago what is the criteria for making All-Star, it wouldn't be you have to win 50 games. It wouldn't be you have to win or be in the playoffs. It's always something that changes."
Beal, of course, didn't make the All-Star team this season. To be fair, All-NBA teams won't officially be announced until later this year. It's just that the votes which have been made public do not suggest his odds are good.
If Beal doesn't make All-NBA, he will have the highest scoring average for a player to fall short since 1976. So, he certainly has some reason to be frustrated.
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