Wizards’ Bradley Beal Opens Up on Being Snubbed From Last Season’s NBA All-Star Game

Published 02/19/2021, 10:53 AM EST
Jan 1, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) celebrates after drawing a foul against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA recently announced the starters for the 2021 NBA All-Star game. Washington Wizards superstar Bradley Beal finally made the cut, after being snubbed from the honors last season. This marks Beal’s third time being an NBA All-Star and his debut as a starter.

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He has been nothing but sensational over the last few seasons. Beal is currently leading the league in scoring with 32.8 points per game. However, the Wizards as a unit are struggling to keep up with Beal.

As a result, they are just 9-17 in the season and hold the 13th seed in the league. Can the Wizards make a comeback in the second half of the season? That remains an enormous question at this point.

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Bradley Beal talks about being an NBA All-Star starter

Feb 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after making a free-throw during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

After the NBA All-Star starters were announced, Bradley Beal joined analyst Ernie Smith for an interview. In the interview, he spoke about his All-Star snub from the last season. Beal stated:

Man, it’s a blessing for sure. For me, realizing that they picked the 24 best guys in the league. There are so many guys who are deserving to be here, you know, deserving to play the game and there are guys who are more than deserving to start. So I never take that for granted. You know I’m truly honored and thankful for the fans that voted.”

Beal further continued if missing this opportunity last season worked as a motivation for him.

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Last year it was definitely tough being snubbed and definitely I guess in a way it served as a little bit of motivation coming into this year. Just constantly putting in the work and trusting my work ethic, trusting my the work I put in and just let my game speak for itself.”

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Last season, it was a huge surprise not to see Beal in the All-Star weekend. However, this year, the 27-year-old will be there in Atlanta and fans will be looking forward to see him in action. Do you think Beal can win the All-Star MVP this year? Feel free to share your views in the comments section down below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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