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NBA All-Star 2021: Bradley Beal named a starter for the first time in his career

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This is the third time he has been named to the All-Star team overall.

Denver Nuggets v Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal is named an All-Star starter for the first time and third time overall
Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

Earlier today, or more like just now, I wrote that the NBA All-Star Game was happening after all, but without fans. I also forgot that it was past 7 p.m. when I wrote it because the starting lineups were going to be done then.

I turned off Twitter and my email just so I could write about the game in and of itself, just in case Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal was named an All-Star starter with this quote.

The NBA will announce starting lineups on Thursday, Feb. 18 and I will get to the lineups in another post which I will write shortly if the lineups are named. I honestly don’t know them right now. That’s one of the beauties of writing an article without Twitter going off in the background.

After that piece published, I checked my email and saw that Beal was named to the team today. after all right as I was typing the previous piece. But I felt that both storylines deserved their own pieces anyway.

So without further ado, here is the full list of starters:

Eastern Conference

  • Bradley Beal (Wizards)
  • Kyrie Irving (Nets)
  • Kevin Durant (Nets)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
  • Joel Embiid (76ers)

Western Conference

  • Stephen Curry (Warriors)
  • Luka Doncic (Mavericks)
  • LeBron James (Lakers)
  • Nikola Jokic (Nuggets)
  • Kawhi Leonard (Clippers)

The All-Star Game is no longer an East vs. West affair but a team of two drafts where the team captains are the top two vote recipients from each conference, who are LeBron James for the Western Conference and Kevn Durant for the Eastern Conference.

The Draft will be held on Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

Congratulations Brad!