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NBA 2K18 releases its all-time roster for the Wizards/Bullets and there are some major omissions

NBA 2K18 releases its all-time roster for the Wizards/Bullets and there are some major omissions

So, this didn't go as we expected it would.

NBA2K18's all-time rosters were released on Thursday by Matt Bertz of Game Informer and the Wizards/Bullets' version is nothing close to what we predicted. First, a look at the full roster:

John Wall – 90

Earl Monroe – 87

Bernard King – 86

Elvin Hayes – 95

Wes Unseld – 94

Bradley Beal – 87

Chris Webber – 87

Larry Hughes - 86

Rod Strickland – 86

Rex Chapman – 85

Richard Hamilton – 84

Gheorghe Muresan – 84

Manute Bol – 82

Marcin Gortat – 82

Otto Porter – 81


Okay, let's start with the biggest surprises that aren't on the list. How about Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison? Where is Phil Chenier? And Michael Jordan? Ever heard of him?

Not having Arenas and Jordan, in particular, makes this team a lot less fun than it could have been. But it does have some redeeming qualities. The fact Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter made it is pretty cool and shows how stacked the current, real-life roster is. Plus, Rex Chapman, Gheorghe Muresan and Manute Bol are three very fun players from the franchise's past. 

Other omissions would include Walt Bellamy and Gus Johnson, two guys in the Hall of Fame. Also, despite the fact he played only two seasons with the Bullets, Moses Malone could have been included. He made the All-Star team twice with them and is arguably a top 20 player of all time.

This is going to start some serious debates on Twitter, but it should be noted that 2K Sports can't just put together their ideal teams. It's a bit more complicated than that, as Bertz explained in this tweet:

Still, Arenas and others would have been fun to play with. And that excuse doesn't hold up for Jordan, who is on the Chicago Bulls' team.

For the rest of the NBA 2K18 all-time rosters, click here. And to hear more about NBA 2K18 and NBA Live 18, listen to this recent Wizards Tipoff podcast with Bertz as the guest:



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Kelly Oubre, Jr. may take on larger role due to injuries, and rebounding could be key

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Kelly Oubre, Jr. may take on larger role due to injuries, and rebounding could be key

The Wizards have two players sidelined at the moment and both happen to play the same position. Markieff Morris was already out following the sports hernia surgery he had in September, then Jason Smith sprained his right shoulder defending a dunk attempt by Joel Embiid in the regular season opener on Wednesday night.

This has put head coach Scott Brooks in a tough predicament. He's trying to acclimate new players into his rotation, but now has no choice but to get creative. Smith is considered questionable for Friday night and is likely going to be limited, regardless when he returns.

If Smith misses time or is not 100 percent, the onus will fall mostly on third-year forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. with Mike Scott behind him. Oubre is not a power forward, but is versatile enough to co-exist with Otto Porter alongside John Wall, Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat. The Wizards utilized that lineup last season at times and relied on it heavily once Smith departed Wednesday night's game. Porter could be looked as the four in that group, but he and Oubre are essentially interchangable on defense.

Oubre, 21, came through with 14 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals against the Sixers. He knocked down three three-pointers and shot 5-of-10 from the field overall.

"I'm ready. I've worked for this moment. The season is here, so it's time to put the work to the test," Oubre said. "I feel very confident. I feel very relaxed. This is Year 3, so I'm excited for all the opportunities that may come."


Those eight rebounds stand out, in particular. Oubre averaged 3.3 rebounds last season, his second year in the NBA, in 20.3 minutes. Oubre had 14 in one of their preseason games and has clearly put extra focus on that part of his game.

One reporter (me) asked Oubre about his 'seven' rebounds in the opener and Oubre issued a quick correction, showing exactly how much attention he's paying to the stat.

"I had eight in the opener, but yeah," he said. "It's a big emphasis because that's what we need. We need guys to go in there and rebound, push the break and keep up the pace. That's the style of play that we're looking for, to play fast and play tough. Crashing the boards is something that I need to do to help the team."

Brooks sees a lot of potential in Oubre's ability on the glass. 

"I look at rebounding as a stat that Kelly can really be consistent with. He has the size, the strength, the length and the athleticism and the toughness to get in there and get some rebounds. I think you should be able to see [eight] every night. It's one of the things we talked about to improve defensively. We have to be a better defensive team," Brooks said.

The Wizards miss a lot more than rebounding if Morris and Smith aren't in the picture, of course. But Oubre's development in that area could be important in the Wizards' effort to compensate for two key injuries at the same position.


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John Wall's new motto Wolf Season has reached a new level

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John Wall's new motto Wolf Season has reached a new level

It started as an offseason hashtag. After Wednesday night's win over the Sixers, it was legitimized with a postgame quote.

John Wall wants everyone to know that it's Wolf Season and, according to another favorite hashtag of his, nobody is safe.

Wall brought it up himself on Wednesday when asked about dunking all over the Sixers. When asked what Wolf Season means, he replied: "Just keep watching."

Wall used the hashtag #wolfseason all summer long in photos on Instagram. He also used the phrase #wolfwall:

It's reminiscent of the Wolf of Wall St. He also referenced "Michael Jackson Thrilla Mode" on Instragram and the music video for 'Thriller' very famously had Jackson turn into a wolf:

Michael Jackson Thrilla Mode spilling sauce everywhere I go !! #WallWay #5Deep #BYB #WolfWall

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Whatever Wall means by it, the rest of the NBA might want to take notice.