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Selecting the best Wizards,Bullets 3-on-3 basketball teams

Selecting the best Wizards,Bullets 3-on-3 basketball teams

On Friday morning, the International Olympic Committee announced that several new sports will join the Olympic program for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Among the disciplines added to the new program include sport climbing, skateboarding, BMX freestyle and 3-on-3 basketball.

3-on-3 Olympic Basketball has been a hot discussion topic for a long time, with fans of all walks of life debating and arguing their choices for the best "Dream Teams."

When the 2020 Summer Olympic Games roll around, eight 4-person teams will compete in men's and women's divisions to crown Olympic 3-on-3 basketball champions for the first time ever.


That got us thinking.

If the Wizards were a country, which current four-person team (3-on-3 squad with one bench player) would they send? 

But then we did more thinking.

What is the best all-time 3-on-3 team in Wizards/Bullets history?

What are the best 3-on-3 units to player for the Wizards/Bullets at the same time?

Here are the results. 


Current Wizards 3-on-3 squad:
Guard: John Wall
Guard: Bradley Beal
Forward: Otto Porter
Sub: Markieff Morris

Analysis: Gotta go small with this team. Wall is a good defender and great at recovery blocks for a guard. Beal has improved at getting to the lane and is great from outside. Otto Porter doesn't need the ball a lot and can do the dirty work inside.

It's a toss up between Morris and Marcin Gortat for the final spot, and Gortat might be a bit too much of a defensive liability.

Wizards/Bullets best all-time 3-on-3 team:
Guard: John Wall
Forward: Chris Webber
Forward/Center: Elvin Hayes
Sub: Wes Unseld

Analysis: So many great players to choose from, it's really quite hard to make a unanimous decision. Wall gets the nod over Gilbert Arenas for a variety of reasons: Creates space better, much better at driving to the lane, vastly better on-ball defender. Plus, even with a Hall of Famer on the floor with him, we worry about Arenas getting his teammates involved. 

Chris Webber has superb passing skills in halfcourt sets, and great ball-handling and can stretch the floor. His versatility is what gave him the nod here. 

From there, it's anybody's choice. We chose Elvin Hayes as the third starter. An elite scorer, rebounder and defender. A hard choice to make, but it's hard not to go with "The Big E."

The final spot comes down to Unseld, Pearl Monroe and Phil Chenier.  A second guard and shooting specialist is probably right right choice here, which would be Monroe or Chenier, but this team is going to win with defense, and Unseld is going to bully the opposition on the blocks. With Hayes and Unseld on the court together, it doesn't matter how many jumpers Wall misses, his teammates will get all the rebounds.

Best Wizards/Bullets 3-on-3 Teams that played Together:
NOTE: We chose the best four players to overlap at least one season together, and only used a player once per decade

1960's (All four played together in 1963)
Guard: Kevin Loughery
Forward: Gus Johnson
Center: Walt Bellamy
Sub: Terry Dischinger

1970's (All four played together in 1972)
Guard: Earl Monroe
Forward: Elvin Hayes
Center: Wes Unseld
Sub: Phil Chenier

1980's (All four played together in 1987)
Guard: Jeff Malone
Forward: Bernard King
Forward/Center: Moses Malone
Sub: John Williams

1990's (All four played together in 1994)
Guard: Rex Chapman
Forward: Juwan Howard
Forward/Center: Chris Webber
Sub: Calbert Cheaney

2000's (All four played together from 2004 until 2010)
Guard: Gilbert Arenas
Forward: Caron Butler
Forward/Center: Antawn Jamison
Sub: Nick Young

2010's (All four played together in 2015)
Guard: John Wall
Guard: Bradley Beal
Forward: Paul Pierce
Center: Marcin Gortat

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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!