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John Wall offers advice for high school star Zion Williamson in latest episode of his offseason documentary

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John Wall offers advice for high school star Zion Williamson in latest episode of his offseason documentary

John Wall knows what it's like to be a top high school prospect with a mixtape already seen around the world. Long before he became an NBA All-Star for the Wizards, Wall was a YouTube sensation with one of the most famous mixtapes of all time.

One of the latest kids to make a name for himself with a YouTube mixtape is Zion Williamson, a 6-foot-7 dunk machine currently playing high school ball in Spartanburg, SC. In the latest episode of his documentary from Ball Is Life called 'No Offseason,' Wall offered advice for Williamson, whom Wall said "is probably one of the two or three most athletic players I've ever seen."

As for what do focus on, Wall said this:

"I would tell him just to work on different things. The game is so easy and boring at times for him, you can tell. Work on things that you are going to need for the next level. That's kind of what I did in college and high school. Then, when the game got more serious I knew how to get it done. But other than that, I was just trying stuff and trying to improve my game."

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There are other notable moments in the latest episode of 'No Offseason,' like Wall offering Wizards guard Sheldon Mac advice on ball-handling while driving a Rolls Royce in Miami. He also goes in-depth on his own high school mixtape, saying of his early days: "If you want to see a show, you know where to go."

Watch the full episode right here:

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NBA 2K18 leaks new jerseys for many teams including the Wizards

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NBA 2K18 leaks new jerseys for many teams including the Wizards

NBA fans got a glimpse at unreleased alternate jerseys from a host of teams on Thursday thanks to a leak by the video game NBA 2K18 and the Wizards are included in that mix.

NBA 2K happens to do this periodically and often the jerseys are exactly right or close to official. It happened earlier this season with other teams, notably the Timberwolves who went through a color and logo change.

Here's a look at the one leaked for the Wizards, one that falls in line with the 'City Edition' alternate that has yet to be released officially.

Keep in mind this is not official, but here you go:

<<<CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE NBA 2K18 JERSEY LEAKS>>>

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This recent round of leaks revealed jerseys for many teams including the Jazz, Magic and Lakers. See them here:

<<<CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE NBA 2K18 JERSEY LEAKS>>>

 

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Tomas Satoransky continues to play at backup point guard for Wizards even with John Wall back

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Tomas Satoransky continues to play at backup point guard for Wizards even with John Wall back

John Wall's return wasn't the only piece of point guard-related news for the Wizards on Wednesday night.

In their 93-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, it was Tomas Satoransky and not Tim Frazier who first emerged from the bench to spell Wall with 5:10 on the clock. Satoransky ended up with 15 minutes in the game compared to five for Frazier.

Before Wall had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee, Satoransky had appeared in only nine of the Wizards' 18 games. Frazier played in all of them and averaged 16.6 minutes. 

Wall's absence opened the door for Satoransky to play as the primary backup behind Frazier and he thrived. In nine games, Satoransky averaged 8.4 points, 4.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He shot 52.9 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three.

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He was +44 and, most importantly, he committed just two total turnovers while averaging 23.1 minutes per game. Satoransky is second in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (6.00) among players who have appeared in at least 10 games.

Satoransky, 26, has long been appreciated by Wizards fans for his potential, ever since he was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft. He's 6-foot-7 and can jump out of the gym. Now he's shown the ability to play smart and limit mistakes and it appears to have earned him a larger role, even with Wall back.

"I felt good about it," Satoransky said of his nine-game audition. "I was the first guy coming off the bench. I didn't play very well today, but it's good to have the recognition of those games we had."

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As Satoransky noted, he didn't have his best game against Memphis. He had three points, two rebounds, two assists and a turnover. He was also 1-for-3 from the free throw line, as the Wizards shot 12-for-24 as a team.

The backend of head coach Scott Brooks' rotation can be hard to predict, as sometimes a given night will depend on matchups. Players like Mike Scott, Jason Smith and others have gone missing and sometimes after stretches where it appeared they played well.

One game doesn't guarantee that Satoransky has a new official role and that this will continue. But it was certainly a good sign for the second-year guard, a sign that he earned some trust from the coaching staff while Wall was out.

"Hopefully I can keep pushing," he said.

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