Bradley Beal put on a show during the 2014 NBA Three Point Shooting Contest and was ultimately the contest's runner up. But it looks it won't be enough to get him a repeat appearance.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the NBA has confirmed that Golden State Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson; Atlanta Hawks swingman Kyle Korver; Portland Trail Blazers swingman Wesley Matthews, and Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick are slated to participate. San Antonio Spurs forward Marco Belinelli won the contest last year, and confirmed to the San Antonio Express-News he will defend his title this year. Unless the NBA plans on adding more participants or needs an injury replacement, it appears Beal won't have a chance to improve on last year's performance.
There is one trait that all of the current participants have which Beal doesn't. All rank in the Top-7 for total three point shots made this season and have made at least 113 threes during the season.
Beal missed some games earlier this season due to injury, and has made only 64 threes, good for 47th this season. Sure, it's partly due to the fact that he has missed some games early this season. Even if he played every game this season, it's unlikely that he would be in the Top-10 for three point shots made with just over half of the season in the books.
On the other hand, Beal is seventh in three point percentage since he made 44.1 percent of his threes, and Rasual Butler is fourth in that department as he made 45.3 percent of his shots.
This comes as a disappointment, because we won't get to see this:
But at least with a long All-Star Break, Beal should be ready to hit the ground running as the Wizards make their playoff push.