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CSN Summer Series: John Wall is finally getting the attention he deserves as a superstar

CSN Summer Series: John Wall is finally getting the attention he deserves as a superstar

On Thursday, July 13 CSN will air specials on John Wall (7 p.m.) and Bradley Beal (8 p.m.). Part of CSN's 'Summer Series,' the hour-long shows will look at the impact each has made on the Wizards following the best season for the franchise since the 1970s. To help preview Wall's special, here is a look at his road to stardom with the Wizards...

The honor of All-NBA should’ve come a couple of seasons ago, when John Wall was beaten out by Kyrie Irving by virtue of the LeBron James coattail effect, but the voters got it right after last season.

The Cavs were again the best team in the East, though they were a No. 2 seed, but Wall wasn’t overshadowed. He led the Wizards to their best season in four decades with 49 wins and came one victory shy of the conference finals.

The numbers tell part of the story: Career-highs in points (23.1), assists (10.7), steals (2.0) and field-goal accuracy (45.1%).

Then Wall took it to another level in the playoffs by exceeding his previous highest scoring average by almost 10 points. He put up 27.2 points in those 13 games and didn’t sacrifice his distribution (10.3 assists) or overall shooting accuracy (45.2%).

[RELATED: CSN Summer Series: Beal's development as a star worth the wait]

He did all of this coming off double knee surgery four months before training camp.

The Wizards began 2-8 but they picked it up when Wall committed more on the defensive end. When he was able to stop the ball, combined with the offensive potency around him in three-point shooters Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, they were a juggernaut.

That led to a 17-game home winning streak to turn everything around and secure them a No. 4 seed.

After many failures, Wall finally made a game-winning shot in the last five seconds of a game to beat the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 10. He hit the winning three on a broken play in Game 6 vs. the Boston Celtics of the East semifinals to force Game 7.

[RELATED: John Wall's jersey ranks as one of the most popular in the NBA]

Though Wall still laments the lack of respect he gets nationally, he’s at least trending upward. His 50 double-doubles got him on the third All-NBA team behind Isaiah Thomas who had five. He was third in the other receiving votes category for the All-Defensive team though Wall has played better than he did this past season on that end.

In the high-profile games, most notably the last two meetings with the Cavs, Wall torched Irving on both ends. He went at Steph Curry in a win at home over Golden State and despite his more workmanlike output (12 points, 19 assists, six rebounds) he did the job defensively.

Wall will never be Curry when it comes to shooting threes, but Curry can never be Wall when it comes to defensive ability. Wall also proved he can be a scorer without the three-point volume. He bested his career-high of 47 points with 52 vs. the Orlando Magic.

He set a new career-high by getting 20 assists in a March 17 win vs. Chicago.

It’s no longer a conversation of where Wall belongs among East point guards. He’s the best of them all with the possibility of getting even better.

The new conversation is where he ranks overall among the best players. If Wall can be a better defender for longer stretches with the strides he has made offensively and as a leader, he’ll keep climbing.

[RELATED: Beal on him and Wall: 'We are the best backcourt in the league']

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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.

In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.

Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor. 

He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team. 

The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action. 


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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again. 

Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics. 

This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.

She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.

In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal. 

Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen.