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Kris Dunn over Ben Simmons as NBA Rookie of the Year?

Kris Dunn over Ben Simmons as NBA Rookie of the Year?

NBA.com just released thir annual rookie survey poll, which is great because there really isn't much happening these days worth writing. Training camps will open next month, but until then, snooze.

However, don't sleep on some of the incoming players. In fact, the rookies were asked which members of the 2016 class will rise above the rest and win Rookie of the Year. And the winner is...Minnesota point guard Kris Dunn.

Interesting pick and perhaps the proper one seeing as Dunn enters the NBA with ample playing experience, unlike many of his peers. The two-time Big East Player of the Year received 29 percent of the vote. Lakers forward Brandon Ingram received 25.8% with Philadelphia's Ben Simmons third at 19.4. 

What's interesting here is that Simmons was the No. 1 overall pick, followed by Ingram. The Timberwolves took Dunn fifth.

Dunn is a gifted athlete and passer who is often compared to John Wall coming out of college. Wall finished second in Rookie of the Year voting to Blake Griffin.

I interviewed Dunn during the Las Vegas NBA Summer League about his game and the upcoming challenges.

"I know it's going to be a roller coaster ride throughout the season. I'm going to have some good games and some bad games," Dunn said. "You just have to improve. I understand I'm just a rookie. I still have a lot more to learn about the game." He added, "I think once you learn the game, things start to slow down."

By the way, even though the Wizards didn't make a selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, they'll have at least one eligible rookie thanks to the arrival of 2012 pick Tomas Satoransky.

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.

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The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.

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Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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