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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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Wizards vs. Grizzlies: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Grizzlies: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Marc Gasol, Tyreke Evans, Chandler Parsons and the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Will Wall or Mahinmi play?

The Wizards may be getting their best player back on on Wednesday, as John Wall inches closer to his return from a left knee injury. Wall had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and viscosupplementation injections on Nov. 25 and has been working his way back in the weeks since. If Wall can  come back, it will be at a good time. The Wizards have lost two straight games to sub-.500 teams and are 4-5 since he went down with the injury.

Ian Mahinmi has a right knee strain and missed his first game of the season on Tuesday against Brooklyn. It's unclear how serious his injury is, but Jason Smith did play well in his absence.

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Can the Wizards beat a bad team?

The Grizzlies are certifiably bad, but so are the Nets and the Wizards lost to them. The same could be said about Saturday's game when they lost to the Clippers. Losing to lesser teams has been a trend for the Wizards this season, as they are 5-7 against sub-.500 opponents.

Memphis has lost 15 of their last 16 games and are 8-19 overall on the season. However, they have beaten the Warriors, the Timberwolves, the Blazers and the Rockets twice. The Wizards should beat them, but we've said that about other teams. 

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No Conley for the Grizzlies

The Wizards may be getting their star point guard back, but the Grizzlies will definitely be without theirs. Mike Conley, Jr. is sidelined with a left Achilles and heel injury and the Grizzlies aren't much without him. Conley went down 14 games ago and Memphis is 1-13 during that stretch.

With Conley out, the Grizzlies have relied heavily on Tyreke Evans (18.2 points, 47.4% FG) and of course Marc Gasol (19.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg). 

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After being forced to change, Kelly Oubre suspects NBA can't handle 'too wavy' Supreme sleeve

After being forced to change, Kelly Oubre suspects NBA can't handle 'too wavy' Supreme sleeve

Is there such a thing as "too wavy?" Kelly Oubre – a.k.a. Wave Papi – doesn't think so, but the NBA just might. 

That was his best guess when asked why he changed leg sleeves at halftime. He had been wearing one by Supreme, a New York streetwear brand, in collaboration with Nike. 

"It was just what I got informed from one of our trainers. He was like ‘switch leg sleeves,’ so I switched no questions asked."

Maybe no questions asked at the time, but Oubre had plenty of questions (and a few statements) afterwards. 

"It had the NBA logo on it, has a Nike sign on it. The NBA is sponsored by Nike, it’s just Supreme, so I don’t really know what’s the quarrel," he said.

"They shouldn’t have sold it to me or they shouldn’t have dropped it if we can’t wear it and it has the NBA logo on it, because I play in the NBA right? I should be able to wear anything that has the logo of what I represent."

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Not a terrible point considering Nike is the official apparel partner of the NBA. 

So there must be some other reason. The one that Oubre suggests, though, is the most Oubre statement in his 22 years of life. 

"It’s just something wavy, honestly. I don’t know if it’s too wavy for them, but honestly I had fun." 

The league must just be threatened by the waviness of the whole thing. Too wavy to handle. The packaging should say, "Warning: Contains extreme levels of waviness. Wear with caution." 

The NBA might have been overwhelmed by the sheer wave factor, but NBA Twitter was here for it. Oubre wore the sleeve long enough for pictures of it to get picked up by national media outlets.

Hypebeast mode activated.