Scott Brooks happy to see Bradley Beal finally get respect in All-Star votes

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Brooks happy to see Beal finally get respect in All-Star votes originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Head coach Scott Brooks has had to answer questions many times in recent years about Bradley Beal not getting recognized in league awards, so on Friday he was pleased to share his reaction to Beal leading Eastern Conference guards in the first round of NBA All-Star fan voting.

With 1,273,817 votes, Beal leads Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving in first by roughly 180,000 votes. In last year's first results release, he was ninth among East guards with just 149,640 votes. He was also ninth in the first release the season before with 61,269 votes.

That means Beal has about 8 1/2 times as many votes as he did at this point last year and almost 20 times what he had two years ago.

"I thought it was very cool. Well-deserved," Brooks said. "The guy is one of the best players in basketball. Guards, forwards, centers; it doesn’t matter. He’s an all-pro player. It was great to see."

Fans account for half of All-Star voting, which determines who starts the game. The other half is split between the media and players. The Wizards haven't had an All-Star starter since John Wall in 2015.

Beal will have to keep getting votes from fans, then do well with media and player votes to become a starter. He's been an All-Star twice before, but has never started the game.

"That he’s getting recognition from the fan vote is huge. Hopefully that continues," Brooks said. "He deserves to be on the team regardless of our record with how he’s led, how he’s continued to get us moving in the right direction. We’ve still got some time to improve on our record before the game."

Beal is leading the NBA in scoring this season, averaging 34.8 points per game. He has been near the top of the league in scoring each of the past two years, but has underperformed in voting, possibly due to the Wizards' record.

Not this year, at least so far.