Wizards’ Bradley Beal the first player ever not named All-NBA averaging 30 points, 6 assists
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (and his fiancee) was not happy about being initially left off the All-Star team in February, and he was similarly peeved to be excluded from the All-NBA teams, which were announced on Wednesday.
In the minutes following the announcement of the All-NBA teams, the Wizards star simply re-posted a clip of Sacramento Kings-era DeMarcus Cousins after a 55-point game venting about a lack of recognition.
“I hope the world can see now what’s really going on out here, ’cause it’s getting ridiculous,” Cousins says. “It’s really ridiculous. This is ridiculous man. Ridiculous!”
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) September 16, 2020
Bradley Beal’s omission (from both honorary teams) is likely a result of the Wizards’ team performance, as they slumped to a 25-47 record in the shortened 2019-20 season. However, Beal may have a statistical argument for why he was deserving of inclusion on the Third Team, at least.
ESPN pointed out that Beal is the first player in NBA history to average over 30 points and six assists per game and miss out on an All-NBA nod. In 57 games (all pre-bubble), Beal averaged 30.5 PPG — second in the NBA — along with 6.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game in his eighth NBA campaign.
Beal is obviously fed up with the snubs. Earlier this summer, the two-time All-Star he seemed to call out ESPN Senior Writer Zach Lowe after Lowe said on his podcast that he would vote for Beal for All-NBA, only to change his mind.
As Yahoo Sports noted, Beal’s 30.5 PPG is the highest scoring average for a player left off All-NBA since Bob McAdoo averaged 31.1 PPG for the Buffalo Braves in 1975-76, and it’s the third-highest per game scoring average for non-All-NBA player in basketball history.