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Wizards unveil new City Edition uniforms

Wizards unveil new City Edition uniforms

The Wizards unveiled their new City Edition uniforms Wednesday, and fans will be pleased with how similar they are to the popular Stars and Stripes jerseys from 2016-17. 

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The Stars and Stripes uniforms were discontinued after Nike took over the NBA's uniform production from Adidas in 2017-18. Teams are locked in for at least four uniform variations, with the City Edition set to change every season. 

The Wizards will debut their new uniforms on December 5 against the 76ers at Capital One Arena and will wear them on the following Dates. 

Dec. 5 vs 76ers
Dec. 8 vs Clippers
Dec. 18 vs Bulls
Jan. 3 vs Trail Blazers
Jan. 6 vs Celtics
Jan. 20 vs Pistons
Feb. 3 vs Warriors
Feb. 9 vs Grizzlies
Feb. 24 vs Bucks
Feb. 26 vs Nets
Mar. 15 vs Thunder
Mar. 23 vs Celtics
Apr. 3 vs 76ers
Apr. 15 vs Pacers

Fans will be able to purchase apparel and jerseys starting November 27 at the team store.

John Wall probably won't be able to wear the uniform this year, so maybe the team can adopt the design as their new "Statement" option so the point guard can re-live his epic game-winner against the Celtics in the 2017 Eastern Conference semifinals. 

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2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year tracker: How does Rui Hachimura compare to Ja Morant, other elite rookies?

2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year tracker: How does Rui Hachimura compare to Ja Morant, other elite rookies?

When it became apparent that Zion Williamson's knee injury would keep him sidelined for the first month-and-a-half of the season, the Rookie of the Year race opened up substantially. 

Williamson was the heavy favorite to win before the year tipped off, and now a few surprising young players have earned themselves consideration. The top pick in this year's draft may reclaim the voter's favor once he returns in early December, but don't count these five players out. 

Obviously production will be valued over everything else. You don't want to disregard a player's stats if he's on a bad team, because usually, the best rookies are on bad teams. But this season is a little different, as we have two rookies both producing eye-popping numbers while being key contributors to a sure-fire playoff team. 

5. Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards

The Wizards received a fair amount of criticism for taking Hachimura ninth overall in June. His ceiling of a modern-day forward who could guard multiple positions, space the floor and attack mismatches is very enticing. However, questions about his shooting range, lateral quickness and strength inside had plenty of draft experts skeptical. 

So far, Hachimura has looked really good. His three-point stroke hasn't come along yet, but he's shooting 50 percent from the floor and currently ranks seventh among rookies in scoring.

His pull up jumper looks legit, he's far more mobile than he was given credit for, and once Hachimura learns how to finish through contact and figure out his spots on the floor, he's going to be dangerous screening for Bradley Beal. 

Stats as of 11/19: 27.7 mpg / 13.1 ppg / 1.7 apg / 5.5 rpg

4. Tyler Herro, Miami Heat

The Heat currently hold the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, and much of their success can be credited to rookies Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn.

Outside of Jimmy Butler, Miami doesn't have many ball-handlers who can create offense for themselves and their teammates. Herro has played with the ball in his hands a lot more than people expected coming out of Kentucky and hasn't really been phased by it. 

So far, he's displayed sneaky-good playmaking, exceptional shot-making and an impressive level of poise. What he lacks in size and length he makes up for in flat-out skill. 

Stats as of 11/19: 28.9 mpg / 13.3 ppg / 2.1 apg / 4.5 rpg

3. Eric Paschall, Golden State Warriors

As a second-round pick out of Villanova, Paschall was brought to Golden State to learn from Draymond Green and hopefully develop into the two-way combo-forward this franchise first unleased on the NBA. 

But then Stephen Curry broke his hand, and with Klay Thompson out for the year as well, the Warriors needed immediate help scoring alongside D'Angelo Russell. 

Paschall, seemingly out of nowhere, took on that responsibility and is now averaging 16.7 points per game on 52 percent shooting. It's hard to expect Paschall to keep this up, but he'll have plenty of shots throughout the season. And if one thing is true about Jay Wright-coached players, is that they simply know how to play good basketball. 

Stats as of 11/19: 31.1 mpg / 16.7 ppg / 1.3 apg / 4.8 rpg

2. Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat

Nunn has been the NBA's biggest surprise so far this season. He was an undrafted free agent a year ago, spent last season with the Warriors G-League affiliate and was signed by the Heat this past April. He apparently made a good impression on the organization after dropping 40 points on them in the preseason. 

Once Nunn got his shot at NBA minutes, all he's done is score and help the Heat win. He's averaging 17.8 points, shooting 47 percent from the floor, 38 percent from three and is third among all rookies in NET rating who play at least 15 minutes a night. 

The Heat tend to find players like Nunn and they end up playing for a long time. We'll see if Nunn can take it to another level to become the favorite in the Rookie of the Year race. 

Stats as of 11/19: 30.7 mpg / 17.8 ppg / 3.2 apg / 2.5 rpg

1. Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

By far the most electric player in his rookie class so far, Morant is playing at a high level and he's still realizing his true powers at the point guard position. 

Williamson may have been the headliner of the 2019 NBA Draft, but the second pick that night is looking like a future All-Star. Morant is scoring 18.4 points, dishing out six assists per game and is shooting 47 percent from the floor and a very impressive 42 percent from three (11-26). 

It'll be difficult for Morant to hold onto the lead once Zion-palooza begins in December, but the Grizzlies must be thrilled with what they've seen out of their rookie guard. 

Stats as of 11/19: 27.2 mpg / 18.4 ppg / 6.0 apg / 3.3 rpg

ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

RJ Barrett, New York Knicks
Coby White, Chicago Bulls
PJ Washington, Charlotte Hornets

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Kawhi Leonard's move to the Clippers shocked Bradley Beal as much as it shocked us

Kawhi Leonard's move to the Clippers shocked Bradley Beal as much as it shocked us

NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller spoke with Bradley Beal while out watching NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

This NBA off-season has been one of the craziest in recent memory. Don't just take our word for it, Bradley Beal agrees. 

Beal spoke to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller about the big-name deals and his take on this offseason. 

"It's funny because every offseason there is always one person that everyone is waiting on. Just one player," he said. "Then it is a domino effect after that." 

LISTEN TO THE WIZARDS TALK PODCAST WITH BRADLEY BEAL HERE.

Kawhi Leonard was the domino this season. After winning the title in Toronto and Finals MVP, fans and observers seemed to think that the two options he was considering was staying with the Raptors or signing with the Lakers. In the middle of the night, Leonard's decision to go to the Clippers shocked fans and players alike. 

"Nobody saw it coming. That is the great and brilliance behind it. You know, Kawhi does everything his way. He’s quiet, he is a quiet guy.. There are a lot of misconceptions about him. It’s sick. I mean nobody in the world thought he was going to the Clippers."

After the Kawhi domino fell, the rest started to fall into place. Paul George was leaving OKC after one year and taking his talents to the Clippers. 

Beal recalled spending the day with George before the news came out. "He had his poker face on." 

The two were playing blackjack together just an hour before the news broke.

George was traded to the Clippers in exchange for four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick and two pick swaps.

According to reports that surfaced later, the Clippers had also reportedly inquired about trading for Beal to help bring Leonard to their team.

"I was in shock...I was like “P, you good? What is going on?” Beal said of the deal that sent George to Los Angeles. "All he did was send me the eyes like… and I said “oh [expletive] this is really happening.” 

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