Bradley Beal enters break with highest scoring average ever for a non-All-Star

Mike DePrisco
NBC Sports Washington

Bradley Beal might now have a claim for being the biggest All-Star snub of all time. 

Entering Wednesday night's game against the Knicks, Beal was averaging a career-high 29.1 points. With 13 points, he would secure the highest scoring average at the break for a player who was not named an All-Star. 

Before the end of the first half at Madison Square Garden, Beal did it at the free-throw line after getting fouled by Knicks center Mitchell Robinson at the rim. 

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The Wizards star now passes World B. Free, who averaged 28.7 points heading into the All-Star break in 178-79 with the San Diego Clippers.

Free finished that season out averaging 28.8 points, 4.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds, earning him All-NBA honors. All-NBA is more important than getting named to an All-Star team, and it's reasonable to think Beal could follow in Free's footsteps and earn himself an All-NBA selection this year. 

Also, after his snub in 1978-79, Free turned around the following season and took his game to another level. He finished the season averaging over 30 points and was indeed selected to the All-Star game even though his team was worse than the season prior. 

The Wizards figure to be a better team next season with John Wall back in the fold. Maybe winning more games will get Beal back in the All-Star game, but if he can maintain near the same scoring production next season, it'll be really hard to leave him off again in 2021. 

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