On Wednesday, the NBA released its All-NBA first, second and third teams. While Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo were both unanimous selections and earned 500 points each, we were more interested in seeing where Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal would fall.
He just missed making the All-NBA Third team, getting a total of 32 points which included three second team votes and 23 third team votes. This was not far behind Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, who had 61 points for his first All-NBA selection and Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, who had 56 points for his ninth overall selection.
Beal averaged 30.5 points and 6.1 assists per game for Washington this season, all during the regular season before the coronavirus pandemic suspension from March to July 2020. He did not play in the Wizards’ season restart in Orlando, officially because of a shoulder injury.
Though Beal put up big numbers, there is a case to be made why he didn’t do enough. First, he played for a team that didn’t make the final 16-team field for the NBA playoffs. The guards (and every member) of this year’s All-NBA team played for a team that was playoff bound. Also, Beal didn’t play in the season restart while other players did.
The Wizards are expected to have many of their young players like Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown Jr. and Thomas Bryant return as well as veteran guard John Wall. Since Beal has steadily improved as an individual, could 2020-21 be the season when he finally makes the All-NBA cut? Let us know in the comments below.