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Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wonders if NBA will expand draft with G-League continuing to change

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Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wonders if NBA will expand draft with G-League continuing to change

The Washington Wizards proudly announced on Friday night the name and revealed the logos for their nascent G-League franchise, the Capital City Go-Go which will take the court next fall for the 2018-19 season. When they begin play, they will become the 27th G-League team. The following season, the Atlanta Hawks will have a team in College Park, Ga. making it 28.

With 30 teams in the NBA, the G-League is quickly becoming a robust minor league system where sooner than later each NBA franchise will have an affiliate. Each year the G-League resemble more and more the well-established development programs in Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wonders how a more developed minor league system will change the NBA. When the Wizards announced the Go-Go, he twice wondered if an expansion in the NBA Draft is inevitable. He told Chris Miller of NBC Sports Washington on the Wizards-Pistons broadcast that a three- or four-round draft sounds realistic.

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He reiterated that in a press conference about the Go-Go's branding.

"I'm sure at some point there will be a change in the rules," Leonsis explained. "Maybe the draft will get deeper and it will be very, very exciting where maybe one day if you can sign somebody out of high school or it's a one-and-done world and the draft is deeper, then you put them on your G-League team and now you're promoting and you're saying go to St. Elizabeth's and go watch our future."

The NBA has the shortest draft of the four major sports at two rounds, a product of there being smaller rosters by comparison. MLB has a 40-round draft while the NHL and NFL have seven rounds.

The NBA used to have a much deeper draft. Back in the 1970s there were 10 rounds. Over the years that was pared down to a two-round draft, established in 1989.

Leonsis thinks the NBA and its players could benefit from more prospects being not only given a chance, but a real system of development to hone their skills. That would include direction from NBA coaching staffs, state-of-the-art facilities, nutritional guidance and other things to help them reach their potential.

"You want the G-League to be the second-best basketball league in the world. Right now you would say that the AHL in hockey is the second-best hockey league in the world. That should be our goal as a league," he said.

The more the G-League improves, the more it will affect the NBA and the Wizards are ready to reap those benefits.

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NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

The 2018 NBA All-Star starters have been announced with few surprises based on the previous updates we saw from fan voting, which account for 50 percent of the equation. The other 50 percent is split by players and media.

I had the honor of filling out one of the media ballots before the Jan. 15 deadline and in interest of transparency, here is how I voted with some brief reasoning for why:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics

Irving is the best player on the top team in the conference. He is scoring like he always has, but is now expanding his game under coach Brad Stevens.

G Bradley Beal, Wizards

Beal has turned into one of the best scorers in the NBA and now does so many more things. It wasn't an easy pick between him, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall and Victor Oladipo, but Beal has been so valuable to the Wizards this season with Wall missing extended time that he got the nod.

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F LeBron James, Cavs

LeBron remains the best player in basketball and is having one of his best seasons at the age of 33. It's incredible to watch and he is deserving of the most votes.

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Giannis is a bonafide star and is among the most versatile players in the NBA with how he can affect the game on both ends of the floor. Even without a three-point shot, he's completely unstoppable on offense.

F Joel Embiid, Sixers

Embiid is proving he can stay on the court (for the most part) and is putting up crazy numbers. Kristaps Porzingis and others got consideration for this spot, but Embiid edged them out with his rebounding.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

G Russell Westbrook, Thunder

His scoring is down from last season, but Westbrook tops the NBA in assists per game and things are starting to click in Oklahoma City with him leading the way.

G James Harden, Rockets

The NBA's leading scorer, Harden is still putting up insane numbers despite co-existing with another star guard in Chris Paul. And the Rockets are really, really good.

F Kevin Durant, Warriors

The best player on the league's best team, Durant is currently fifth in points per game and tied for third in blocks. He is incredibly efficient and does so many things well.

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Davis continues to put up impressive numbers, but he's now more efficent than ever. The Pelicans are currently sixth in the West, too.

F Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

Towns has become almost underrated with all the attention placed on other young stars in the league, but he's as good as any of them. Big KAT has the T'Wolves on track to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

The NBA announced the starters for next month's 2018 All-Star Game and once again LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was the top vote-getter.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors was second in votes, meaning he and James will serve as captains and pick teams for the Feb. 18 showcase.

Neither John Wall or Bradley Beal of the Wizards made the cut as starters, so they will have to hope to make it as reserves by NBA coaches. The full rosters are announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

For the starters, fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote with players and media each representing 25 percent. 

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Here are the starters from each conference. Keep in mind these groups will be split up once the captains pick their teams:

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics -- 2,170,833 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G DeMar DeRozan, Raptors -- 998,999 fan votes (4th)

F LeBron James, Cavs -- 2,638,294 fan votes (14th)

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks -- 2,530,211 fan votes (2nd)

F Joel Embiid, Sixers -- 1,285,587 fan votes (1st)

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WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Stephen Curry, Warriors -- 2,379,494 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G James Harden, Rockets -- 1,486,830 fan votes (6th)

F Kevin Durant, Warriors -- 2,238,406 fan votes (9th)

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans -- 1,088,230 fan votes (4th)

F DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans -- 922,269 fan votes (4th)

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