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2016 NBA Draft: Winners and Losers

2016 NBA Draft: Winners and Losers

It takes a handful of seasons before we know which teams and players emerge as winners and losers following every NBA Draft.

Because internet pages must be filled, we ponder who rocked and who got rolled right away.

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Winner - Oklahoma City. Moving Serge Ibaka for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to Domantas Sabonis means greater depth in pursuit of an NBA Finals appearance and a true theft. Pairing Oladipo with Russell Westbrook means the Thunder have the NBA's most athletic backcourt. Adding these pieces means OKC has enough depth for a playoff push beyond the Western Conference Final. 

Loser - Orlando

Ibaka can play, but the agile forward simply hasn't expanded upon his game since emerging with the Thunder's NBA Finals run in 2012. He won't even be the Magic's best big man assuming Nikola Vucevic stays around.

Those two could form a nice interior duo with Ibaka serving as the shot blocker and Vucevic the low-post scorer. Giving up those three pieces for that opportunity doesn't work unless Ibaka turns into an All-Star and re-sigs after hs contract expires following the 2016-17 season.

Winner - The process 

Philadelphia canned general manager San Hinkie, but benefitted from the latest season of tanking by landing LSU's Ben Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick.

Simmons' provides high level passing from the small forward spot and gives the 76ers a true standout that plays outside of the paint. The 76ers also selected two international wings -- Timothe Luwawu and Furkan Korkmaz - later in round one.

If the 76ers can ship one of their big men - Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel - for help elsewhere and finally get a healthy Joel Embiid, the turnaround could be rather swift.

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Loser - Boston Celtics

Armed with eight picks, Danny Ainge couldn't pull off a major trade, the kind needed to put the Brad Stevens coached team into true East title contention.

With the third overall pick, the Celtics took forward Jaylen Brown, an athletic freak who didn't consistently produce at Cal, before adding two international frontcourt players with their other first round selections.

There are moves left to be made in free agency and perhaps Brown blows up, but for now, the Celtics haven't moved the needle with their NBA title aspirations.

Winner - Kris Dunn

The athletically robust point guard landed with arguably the most up-and-coming team in the league when Minnesota selected the Providence product fifth overall. Center Karl-Anthony Towns, small foward Andrew Wiggns and Dunn sounds like the makings of a big three or at least a future contender. Dunn will start by backing up Ricky Rubio, but that's not automatically a settled scenario for the long haul or even before the start of next season. 

Loser - Skal Labissiere 

Considered one of the top freshmen entering the 2015-16 season, the 6-foot-10 forward looked lost throughout his lone campaign at Kentucky. He still entered the draft and was considered  a possible lottery pick. Um, not so much. Labissiere fell to Sacramento at 28. For a kid who needs instruction and direction, the dysfunctional Kings aren't an ideal landing spot.

Winner - Marquese Chriss 

Went from possibly living in Sacramento to Phoenix. That's enough to offset being the second of two power forwards added by the Suns, who traded Markieff Morris to Washington last year. With Phoenix in rebuild mode, there should be enough minutes for Chriss and Dragan Bender.

Loser - Domantas Sabonis

Went from living in Orlando to Oklahoma City. 

Winner - Domantas Sabonis

The skilled big man gets to start his NBA career with the NBA title contending Thunder, even if he won't receive many minutes in the 2017 playoffs.

Loser - Deyonta Davis

Another slider, but this one went into the second round and past guaranteed money. The old adage is rebounding translates from college to the NBA. If that's true, Davis should have a chance to make up some of that money  sooner than later.

Winner - Washington Wizards and everyone who defended the Markieff Morris trade

 Look, we have no idea what the future holds. Perhaps Georgios Papagiannis, selected with the 13th pick originally owned by Washington, becomes a future star. There will certainly be a player or two or more selected later in round one who emerge as an NBA starter.

Based on the perception of the draft and other moves made, it's seems rather evident that few teams felt confident in projecting those players. Washington's record, defense and rebounding improved when Morris arrived. With him, the Wizards have a true starting lineup heading into what should be a wild free agency.

They need nine spots filled. Take Morris off, replace him with Papagiannis and then think about this roster.

Losers - Washington Wizards and any team hoping to land Kevin Durant

Most already assume Durant will stay with the Thunder on a short term deal.

Oklahoma City's bold move shows the former NBA Most Valuable Player that the Thunder aren't settling. With these added pieces, OKC might have enough to reach the Finals and then some.

If that happens, KD2DC or KD to anywhere else might never happen.

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2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night is here with the three-point contest, dunk contest and skills competition set for Los Angeles.

