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John Wall and Scott Brooks were selling points for Jodie Meeks to sign with Wizards

John Wall and Scott Brooks were selling points for Jodie Meeks to sign with Wizards

As an offensive-minded player, it was easy for Jodie Meeks to see the appeal in signing with the Washington Wizards in free agency, a team that won 49 games in the regular season and made it to Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs largely because their ability to light up the scoreboard.

There are many reasons why the Wizards' offense has enjoyed success, but for Meeks two parts stand out in particular: John Wall at point guard and Scott Brooks designing the plays. Meeks mentioned both in his first discussion with the media when framing why he signed with the Wizards.

"John's a great player, one of the best point guards in the league," Meeks said. "I'm looking forward to playing alongside of him. Hopefully he can can find me some good shots to knock down. I know he'll be looking for me."

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Wall was second in the NBA last season in both assists per game (10.7) and points created off assists (25.3). He is as good as anyone at pushing the pace and finding shooters on the fastbreak.

Meeks shot 40.9 percent from three last season including 47.4 percent from the corner. Of his 56 three-pointers last season, only four of them were unassisted. Much of Wall's time on the court will be shared with Bradley Beal, but certainly he will be able to find Meeks for open shots when they play together.

Playing with Wall has helped many players improve their offensive numbers and reap the financial benefits that followed. Meeks thinks he can complement Wall's pass-first mentality.

"Us shooters, we love that," Meeks said.

Meeks noted how Wall is a fellow Kentucky alum and said he was his host during a recruiting visit in Lexington. That was nearly 10 years ago.

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As for Brooks, Meeks doesn't know him quite as well on a personal level. They were around each other last week in Las Vegas as several players on the team had informal workouts. Wall and Meeks were there along with Markieff Morris, Tim Frazier and Mike Scott. Brooks was around to observe and get to know his new players.

"He's been at every workout that I've been a part of. He's said he's excited to coach me, but I'm excited to play under him," Meeks said. 

There are many reasons why Meeks is excited to work with Brooks.

"Even in OKC I saw how he utilized shooters and players coming off the bench. He gives players a lot of freedom and that's what I like," he said. "He's a real low-key guy. Even before I got a chance to meet him, I've always heard great stuff about him... Coach Brooks played, so he understands how guys' bodies feel after games and before practices. I think he's the type of guy that listens to his players and that's one thing that players love."

With one year under Brooks' direction, his system is firmly installed in Washington. Now Meeks hopes to fit in and take it to the next level.

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issue dates back to two weeks ago. He first complained about swelling in his knee after a game against the Sacramento Kings.


Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.


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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."


There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris of course has a twin in real life, Marcus who plays for the Celtics. But Scott is like his twin on the Wizards' bench, figuratively speaking.

"It's kind of hard to distinguish between the two sometimes when they're making shots because they play the same way," guard Bradley Beal said. "They can knock down threes, they can give you the post up game, they can handle the ball. They are definitely one in the same, in a sense."

"There's a lot of similarities. They have a lot of the same mannerisms," head coach Scott Brooks said. "They have this real, tough, calming influence on the group. I like guys that have that edge to them."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

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