If Bradley Beal is going to make his third straight All-Star team, it won't be as a starter. The NBA announced the five starters from each conference on Thursday night and Beal was not one of them.
The starting guards from the East are Kemba Walker of the Celtics and Trae Young of the Hawks. They are joined by Pascal Siakam of the Raptors, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and Joel Embiid of the Sixers.
The West starters are James Harden of the Rockets, Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers, Luka Doncic of the Mavs and both LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Lakers. Antetokounmpo and James will be the team captains for the All-Star draft on Feb. 6.
All-Star starters are determined by a voting system that includes input from fans, media and fellow players. Coaches then choose the reserves, which will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 30 next week.
That means Beal still has a path towards becoming an All-Star and there is a solid chance that happens given his numbers. He is averaging 27.5 points, 6.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. His points are third in the East and his assists are 10th.
Beal will have to emerge from a group of Eastern Conference guards that includes Ben Simmons of the Sixers, Malcolm Brogdon of the Pacers, Zach LaVine of the Bulls, Kyle Lowry of the Raptors and Kyrie Irving of the Nets. The fact Beal has already been a two-time All-Star should help his cause.
If Beal gets in, he will become the ninth player in Wizards/Bullets franchise history to make at least three All-Star teams.
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