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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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Celtics lose Gordon Hayward to gruesome leg injury in season-opener vs. Cavaliers

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Celtics lose Gordon Hayward to gruesome leg injury in season-opener vs. Cavaliers

Gordon Hayward made his Celtics debut on Tuesday night as Boston took on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.

But Hayward's game, and possibly season, came to an end in the first half after the former Jazz small forward suffered a gruesome leg injury.

With the Celtics trailing by 12 in the first quarter, Hayward landed awkwardly under the Celtics basket and his left leg snapped in grotesque fashion, like Paul George's leg did during the summer of 2015.

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To watch the gruesome injury, you can click here. Trust us, it's not good.

You could hear a player on the braodcast scream "He broke his leg. He broke his leg."

Players, both Cavaliers and Celtics, huddled up, hoping for the best. 

Marcin Gortat, John Wall and Bradley Beal are three of the many players to issue the kindest respects following the awful injury.

The Wizards make their season debut on Wednesday when they host the Philadelphia 76ers at Capital One Center.

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2017 NBA Power Rankings: How things look at the start

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2017 NBA Power Rankings: How things look at the start

As we open the first week of the NBA season, most people seem to agree when it comes to who's at the very top.

In fact, let's be honest, everyone  is picking the Warriors and Cavs as the two teams to get back to the NBA Finals.

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That's fair for right now, although there's plenty of factors over an 82 game schedule that can alter even the most inevitable results.

Besides, there are a handful of teams on the rise that will be a ton of fun to watch.

The Timberwolves now have a mix of youth and veterans when it comes to talent, while the SIxers may actually get to see The Process play out on the court. 

Not to mention all the new look rosters, from the Thunder, to the Rockets, and the Celtics.

There's a lot of basketball to be played, and a lot of storylines that need to play out. 

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