Bradley Beal is now one step closer to representing the United States at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
The Wizards shooting guard was named one of 44 finalists for Team USA on Monday. Only 12 players will be selected for the final roster later this year.
Beal, 26, was chosen for Team USA's training camp last summer, but opted not to attend due to the birth of his son. He also played for Team USA in the youth ranks.
If Beal were chosen for the Olympic roster, he would be the first active Wizards/Bullets player to ever receive the honor. In order to make it happen, he will have to emerge from a talented group of guards that includes the best of the best in the NBA; Stephen Curry, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Russell Westbrook and more.
This season Beal is averaging 29.1 points, 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Wizards. He is fifth in the league in scoring.
Making Team USA is a unique level of basketball royalty. It is more exclusive than the All-Star game where 24 players are selected. And fewer players are picked than the 15 for All-NBA.
The Tokyo Olympics will take place from July 24 through Aug. 9. Twelve nations in total will compete in the basketball tournament, including the host, Japan, who feature Beal's teammate, Rui Hachimura. The Olympics will air on NBC.
It won't be easy for Beal to crack the final 12 for Team USA, but he has made through an important round of the selection process.
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