Haberstroh defends Bradley Beal after Wizards guard is picked last in All-Star draft

Haberstroh defends Bradley Beal after Wizards guard is picked last in All-Star draft originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com

After being selected to his second consecutive All-Star Game and with the knowledge that this year's All-Star draft would be televised, Bradley Beal made his position clear during the "Wizards Talk" podcast with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller.

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"You can pick me last. Ain't no shame in my game because, guess what?" Beal said. "I'm still here and I'm still gonna play."

On Thursday he was indeed selected last, passed up on by captain Giannis Antetokoumpo and chosen by captain LeBron James to join an All-Star squad that also includes players like Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis.

Not that Beal needed any defenders, but he has one in NBC Sports national NBA insider Tom Haberstroh, who was surprised by the development.

"I think Bradley Beal is much better than being the last pick of this draft," Haberstroh said. "I think if he comes out and balls out, I would not be surprised. He's got the chip on his shoulder, I think, and the Wizards are going to want to see him show out in this All-Star Game and I think he deserves it."

Beal was selected as an All-Star reserve for the Eastern Conference after averaging 24.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists so far this season.

He has shouldered more of the offensive load since point guard John Wall underwent season-ending surgery to repair bone spurs in his heel. Wall has since ruptured his Achilles tendon and his 2019-20 season is in jeopardy, as well. After that news concerning Wall, Washington shook things up at the trade deadline, shipping Otto Porter to Chicago.

That will lead to even more placed on Beal's shoulders.

"Bradley Beal, listen man. You've got a believer in me," Haberstroh continued. "If it's not LeBron James and Giannis Antetokoumpo, I really like your game and I think you're gonna do really well for the rest of the season even without John Wall and Otto Porter."


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