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Gulf widens for Wall, All-Star start virtually out of reach


Gulf widens for Wall, All-Star start virtually out of reach

Any outside shot that John Wall had of making a late surge to nab a starting spot in the NBA All-Star Game for the second year in a row is virtually gone.

The NBA released its third returns Thursday, before fan voting closes Monday at midnight, and Wall remains in fifth place among all East guards (behind Dwyane Wade, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler) and third among point guards (Irving, Lowry).

The top two vote-getters among guards and the top three frontcourt players will be named starters Jan. 21. Wall likely will be named a reserve when NBA coaches vote exactly a week later.


Irving (399,757) widened his lead over Wall from almost 65,000 votes in the last tally to more than 100,000 this week. Wall (281,936) and Lowry (367,472) were All-Stars last season, too.

Wade (736,732) leads all East guards while LeBron James has received the conference's most votes (830,345).

The most significant movement came among East frontcourt players where Carmelo Anthony (368,336), bolstered by a Twitter campaign (as was Irving) involving James last week, moved ahead of Andre Drummond (361,307) to the No. 3 spot for the starting job along with James and Paul George (569,947).

After jumping Kawhi Leonard (487,626) in the last vote, Draymond Green (499,947) retains his narrow lead for the third and final starting spot among West frontcourt players.

Kobe Bryant (1,533,432), the leader in overall votes, will start along with Kevin Durant (774,782) and either Green or Leonard while the guards are slated to be Steph Curry (1,206,467) and Russell Westbrook (609,901)

The voting campaign launched by James and friends hasn't been enough to elevate Chris Paul (410,284), who is third.

East guards

Dwyane Wade (Mia) 736,732

Kyrie Irving (Cle) 399,757

Kyle Lowry (Tor) 367,472

Jimmy Butler (Chi) 356,561

John Wall (Was) 281,936

DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 262,683

Derrick Rose (Chi) 217,986

Jeremy Lin (Cha) 155,475

Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 111,838

Reggie Jackson (Det) 57,736


LeBron James (Cle) 830,345

Paul George (Ind) 569,947

Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 368,336

Andre Drummond (Det) 361,307

Pau Gasol (Chi) 294,172

Chris Bosh (Mia) 266,817

Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 248,783

Kevin Love (Cle) 241,700

Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 226,039

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 60,953

Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 45,743

Marcin Gortat (Was) 34,747

Joakim Noah (Chi) 34,274

DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 31,861

Paul Millsap (Atl) 29,576

West guards

Stephen Curry (GS) 1,206,467

Russell Westbrook (OKC) 609,901

Chris Paul (LAC) 410,284

Klay Thompson (GS) 386,053

James Harden (Hou) 319,596

Rajon Rondo (Sac) 157,298

Manu Ginobili (SA) 144,712

Andre Iguodala (GS) 142,047

Tony Parker (SA) 123,136

Damian Lillard (Por) 105,797


Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,533,432

Kevin Durant (OKC) 774,782

Draymond Green (GS) 499,947

Kawhi Leonard (SA) 487,626

Blake Griffin (LAC) 396,630

Anthony Davis (NO) 326,070

Tim Duncan (SA) 303,498

Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 299,584

DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 267,087

Enes Kanter (OKC) 261,608

LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 176,956

Dwight Howard (Hou) 155,975

DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 133,484

Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 128,962

Harrison Barnes (GS) 113,607

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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.