The annual All-NBA teams were announced on Wednesday, and with it came everyone’s favorite time on NBA Twitter: Pointing out who got snubbed.
Among the reporters, bloggers and fans was one of the biggest snubs himself, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal. Despite career highs in points (30.5) and assists (6.1) per game, Beal found himself still waiting to hear his name called for his first career All-NBA team.
He didn’t seem very amused by the situation:
Beal likely wasn’t alone in wondering why he didn’t even make the third team despite a strong year. Here’s who else seems to fall in the snub category.
Note: Please don’t take this as an argument that, say, every player listed here deserves to be in over a certain third-teamer or two. We’re just noting which players might have reason to believe they were snubbed.
Here is the list of players to average more than 30 points per game and not make any All-NBA team since the league introduced a third team in 1988:
• Bradley Beal
Yup, that’s the list. The Wizards veteran didn’t even make the All-Star team, despite the fact that he ended up leading the Eastern Conference in scoring and finished second in the entire league behind James Harden.
The counterargument is obvious here. The Wizards were bad. No one expected them to make the playoffs this year and the Wizards emphatically followed through on that expectation by 25-47. However, go ahead and try to imagine where the Wizards would have finished without Beal dropping 30 every other night on pretty efficient shooting.
It sure wouldn’t have been in the bubble.
If Beal is an egregious snub, then the Atlanta Hawks sophomore should qualify as a standard one. Like Beal, Young dominated on offense with 29.6 points and 9.3 assists per game. Also like Beal, Young did this all for a very bad team in the Hawks, even worse than the Wizards at 20-47.
Young at least made an All-Star team unlike Beal, though him missing out on an All-NBA selection could look pretty foolish if we look back on the rise of a promising Hawks core some day. For his part, Young was at least a little more accepting of his snub than Beal:
Rookie of the Year Ja Morant, on the other hand, had something to say about Beal and Young both not making the list.
The big thing for Young to work on will be his defense, which has been notoriously bad through his first two years in the league.
It sure seems like the Phoenix Suns star could be grouped with Beal and Young as an elite scorer with defensive limitations on a very bad team, though the only thing separating him from an All-NBA selection might have been the decision to not count the bubble games.
Booker’s eight-game run in Orlando in which he led the Suns to an 8-0 record was a star-making performance, but at least he got first-team All-Bubble recognition.
OK, yes, this snub sure looks fine now that we’ve seen the Milwaukee Bucks get bounced from the playoffs while looking like a fundamentally flawed team.
But the All-NBA teams are supposed to cover the regular season, and the Bucks were absurdly good then. The Los Angeles Lakers’ pair of LeBron James and Anthony Davis both made the first team, but the Bucks’ lone representation was Giannis Antetokounmpo, also on the first team.
Middleton has long been Antetkounmpo’s sidekick, and the Bucks’ NBA-best 56-17 record was partially thanks to a year in which Middleton posted career highs in points, assists and rebounds per game plus field goal and free throw percentage while throwing in his usual strong defense. You’d think that growth would count for something.
You could probably slot someone like Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns or Domantas Sabonis in here as well, but the main point of this section is to note that at least one more center should have been selected.
Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert — the best offensive and defensive centers in the league — were deserving picks for the second and third team, but the first team was notably lacking in a position that has been increasingly marginalized in the modern NBA.
The nominal center of the first team is Davis, but that seems like a very silly designation considering the Lakers star went out of his way to not play center this season. He reportedly pushed his team to make sure he would have a true big man playing alongside him for the season, and that’s what happened.
JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard ended up starting all but one game this season, and averaged 35.5 minutes per game together. That changed in the playoffs against the small ball Houston Rockets, but, again, this is a regular-season award, and Davis simply wasn’t a center during the regular season.
For reference, here are this year’s All-NBA selections:
All-NBA First Team:
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
All-NBA Second Team
Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder
Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
All-NBA Third Team
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets
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It’s finally here! We’ve spent the last 49 days since the Qualifying Round began watching the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs and we’ve now arrived at the Cup Final. It’s the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Dallas Stars.
Four of us had the Lightning in the Cup Final, three of which have them winning. The Avalanche and the Golden Knights were a popular pick, but none of us had the Stars here. Heck, only Jake had Dallas beating the Flames in the First Round. But Rick Bowness’ team has had quite the run through three rounds and are now four wins away from their first title since 2000. Will they do it? Or will Jon Cooper and Tampa win their first championship since 2004?
