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John Wall climbing the Wizards' charts


John Wall climbing the Wizards' charts

Perhaps it's the constant talk about John Wall's youth or that the All-Star point guard's game still has room to grow that we forget he's been in the NBA for than a minute. Hard to believe, but the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 Draft is entering his sixth season with the Washington Wizards. Time flies faster than a Wall-fueled fast break. 

It's not just that he's been around, but it's where Wall already ranks among the best in franchise history. No, we're not hanging jersey's in the rafters or comparing his legacy to those of "The Big E" or Wes. The debate between Wall and Gilbert Arenas, the man he replaced as face of the franchise, that's certainly an interesting debate for another day. But let's talk pure stats. CSN's Chris Miller posted this tweet Wednesday night.

After five seasons, Wall already ranks second in Bullets/Wizards history with 2,990 assists. According to BasketballReference.com, that's more than Agent Zero and Phil Chenier, more than Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and Bobby Dandridge, more than Kevin Porter or Rod Strickland (2,712), who Wall surpassed for second last season. Only Unseld (3,822), a deft passer - and not just for a big man - leads Wall at this point. For those wondering, Unseld did not receive bonus assists for those amazing full-court outlet passes, though it would have been cool if he did.

Wall needs 833 to take over the top spot. If that sounds like a lot, it is. 

Since the 2010-11 season, only one player (Chris Paul) reached that number. Paul led the NBA with 838 last season. Wall came in second with a career-high 792 over 79 games.

Do that math and that's 10 assists per contest. In other words, if Wall played all 82 games and maintained his season average, he would have finished with 822. 

This should be a fun stat to track over the course of the season, especially if Wall starts ripping off 12 or more night early on. For the sake of the team goals - yes, we're talking playoffs - having Wall play all 82 games isn't the way to go. Having him sit even a handful of games probably takes 833 off the table. Then again, let's not discount what some extra incentive can do for the kid from Raleigh.

RELATED: Could John Wall play his way into MVP conversation in 2015-16?

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!