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Wizards player review: JaVale McGee


Wizards player review: JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee is aphenomenalathlete, but the verdict is still out on whether he can become a solid NBA player.

Once deemed a bigpieceof the Wizards' rebuild, the 7-foot center will now try to hone his craft inDenver after hewore out his welcome in D.C.and was shipped to Denver at the trade deadline for veteran center Nene.

McGee averaged animpressive12points, 9 rebounds and two blocks in 41 games for the Wizards this past season, but his inconsistency and immaturity ultimately led to his departure.

McGee showed he was capable of producing big games. There was McGee's 23 point, 18 rebound and 5 block performancein a loss at Philadelphia in January. There wasthe 24-point, 13-rebound outburst in a loss at Miami in February, but that came after 5straightgameswhereMcGee didn't reach double figures in points or rebounds.

McGee's most consistent ball came in his final games as a Wizard when he scored in double figures in his last five games, including 21 points and 15 rebounds in a loss at San Antonio.

While there's no question that McGee has potential, his inconsistency was tirelessly frustrating. McGee would wow you one moment with a jaw dropping dunk or block and then you would shake your head the next as McGee would make an inexplicable play.

Who could forget his self alley-oop dunk on a breakaway with the Wizards down to Houston. Or the beeline run back on defense to mid court before realizing his team still had the ball on offense in a game against Toronto. Or how about the several blatantgoal tendsMcGee committed. There was a laundry list of head scratching McGee plays.

Simply, McGee would show flashes of brilliance and then frustrate his coaches with theinabilityto execute basic basketball plays.

McGee just started to show some post moves in his fourth year as a pro. That's why theWizardsgave up and dealt him. They had seen enough. He wasn'tdevelopingfast enough

McGee might be able to become an all-around player in Denver, but it was never going to happen here in Washington.

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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.


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:


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


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.


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.


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.