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Pros and cons: who should Wizards pick for final roster spot between Carrick Felix and Donald Sloan?

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Pros and cons: who should Wizards pick for final roster spot between Carrick Felix and Donald Sloan?

Sheldon Mac's torn Achilles and Daniel Ochefu getting waived have left the Wizards with a clearer picture of their roster now with one week before they open the regular season against the Philadelphia 76ers. Head coach Scott Brooks even outlined the Wizards' final roster spot battle in specifics at Tuesday's practice.

"We have everything here that we need. It's going to be Carrick [Felix] or Donald [Sloan]," he said when asked if there were plans to sign a free agent.

It was not long ago that this was a more complicated decision. Mac had impressed in the preseason, but had competition with Felix and Sloan nipping at his heels. Now that Mac is likely out for the year, the Wizards are planning to keep him on the roster, knowing they wouldn't save his salary by cutting him. That makes 14 spots taken with one to go and two players fighting for it.

The Wizards, by the way, may have rookie Mike Young, who is on a two-way contract, stick around to start the regular season with power forward Markieff Morris set to miss several weeks while he rehabs from sports hernia surgery. But that wouldn't affect the Felix/Sloan decision.

Under his two-way deal that will likely keep him in the G-League for most of the year, Young is slotted 45 days at the NBA level. The Wizards have discussed starting that clock early to compensate for Morris' absence.

Regardless, the final spot on the 15-man roster will come down to Felix or Sloan. Here is a look at the pros and cons of keeping each option:

Carrick Felix

Pros: Felix is all about defense. With the scoring-minded Jodie Meeks set as the primary backup shooting guard, Felix could be a nice change of pace from what they currently have on their roster. He's an extremely hard worker both in practice and in games and his energy is contagious. After struggling last season on defense, often at the perimeter, Felix could become an asset. He would also provide an insurance policy for Meeks, who has durability questions after averaging just 33 games the past three seasons. 

There are two players that come to mind in terms of the impact Felix could provide in a best-case scenario. One is former Wizards guard Garrett Temple, who was a professional in every sense of the word and highly respected in the locker room because of it. He was defense first, much like Felix. The other player comparison would be Jonathan Simmons, formerly of the Spurs and now with the Orlando Magic. Like Simmons, Felix is a high-flying dunker and a guy who can provide a spark off the bench just in how hard he plays.

Cons: Though Felix has impressed this preseason and is 27-years-old, he does not have a lot of NBA experience. He's only played in seven NBA games and not since the 2013-14 season when he was with the Cavaliers. In contrast to Sloan, he's the less-experienced guy by a longshot. Given the Wizards want to win now, they could see Sloan as more of a sure thing. 


Donald Sloan

Pros: Sloan has been there before and plays point guard. He has five years of NBA experience, including four playoff games under his belt. The Wizards know what they have in Sloan: a steady veteran who can score and competently run their offense. With Tim Frazier already in house, the Wizards would have two veteran point guards behind John Wall. 

Backup point guard was a problem for the Wizards last year and it has plagued them in the past. Keeping Sloan would give the Wizards a very sound depth chart at the point guard position, two veterans behind Wall plus an intriguing young prospect in Tomas Satoransky. Sloan can also play some shooting guard, giving Scott more options for his bench rotation.

Cons: How many point guards can the Wizards keep? If they hold on to Sloan, then that probably takes point guard minutes away from Satoransky, who is already no higher than third in line at the position. Satoransky would probably have to start earning minutes at shooting guard or small forward, or else he wouldn't be playing at all. Sloan may lose out in part because of a numbers game on the Wizards roster.

For more on Felix and Sloan, check out or 1-on-1 podcast interviews with each player:

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NBA 2K18 has Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s famous dab celebration and it's amazing

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NBA 2K18 has Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s famous dab celebration and it's amazing

What separates 2K Sports from its competitors is their attention to detail. Year after year, they get right things that other video game companies don't even consider.

The level of detail in 2K sports games allows for some Easter eggs, if you will, for gamers to find and one Wizards fan found an amazing one involving Kelly Oubre, Jr.


Before every game Oubre dabs his way to the court extremely aggressively, to the point where he jumps in the air:

Now Oubre does it in video game form:

That's just great and of course Wizards fans are loving it on social media. Bravo, 2K Sports.


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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters and the Miami Heat on Friday night.

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


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...

Wizards are heating up

The Wizards have won a season-high four straight games as they enter Friday night's matchup with the Heat. In all four of those games they have held opponents to under 100 points. Only the Celtics have had a longer such streak this season, they got to eight. If the Wizards make it one more game, they will push to five for the first time since 2015.

Five straight wins for the Wizards would also get them closer to some franchise history. The longest win streak in Wizards/Bullets history is just nine games. That's tied with the Orlando Magic for the shortest-longest win streak in franchise history for an NBA team. Five wins would put them more than halfway there.


Will Gortat bounce back?

Marcin Gortat has had some honest analysis of himself and the Wizards recently and he couldn't have been happy with his outing on Wednesday night. Gortat was held to just two points on 0-for-6 shooting and five rebounds. Meanwhile, his Heat counterpart Hassan Whiteside had 15 points and 21 rebounds.

Gortat is having a solid year overall, but consistency on the boards has eluded him. He hasn't reached double figures in rebounds in five straight games. In two of his last three games, he has topped out at two points. Look for Gortat to be extra-motivated against Miami.


How will the Heat respond?

After a close game in Miami on Wednesday, the Wizards and Heat will run it back on Friday night. Given the Heat lost the first meeting in this home-and-home set, they likely value this opportunity to get even. Add into the equation that the Heat thought the officiating favored the Wizards on Wednesday and they might be pretty fired up.

It's very difficult to sweep a good team like the Heat in a home-and-home series, so the Wizards will have their work cut out for them. If they can hold them off again and swing a win, the Wizards will be sitting pretty at 10-5 just in time for their road trip.