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What the GM survey got right and wrong about the Wizards

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What the GM survey got right and wrong about the Wizards

NBA.com's annual general manager survey always delivers as a conversation starter, every single year.

It is a survey polling opinions straight from the top front office executives for each organization, so the findings carry some weight.

Yet still, some of the picks make you scratch your head.

And just about every year, players will take issue with where they are ranked.

The latest edition was released on Wednesday and in it are several references to the Wizards. Here are the highlights, plus analysis on whether they got it right or wrong.

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GMs: Wizards will finish third in the East

Ahead of the Wizards are the Cavs, the overwhelming favorites, and the Celtics. That is perhaps to be expected, though I would take the Wizards in a head-to-head matchup with Boston now that Avery Bradley isn't there to stifle John Wall and Bradley Beal as one of the NBA's best defensive guards.

GMs: Wall is the fourth-best point guard

I think this is appropriate. In a golden age of point guards, Wall ranking behind only Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul should be taken as a compliment. All four will likely end up in the Hall of Fame someday.

GMs: Brooks is one of the best motivators of people

Scott Brooks wasn't ranked, but did get votes for being one of the best managers and motivators of people among NBA coaches. This is a hard category to draw direct comparisons in, given we don't see his locker room speeches and direction behind closed doors. But it shows how highly Brooks is viewed around the league.

GMs: Wall is the fastest player with the ball

Wall routinely ranks high in this category and it's hard to argue with him as the top choice. He beat out Westbrook, who is also extremely fast. Those two have to be among the fastest players in NBA history.

GMs: Wall is tied for the third-best passer

This is one the GMs got very wrong. Putting LeBron James (36% of the votes) and Paul (32%) ahead of Wall is OK, but not by the margin they did. Wall got just 7% of the vote and that tied him with James Harden and Rickey Rubio. Both Harden and Rubio are fine passers, but Wall is on a different level.

GMs: Gortat is one of the NBA's toughest players

This makes sense. Marcin Gortat is a big dude covered in tattoos and now has a mohawk. Good luck messing with him.

GMs: Wall has one of the best basketball IQs

Wall being mentioned alongside James, Paul, Curry and others is a solid compliment. The more experienced he gets, the higher he should rise in this category.

For NBA.com's full GM survey, click here

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Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

It was a short night for Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the 2018 All-Star three-point contest on Saturday, as he was eliminated in the first round.

Wearing the Wizards' new 'The District' white alternate jersey, Beal shot a 15 and fell short of the top three spots to qualify for the second round. Suns guard Devin Booker won the contest with a 28 score in the final, beating out Klay Thompson of the Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Clippers.

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Beal's was undone by a slow start. He missed all five shots on the first rack and made just one on the second. He began to heat up at the third rack, but by then couldn't recover.

Here is Beal's full round:

This was Beal's second showing in the three-point contest. He finished second back in 2014 and this year said he was motivated to avenge that loss. He should have plenty more opportunities to participate in the future if he chooses.

The NBA's All-Star Saturday night began with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie winning the skills competition. He beat Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen in the final round.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest. He edged Larry Nance, Jr. of the Cavaliers in the finals.

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2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night is here with the three-point contest, dunk contest and skills competition set for Los Angeles.

Here is all you need to know: TV and live stream info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

2018 NBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

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Skills competition

Participants: Lou Williams, Clippers; Jamal Murray, Nuggets; Al Horford, Celtics; Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets; Joel Embiid, Sixers; Buddy Hield, Kings; Lauri Markkanen, Bulls; Andre Drummond, Pistons

What to know: This year's crop has a fascinating mix of guards and big men and don't sleep on the seven-footers. Embiid in particular has a unique skillset for his size. Still, it's tough to beat the guards. Watch out for Dinwiddie, who is the best passer of the bunch.

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Three-point contest

Participants: Klay Thompson, Warriors; Eric Gordon, Rockets; Devin Booker, Suns; Paul George, Thunder; Wayne Ellington, Heat; Bradley Beal, Wizards; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Tobias Harris, Clippers

What to know: Thompson and Gordon enter the contest as past champions, as Thompson won it in 2016 and Gordon took it home last year. Thompson has the best three-point percentage among the group and is the favorite, but watch out for Beal, a past runner-up, and George who has the second best percentage. Also, Booker is one of the game's best young players and has a very smooth stroke from three.

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Dunk contest

Participants: Dennis Smith Jr.; Mavericks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers; Victor Oladipo, Pacers

What to know: This is all about the rookies, Smith and Mitchell, who most are predicting to win. Oladipo has been in the contest before, but didn't win. He's also the only All-Star of the bunch. Nance is the only guy who isn't a guard and his father won it back in 1984. It will be interesting to see if he does some sort of nod to his old man, now 34 years later.

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