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Iverson, O'Neal, Driesell nominated for Basketball Hall of Fame


Iverson, O'Neal, Driesell nominated for Basketball Hall of Fame

Voters for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame won't need much practice when it comes to inducting Allen Iverson. For the 2016 class, we're talking first ballot lock.

The first true step toward the former Georgetown great becoming enshrined in the Hall of Fame occurred Friday in Toronto during NBA All-Star weekend. Iverson and four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal were among 14 finalists announced along with former University of Maryland coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell.

Other finalists include former Phoenix Suns guard Kevin Johnson; coaches Robert Hughes, Tom Izzo, John McLendon, Bo Ryan, Eddie Sutton, Leta Andrews, Muffet McGraw; referee Darell Garrettson; WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes and 10-time AAU National Champions Wayland Baptist University.

The official press release included bios for all 14 finalists, which for the players primarily consist of stats and awards. For Iverson, the 2001 NBA Most Valuable Player and a three-time first-team ALl-NBA selection, that includes averaging 26.7 points over his 14 seasons and leading the league in scoring three times. As one of the most influential players on and off the court for his style and approach, mere stats don't do his legend justice. Since the Basketball Hall of Fame also includes college, we'll note Iverson finished with the highest career scoring average at Georgetown. 

It would be a true Shaqtin-a-fool scenario if O'Neal didn't join Iverson as a first-ballot inductee. The massive center was a 15-time All-Star, league MVP in 2000, three time NBA Finals MVP nd 1993 Rookie of the Year.

Driesell is the only coach in NCAA history to win 100 games at four different schools and just one of four coaches to lead four schools to the NCAA Tournament. He currently ranks eighth among Division I coaches in all-time victories with an overall coaching record of 786-394 (.666) with his greatest success coming at Maryland during the 1970's and early 80's. Also mentioned in his bio? Driesell received the NCAA Award of Valor in 1974 after saving children from a house fire. He was inducted in the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

The Class of 2016 will be announced on Monday, April 4 prior to the NCAA Men’s Championship game,with the enshrinement festivities September 8-10 in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

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