On Tuesday, the NBA announced that Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal was named to the All-NBA Third Team.
Beal averaged 31.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game for Washington, who made the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs this season. This is the first such honor for Beal in his NBA career, and he is the first Wizards player since John Wall (2016-17) to make the All-NBA team.
Washington was pretty close to having two players make the All-NBA team. Russell Westbrook received the most votes out of all guards who did not make the All-NBA team despite averaging a triple-double for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
In a statement released by the Wizards, Beal said the following:
I am humbled and honored to be named to the All-NBA Third Team. I would not be able to achieve this honor without my coaching staff, teammates, and our great fans who gave me unbelievable support during an unprecedented season. I am excited to get back to work this summer and building on what we were able to accomplish.
I can’t complain too much about the way that results went this season. Beal was the NBA’s leading scorer until the final days of this season and played a major role in keeping the Wizards relevant this season, at least as playoff contenders.