Give us your Stanley Cup predictions in the comments. Here are ours:
James O’Brien, NHL writer: Lightning in 7 (Conn Smythe: Brayden Point). Much like Brayden Point’s body, my plan to stick with my preseason picks as far as they’ll go feels pretty battered and bruised right now. Then again, it was still easier — and a more interesting thought experiment — to stick with that through thick and thin than, say, actually having to choose between the Bolts or the Bruins. I’m extremely uncomfortable with this because a) the Stars are far more rested, b) they’re quite good, and c) Point is far from 100%, but the Lightning seem willing to push through everything to finally win a Stamkos-Kucherov-era Stanley Cup. Maybe they can just have big ice packs for seats during the team plane ride out of Edmonton? (Could keep the adult beverages cold.)
Sean Leahy, NHL writer: Lightning in 7 (Conn Smythe: Andrei Vasilevskiy). When Tampa got embarrassed last postseason, GM Julien BriseBois got aggressive and improved his roster over the following nine months. In came Pat Maroon, Blake Coleman, Barclay Goodrow, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Zach Bogosian. They weren’t eyebrow-raising moves, but additions that solidified areas that needed a boost. Each of those players has played a vital role in this run to the Cup Final and Jon Cooper is getting Conn Smythe worthy performances from Brayden Point and Andrei Vasilevskiy. Those are all huge with Steven Stamkos remaining out of the lineup. The question is which Stars team will we see? The high-scoring one earlier in the postseason or the shutdown dynamos we’ve seen recently? Solving Anton Khudobin will be the first thing for Tampa to handle and, unlike what we saw from Vegas, finishing their chances will be important.
[NBC 2020 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF HUB]
Adam Gretz, NHL writer: Lightning in 6 (Conn Smythe: Brayden Point). I just think this is their year. The Capitals finally broke through and got their championship two years ago, the Blues did it last year, and the Lightning are going to do it this year. They have made it this far and been this dominant without their captain and one of their best players playing a single game in the playoffs, and that is just remarkable to me. This team is so deep, so talented, and has so many different people that can beat you that I just do not know if the Stars can match that. The Stars have absolutely earned their spot here, and I do not think this is going to be a lopsided series by any means, but I just think Tampa Bay has too much.
Michael Finewax, Rotoworld Senior Hockey Writer/Editor: Lightning in 7. (Conn Smythe: Andrei Vasilevskiy). I have picked against Dallas in the three previous rounds, and while I’m going against them once again, I think that it will be a close series with Game 7 possibly going into overtime. Tampa Bay is a stronger team all-around, even with Steven Stamkos on the sidelines. Victor Hedman has been outstanding in the playoffs while Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat have been a much better first line than whatever the Stars can throw at them. Anton Khudobin has stood on his head to get the Stars to this point and Dallas has the best young defenseman in the game in Miro Heiskanen. Dallas needs Tyler Seguin to start scoring if they are to send the Stanley Cup Final to its limit. It should be a great series as the Islanders really wore down the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final. It should be a doozy of a Stanley Cup!
Jake Abrahams, Managing Editor, NHL content: Lightning in 6 (Conn Smythe: Andrei Vasilevskiy). When we published our Stanley Cup picks last month at the start of the 16-team playoff tournament, I had the Lightning as my champion in 6 games with Andrei Vasilevskiy as my Conn Smythe winner. While I got the West champion wrong (Vegas), I’m sticking with my original choice for Cup champ and playoff MVP. Tampa has cleared hurdle after hurdle in these playoffs, first by exorcising their Blue Jackets demons, then by toppling the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins, and most recently by securing their spot in the final with a gritty win over the pesky Islanders. This Lightning group feels determined and ready to finally break through. And it all starts with Vasilevskiy, who has played every minute of every game this postseason.
2020 STANLEY CUP FINAL (Rogers Place – Edmonton)
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars
Game 1: Saturday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Game 2: Monday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Game 3: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Game 4: Friday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m. ET – NBC
*Game 5: Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m. ET – NBC
*Game 6: Monday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. ET – NBC
*Game 7: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. ET – NBC
Watch the Lightning-Stars stream on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
Lightning vs. Stars: PHT’s Stanley Cup Final predictions originally appeared on NBCSports.com
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