Though the final results and announcement won't be made until later this year, the early votes made public do not paint a pretty picture for Bradley Beal's chances of making All-NBA. That is despite him averaging 30.5 points per game, second in the NBA and first in the Eastern Conference.
If the votes from national writers representing ESPN, the Athletic and the Ringer are any indication, Beal is going to miss out on the award and have the highest scoring average for a player not named All-NBA in 45 years. The now-distinct potential for that to happen is difficult for Wizards head coach Scott Brooks to understand.
"I'm disappointed. Our team is disappointed. Our organization is disappointed, if that's the case," Brooks said. "But we're still hopeful, we're still hopeful that he will get one of the three teams."
Brooks has explained several times in recent months why he thinks Beal should be named All-NBA. Chief among his reasons is the way opposing defenses treat him with double-teams in every single game. He gets the respect of an All-NBA player from other teams.
What has apparently held Beal back is, for one, his defense, as many of the voters pointed to in their ballot reveals. But also, clearly, team success played a factor.
If Beal was on even a .500 team, it seems obvious there is no way he would be left off the list. But the Wizards are 24-40, despite ranking ninth in the East.
Brooks alluded to the situation Beal played through this season and how the way he handled it was impressive when seen up close.
"It's hard for me to think that there are 15 better players this past season than Brad. The guy has exhibited his leadership and his ability to take a team that we knew going into the season we were probably not going to have John Wall, who is one of the premier players in the league," Brooks said.
"What he's done, obviously the 30 points (per game), the six assists (per game), the rebounds, and his leadership; to me, it's hard to say there are 15 players that had a better year than he has this year."
Brooks remains optimistic the rest of the ballots will treat Beal differently. But in addition to the ones made public, the Athletic published a collection of anonymous votes that represent 29 of the 100 total ballots. It doesn't look good for Beal.
If he doesn't make it, Brooks hopes he uses it as motivation just like he has with other slights in the past.
"I know Brad, he will chalk it up to that's how it is. He has to get better and improve and he will come back even better next year," Brooks said.
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Scott Brooks finds Bradley Beal's lack of All-NBA votes disappointing originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington