Wizards

Quick Links

5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Phoenix Suns including Marcin Gortat's big dunk

usatsi_10385722.jpg
USA Today Sports Images

5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Phoenix Suns including Marcin Gortat's big dunk

Here are the best plays or moments from the Wizards' loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

1. John Wall didn't light up the box score quite like we're used to against Phoenix. He finished with a solid 21 points and six assists. 

He did have some nice plays, though, including this layup where he created his own fastbreak out of pure speed:

2. This was Wall's nicest assist. He found Marcin Gortat alone in the open court and Gortat threw it down with emphasis:

Gortat finished with nine points and 13 rebounds.

[RELATED: BEAL'S 40 POINTS NOT ENOUGH FOR WIZARDS]

3. This was Wall's best play. We have seen him block some guys who are bigger than him over the years, but Dragan Bender is 7-foot-1. How does Wall do this?

4. The Suns ended up winning the game despite the Wizards at one point holding a 22-point lead. Devin Booker had 22 points to help the Suns win, including two on this dunk after he blew by Wall:

5. Wall would end up with a nice dunk of his own. He cut to the basket and was open for a two-handed slam:

The takeaway from this one was a lack of defense on the Wizards' part and Bradley Beal (40 points) didn't hold back when breaking it down afterwards:

[RELATED: BEAL FED UP WITH WIZARDS AFTER LOSS]

Quick Links

Star NBA draft prospect Michael Porter, Jr. likely out for season with back injury

usatsi_10424731.jpg
USA Today Sports Images

Star NBA draft prospect Michael Porter, Jr. likely out for season with back injury

There was a potentially major development in the 2018 NBA Draft on Tuesday, as news broke that star Missouri freshman Michael Porter, Jr. will undergo back surgery that could keep him out for the rest of the season.

Porter, 19, will have a "microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs," according to the school.

Porter played in just one game, and for only two minutes, after entering this season as one of the top recruits in the nation.

PODCAST: MARKIEFF MORRIS GOES IN-DEPTH

A 6-foot-10 forward, Porter is projected by most mock drafts to be a top five pick. He is highly skilled for his size with the ability to shoot and handle the ball.

It's too early to project how much this will affect his draft status, but injuries this serious often cause players to slide.

Nerlens Noel tore his ACL as a freshman at Kentucky and was picked sixth the following summer despite once being considered the top prospect in the draft.

Joel Embiid suffered a back injury as a freshman at Kansas, yet was still taken third in a what was a deep class. It depends on the injury and the potential of the player.

There's a chance Porter returns this season. He has a recovery timeline of three-to-four months, which means he could be back in March. But with hopefully a long NBA career ahead of him, it wouldn't seem wise to risk it.

RELATED: BEAL'S 700 THREES MILESTONE, BY THE NUMBERS

Quick Links

By-The-Numbers: Beal on pace to join a 'who's who' of all-time NBA marksmen

By-The-Numbers: Beal on pace to join a 'who's who' of all-time NBA marksmen

Wizards guard Bradley Beal made history on Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks when he became the youngest NBA player ever to reach 700 career three-pointers.

Here are some notes and numbers to put his accomplishment into perspective...

4

Beal was the youngest to get to 700 threes by just four days, beating out - you guessed it - J.R. Smith. Okay, that was unexpected. The top five as a whole, however, is some great company for Beal to be associated with:

Bradley Beal - 24 years, 145 days
J.R. Smith - 24 years, 149 days
Kevin Durant - 24 years, 198 days
Gilbert Arenas - 24 years, 316 days
Kyrie Irving - 24 years, 364 days

701

Beal hit another three against the Bucks and now has 701 total in his career.

That's tied for fourth-most among NBA players before their 25th birthday. It's the same list of names as above with Arenas having the most at 779. Beal has to hit 79 more threes by the end of this season to pass him, as Beal turns 25 in June.

That is definitely feasible.

RELATED: BEAL'S AMAZING BLOCK ON GIANNIS

35

Beal is one of only 35 players in NBA history to reach 700 threes while shooting 39 percent or better. The list is a 'who's who' of the best three-point shooters of all-time like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Ray Allen and Reggie Miller.

Beal, by the way, has shot at a couple percentage points higher than Miller and Dennis Scott.

15

The list of players who have 700 or more while making at least two threes per game is even more exclusive.

Only 15 players can say that about themselves and 12 of the 15 are active. The three who aren't are Allen, Arenas and Peja Stojakovic.

The contemporaries include Curry, Thompson, James Harden, Isaiah Thomas and Damian Lillard.

2

Beal is one of only two players in Wizards/Bullets franchise history to reach the 700 career three-pointers mark.

Arenas has the franchise record with 868 and he and Beal are far and away the best. Antawn Jamison is third with 646. Here is the top five:

Gilbert Arenas, 868
Bradley Beal, 701
Antawn Jamison, 646
Chris Whitney, 489
John Wall, 445

Arenas and Beal are also the only two players in franchise history to average two more or more threes made per game. 

RELATED: WATCH VIDEO OF BEAL'S RECORD-BREAKING THREE

1

Beal has the highest three-point percentage in franchise history among players with at least 400 attempts. Martell Webster (39.7%), Brent Price (39.5%) and Otto Porter (39.5%) are right behind him.

Via Basketball-Reference.com