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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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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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