Bradley Beal leaked as 2018 NBA All-Star Game reserve
Bradley Beal just had one of his basketball dreams come true.
But that’s not all. Beal will also compete in the weekend’s three-point contest, per Buckner.
On Tuesday, Beal, the Washington Wizards shooting guard, learned that he has been selected as a first-time all-star by Eastern Conference head coaches, according to a person familiar with the situation. Beal, who shoots 36.8 percent from the arc, will also compete in the Three-Point Shootout held during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Feb. 17.
The achievement marks an overdue reward for Beal, a rising star in the league.
Beal has played at an All-Star level for the entire season so far. He’s averaging career highs in points (23.6), made field goals (8.6), rebounds (4.3) and assists (3.7), per Basketball-Reference. He is also shooting 36.8 percent from the three-point line this season. While that is not a career high, it is still solid.
In reality, percentages and averages don’t matter too much. It’s clear that NBA coaches believe he has played very well and is an important cog in the Wizards machine. That may be enough to get him a nod.
Beal must be ecstatic that he is going to participate in his first All-Star weekend. Players really do care about these types of personal accolades, and oftentimes their coaches will lobby to the media and others to get their good players in the game.
Now that Beal is officially an All-Star, he can set his sights on what is likely his next goal: an NBA title.