Bradley Beal leads all East guards in first round of All-Star fan voting

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Beal leads all East guards in first round of All-Star fan voting originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Wizards guard Bradley Beal is apparently becoming one of the most popular players in the NBA. 

The league's leading scorer has the most All-Star fan votes of any Eastern Conference guard so far, as the league released its first round of results on Thursday. In fact, he's ahead by a lot.

Beal leads second-place Kyrie Irving and third-place James Harden, both of the Brooklyn Nets, by close to 200,000 votes. He is ahead of teammate Russell Westbrook, who is ninth among East guards, by over a million votes.

That is a surprising development given the Wizards' history in All-Star fan voting. Outside of John Wall being voted in as a starter in 2015, they have usually had a tough time getting votes, Beal in particular.

If Beal maintains this lead, he will likely be a starter for the East. Fan voting makes up 50 percent of the equation with the media and players splitting the other half.

Beal has made the All-Star team twice in his career, but never as a starter. He was not voted in as a reserve by coaches the past two years.

This year, Beal leads all NBA players with 34.8 points per game. He is also averaging 5.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 48.5 percent from the field.

That is evidently enough to overcome the Wizards' 5-13 record this season. In the past two years, it hasn't helped his cause that the Wizards have lost more games than they have won.

Beal, though, has continued to get better and now he's finally getting rewarded for it by NBA fans.