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Star NBA draft prospect Michael Porter, Jr. likely out for season with back injury

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Star NBA draft prospect Michael Porter, Jr. likely out for season with back injury

There was a potentially major development in the 2018 NBA Draft on Tuesday, as news broke that star Missouri freshman Michael Porter, Jr. will undergo back surgery that could keep him out for the rest of the season.

Porter, 19, will have a "microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs," according to the school.

Porter played in just one game, and for only two minutes, after entering this season as one of the top recruits in the nation.

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A 6-foot-10 forward, Porter is projected by most mock drafts to be a top five pick. He is highly skilled for his size with the ability to shoot and handle the ball.

It's too early to project how much this will affect his draft status, but injuries this serious often cause players to slide.

Nerlens Noel tore his ACL as a freshman at Kentucky and was picked sixth the following summer despite once being considered the top prospect in the draft.

Joel Embiid suffered a back injury as a freshman at Kansas, yet was still taken third in a what was a deep class. It depends on the injury and the potential of the player.

There's a chance Porter returns this season. He has a recovery timeline of three-to-four months, which means he could be back in March. But with hopefully a long NBA career ahead of him, it wouldn't seem wise to risk it.

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

Jay Gruden said during the offseason that the thing that scared him most was not having a good center and a backup available. The coach probably is terrified now.

Spencer Long, who started the season at center, is headed to injured reserve. He has been battling tendonitis in his knees for several weeks and, apparently, an injured quad muscle. Gruden said that Long will have surgery to fix the quad.

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Rookie Chase Roullier has been playing well in Long’s absence but he will be on the shelf at least this week. He broke a bone in his hand against the Saints and, according to a report, he has had surgery to repair it. While he has not been ruled out it seems likely that he will miss at least this game, if not more.

The Redskins’ third option is veteran journeyman Tony Bergstrom. It looks like he will start at center against the Giants on Thursday. The Redskins are Bergstrom’s fourth team in four seasons in the league. He has started four games, all for the Raiders in 2012 and 2015. Bergstrom signed with the Redskins about four weeks ago.

Bergstrom’s backup will be Demetrius Rhaney, who was just signed. He started one game for the Rams after they drafted him in the seventh round in 2014.

As expected, both Chris Thompson and Terrelle Pryor are headed to injured reserve. In addition to signing Rhaney, the team will promote LB Pete Robertson and RB LeShun Daniels from the practice squad. Earlier this week they re-signed DL A.J. Francis. They will have to drop one player from the 53-man roster before all of these moves are made official.

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By-The-Numbers: Beal on pace to join a 'who's who' of all-time NBA marksmen

By-The-Numbers: Beal on pace to join a 'who's who' of all-time NBA marksmen

Wizards guard Bradley Beal made history on Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks when he became the youngest NBA player ever to reach 700 career three-pointers.

Here are some notes and numbers to put his accomplishment into perspective...

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Beal was the youngest to get to 700 threes by just four days, beating out - you guessed it - J.R. Smith. Okay, that was unexpected. The top five as a whole, however, is some great company for Beal to be associated with:

Bradley Beal - 24 years, 145 days
J.R. Smith - 24 years, 149 days
Kevin Durant - 24 years, 198 days
Gilbert Arenas - 24 years, 316 days
Kyrie Irving - 24 years, 364 days

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Beal hit another three against the Bucks and now has 701 total in his career.

That's tied for fourth-most among NBA players before their 25th birthday. It's the same list of names as above with Arenas having the most at 779. Beal has to hit 79 more threes by the end of this season to pass him, as Beal turns 25 in June.

That is definitely feasible.

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Beal is one of only 35 players in NBA history to reach 700 threes while shooting 39 percent or better. The list is a 'who's who' of the best three-point shooters of all-time like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Ray Allen and Reggie Miller.

Beal, by the way, has shot at a couple percentage points higher than Miller and Dennis Scott.

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The list of players who have 700 or more while making at least two threes per game is even more exclusive.

Only 15 players can say that about themselves and 12 of the 15 are active. The three who aren't are Allen, Arenas and Peja Stojakovic.

The contemporaries include Curry, Thompson, James Harden, Isaiah Thomas and Damian Lillard.

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Beal is one of only two players in Wizards/Bullets franchise history to reach the 700 career three-pointers mark.

Arenas has the franchise record with 868 and he and Beal are far and away the best. Antawn Jamison is third with 646. Here is the top five:

Gilbert Arenas, 868
Bradley Beal, 701
Antawn Jamison, 646
Chris Whitney, 489
John Wall, 445

Arenas and Beal are also the only two players in franchise history to average two more or more threes made per game. 

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Beal has the highest three-point percentage in franchise history among players with at least 400 attempts. Martell Webster (39.7%), Brent Price (39.5%) and Otto Porter (39.5%) are right behind him.

Via Basketball-Reference.com