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Kevin Durant backs Bradley Beal for All-NBA teams, wants change in awards voting

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Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant believes Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal should make one of the three All-NBA teams this season.

Beal finished the 2019-20 season second in points per game behind only Houston Rockets star James Harden. The Wizards guard called out ESPN’s Zach Lowe last week for lying to him about voting for him for one of the All-NBA teams.

Durant, who didn’t play at all this 2019-20, said he’d like to see a panel of ex-coaches or ex-players involved in choosing awards moving forward.

“To me, if you’re averaging 30 points a game, you’ve gotta be one of the 15 best players in the league,” Kevin Durant said about Bradley Beal’s All-NBA case during an interview on Elite Media Group’s Play For Keeps Podcast (via SNY).

“That’s hard to do. I know the pace and more shots up and it’s somewhat easier to do (in today’s game) but it’s still hard to average 30.”

Beal isn’t playing for the Wizards at Disney World due to a shoulder injury. He averaged 30.5 points per game in 57 starts this season while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line.

There was a time when Washington fans were dreaming about having a Big 3 of Durant, Beal and John Wall in the nation’s capital since KD is from Maryland. However, Durant didn’t even meet with the Wizards when he was a free agent in 2016. The two-time Finals has been quoted as saying he has never been interested in playing for his hometown team.