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5 things to know about the other guy in the Wizards' Bogdanovic trade, Chris McCullough

5 things to know about the other guy in the Wizards' Bogdanovic trade, Chris McCullough

The Wizards made a trade deadline move on Wednesday, as reported by CSN's J. Michael, by sending Marcus Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a lottery-protected first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for guard Bojan Bogdanovic and one other player -- forward Chris McCullough. 

While Bogdanovic will likely be an immediate contributor to the bench rotation, McCullough may be a longer-term play. Here are five things to know about the New York City native. 

1) McCullough played one season at Syracuse and left for the NBA after tearing his ACL

McCullough played in 16 games as a freshman at Syracuse in 2014-15 before a torn ACL ended his season. At the time, he was averaging 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game after coming to the Orange as the No. 19 overall player in the high school class of 2014.

2) McCullough is a 22-year-old, 6-9 power forward who has stretch potential down the line

The Nets rolled the dice on McCullough's potential by taking a player coming off a torn ACL with the 29th overall pick in the 2015 draft. He came into the league wiry thin, but has added muscle in his two years in the D-League and NBA.

3) He played in 24 games with the Nets in 2015-16

McCullough started four of those 24 games as a rookie last season for Brooklyn. He averaged 4.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game. Interestingly enough, he played well against Washington. In two games, he averaged 11 points, four rebounds and three steals per contest. 


4) He has played 31 games in the D-League this year and is tearing it up

During the 2016-17 season with the Long Island Nets, he has averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Perhaps more importantly, he shot nearly 35 percent from three-point range which could be an indication down the line that he could be a versatile, multi-dimensional stretch forward. 

With John Wall as the engine of the offense, the more players who can capitalize on his ability to collapse the defense off the dribble, the better.

5) The contract situation

With his high ceiling, McCullough is on a cheap rookie deal that is even cheaper in context considering the fact that incoming rookies will get a raise with the new CBA. His contract was guaranteed for his first and second year, with team options in the third and fourth year

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Ruth's Chris 5 Sizzling Stats: What decided Ravens-Dolphins

Ruth's Chris 5 Sizzling Stats: What decided Ravens-Dolphins

Here are 5 Sizzling Stats, brought to you by Ruth's Chris, that helped to decide Ravens-Dolphins. 

36 -- Number of completions by Joe Flacco, a franchise record. He completed 36 of 47 passes.

381 -- The number of passing yards for Flacco on the day, his highest total of the season.

6 -- The number of points scored by Miami’s offense, the lowest total to which Baltimore has held an opponent to this season. The Ravens held Cleveland to seven points on two separate occasions, both Baltimore wins.

2 -- Touchdown receptions for Dennis Pitta, marking his first score since Week 14 of 2013. It was his first multi-touchdown game since Dec. 2012.

61 -- Rushing yards by Miami’s Jay Ajayi. His rushing average was 5.1 yards per carry, but he only carried the ball 12 times because of Baltimore’s early (and large) lead.

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Ruth's Chris Sizzling Stats: 5 numbers that determined Ravens-Bengals

Ruth's Chris Sizzling Stats: 5 numbers that determined Ravens-Bengals

Here are five Ruth's Chris Sizzling Stats that helped to determine the outcome of Sunday's Ravens win over Cincinnati.

1 -- The number of players in NFL history who have made three field goals of 50+ yards in the first half of a game. That man’s name? Justin Tucker. On Sunday. He hit from 52, 54 and 57, then added a 36-yarder for good measure later in the game to finish 4-of-4 for the game.

3.2 -- The number of yards per rush allowed by Baltimore’s defense vs. Cincinnati, which is actually less than the team’s season average. That’s remarkable considering that the Ravens came into the game leading the league by allowing just 3.4 yards per rush to opponents.


4 -- Fumbles by Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton, two of which were lost. That included the the game-sealing fumble on the Bengals’ last drive.

2 -- Career touchdowns now for Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman after a beautiful catch in the back of the end zone that opened the scoring on Sunday. It was the team’s lone touchdown to go along with four Justin Tucker field goals.

6.38 -- A continuing area of concern: Joe Flacco’s yards per pass attempt this season, which ranks toward the bottom of the league. Only Blake Bortles, Blaine Gabbert and Brock Osweiler average less. Flacco averaged 6.5 yards per attempt in Sunday’s win.