Here is all you need to know: TV and live stream info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

2018 NBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

PODCAST: ALL-STAR WEEKEND PREVIEW, WIZARDS AT THE BREAK 

Skills competition

Participants: Lou Williams, Clippers; Jamal Murray, Nuggets; Al Horford, Celtics; Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets; Joel Embiid, Sixers; Buddy Hield, Kings; Lauri Markkanen, Bulls; Andre Drummond, Pistons

What to know: This year's crop has a fascinating mix of guards and big men and don't sleep on the seven-footers. Embiid in particular has a unique skillset for his size. Still, it's tough to beat the guards. Watch out for Dinwiddie, who is the best passer of the bunch.

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Three-point contest

Participants: Klay Thompson, Warriors; Eric Gordon, Rockets; Devin Booker, Suns; Paul George, Thunder; Wayne Ellington, Heat; Bradley Beal, Wizards; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Tobias Harris, Clippers

What to know: Thompson and Gordon enter the contest as past champions, as Thompson won it in 2016 and Gordon took it home last year. Thompson has the best three-point percentage among the group and is the favorite, but watch out for Beal, a past runner-up, and George who has the second best percentage. Also, Booker is one of the game's best young players and has a very smooth stroke from three.

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Dunk contest

Participants: Dennis Smith Jr.; Mavericks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers; Victor Oladipo, Pacers

What to know: This is all about the rookies, Smith and Mitchell, who most are predicting to win. Oladipo has been in the contest before, but didn't win. He's also the only All-Star of the bunch. Nance is the only guy who isn't a guard and his father won it back in 1984. It will be interesting to see if he does some sort of nod to his old man, now 34 years later.

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Looking back at the most memorable Wizards/Bullets moments on All-Star Saturday Night

Looking back at the most memorable Wizards/Bullets moments on All-Star Saturday Night

With Bradley Beal set for the three-point contest at the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, let's take a look back at some of the most memorable moments for Wizards and Bullets players on All-Star Saturday night.

The franchise can boast past winners of the three-point and dunk contest, but there have also been some crushing defeats.

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2014 DUNK CONTEST: WALL STEALS THE SHOW

John Wall has accomplished a lot in his career and that includes a dunk contest title back in 2014, the only dunk contest won by a Wizards or Bullets player. Wall took home the crown amid a crowded field of participants, the last dunk contest that featured six players: Paul George, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, Ben McLemore and Terrence Ross. Ross was the defending champion. 

Wall dropped the mic with a dunk over former Wizards mascot 'G-Man.' After the dunk, he famously did the Nae Nae dance with George.

2014 THREE-POINT CONTEST: BEAL COMES IN SECOND

On Saturday night, Beal will do his best to avenge the loss he took in his first stab at the three-point contest. Beal fell just short in a stacked group that included former winners Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

The winner was Marco Belinelli, who needed a bonus round to finish it off. That was because Beal hit his final six shots in the last round to force an overtime round. It was one of the closest three-point contests ever.

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1996 THREE-POINT CONTEST: LEGLER WINS IT ALL

The Wizards do have one three-point contest winner, Tim Legler who captured the crown in 1996. Many may know Legler for his broadcasting career, but he was a very good shooter in 10 NBA seasons, four of which were in Washington. 

Legler beat out some of the best sharpshooters of the 90s including Dennis Scott, Steve Kerr, Glen Rice and Hubert Davis. Legler tried to defend his crown the following year, but lost out to Kerr.

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2011 DUNK CONTEST: MCGEE WAS ROBBED

Wall was the only Wizards player to win the dunk contest, but an argument could be made that JaVale McGee should have won it back in 2011. That was the year Blake Griffin won the title by jumping over a car. Griffin jumped over the hood, which many said wasn't exactly the same as jumping over the highest point of the car. I, who have approximately an 11-inch vertical leap, thought it was a bunch of malarkey.

That's not why McGee was robbed, though. He was robbed because Serge Ibaka appeared to steal his dunk. Video surfaced ahead of the contest of McGee practicing a dunk where he did a windmill slam while grabbing a piece of paper from the net with his mouth. Ibaka then did a very similar dunk in the contest itself. McGee admitted in an interview during the contest that Ibaka did the same dunk, so he had to switch it up. Who knows what would have happened if McGee did it instead of Ibaka. McGee, however, still put on a show including one slam where he dunked two basketballs.

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2007 THREE-POINT CONTEST: ARENAS COMES UP SHORT

Gilbert Arenas had a tough run in the three-point contest, as he finished as the runner-up in back-to-back years, 2006 and 2007. He lost to Dirk Nowitzki in 2006 and Jason Kapono in 2007.

It was in 2007, though, that Arenas wore the Wizards' gold alternate jersey (they were awesome, don't let anyone tell you differently) and finished the final round shooting threes one-handed once he realized he had lost. Arenas was one of the best personalities in the NBA at the time and that was on full display.