NBA Writers Just Screwed Klay Thompson and Bradley Beal With All-NBA Vote

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards drives on Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on October 24, 2018 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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If there are any losers to come out of the All-NBA vote, they're Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson and Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal.

The two prolific shooters were snubbed by the voters at every level, thus depriving them of the massive paydays.

Thompson and Beal are ineligible for super maximum contract extensions this summer, while Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker, who both made an All-NBA team, are.

The case for Lillard is understandable. He's the face of the Portland Trail Blazers and practically willed them to the Western Conference Finals. That's no excuse for Thompson's absence, though.

Thompson, perhaps one of the most underappreciated players in the entire NBA and an All-Star for the fifth consecutive year, averaged 21.5 points per game on 46.7% shooting this year, all while sharing the ball with Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.

It's also disrespectful that Kemba Walker, who fared marginally better as the top scoring option on the Charlotte Hornets, was voted in over him.

Beal's snub is equally mystifying. An All-Star this year as well, he matched Walker's 25.6 points per game, was a far more effective shooter, and finished with more win shares (7.6) than Walker (7.4).

At least one, if not both, of Thompson and Beal deserved recognition for their efforts.

Instead, the two have been outright robbed of the massive paydays that they so richly deserve.