If the players controlled All-Star voting, Bradley Beal would start in the All-Star Game

Raichele Privette
NBC Sports Washington

On Thursday, the NBA announced it's All-Star starters and based on the early fan voting returns, it was no surprise that Bradley Beal was snubbed from the list. 

Among Eastern Conference guards Beal was ranked ninth by fans and second by players.  

The starters are determined by voting amongst three groups. Fan votes make up 50 percent, current NBA players make up 25 percent and the media makeup is the remaining 25 percent. 

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After the Wizards Thursday night win over the Cavaliers 124-112, Beal voiced his frustration with fan voting. 

Beal went on to explain why he believes that fans should have a smaller percentage of the overall vote. 

 

"It's definitely respect for sure," he said. "You know I always feel that the players and coaches should have a higher more stronger percentage of the votes than fans but to each its own."  

When asked why he feels his name resonates more with the players than the fans he responded:

"We know first hand whose good, we know first hand who's an all-star," he said. "We know first hand whose a bitch to deal with night in and night out. For the fans it's just a popularity contest."

Although Beal missed out as a starter he still has a chance to be selected by coaches as a reserve. The reserves will be announced Thursday, January 30th. 

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