Wizards guard Bradley Beal named NBA All-Star starter

Washington Wizards star guard and current NBA scoring leader Bradley Beal has been named to the starting All-Star team for the first time in his career.

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Although Beal has made three teams – he’s never before been a starter. The former Florida Gator was famously snubbed by All-Star voters last year.

Beal – who’s currently on top of the league’s leaders, scoring 32.8 points per game – tallied nearly 3.5 million fan votes, the most among Eastern Conference guards. 

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He finished first among guards in the media and player voting.

"It is truly an honor to be selected to start in the All-Star game for the first time in my career. I want to thank the fans, media and players for selecting me to represent the Wizards organization during the All-Star festivities in Atlanta. I also want to thank my teammates, coaches, the entire organization, and our fans who are still supporting us through this unprecedented season," he said.

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The NBA All-Star game is scheduled for March 7 in Atlanta.