When the 2019 NBA All-Star Game starters are revealed on Thursday, it’s possible that Bradley Beal will not be among the 10 players announced.
The fan vote accounts for 50% of the decision on starters, and Beal ranks tenth among Eastern Conference guards in the latest voting tally. The fan voting has historically been considered a popularity contest, and the popularity of a few players can greatly manipulate who ends up starting.
Still, there are plenty of people out there, including ESPN’s Zach Lowe, who named Beal as a starter in the 2019 All-Star Game this season.
Even if Beal does not get the starting nod, it seems highly likely the coaches will vote him in as an All-Star reserve for the second straight season. Through 46 games, Beal is averaging career-highs in points (24.7), rebounds (5.0), and assists (5.0) per game. His 24.7 points rank 13th overall in the NBA and sixth in the East this season. Beal has 36 games of 20 or more points, and joins Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Jrue Holiday, and Kyrie Irving as the only guards to average 20-plus points, four-plus rebounds, four-plus assists, and 45.0% shooting or better this season.