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Jared Dudley doing league-leading work from distance


Jared Dudley doing league-leading work from distance

The Wizards added forward Jared Dudley for a few reasons. At the top of the list, provide the roster with a 3-point shooting capable of playing the "four" role. One look at the Tuesday's NBA stats shows he's doing just that.

Entering Tuesday's slate of NBA games, Dudley leads the entire league with a 48.7% clip from beyond the arc, just ahead of notables like Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry.

In 25 games, the 6-foot-7 forward is 37 of 76 on 3-point attempts -- and his numbers are rising. In December, Dudley is shooting 51.2 percent (22 of 43). Remember that he wasn't at full strength when the season began after undergoing back surgery this summer following the trade to Washington from Milwaukee. The strong start this season bumped Dudley up to 40 percent from deep or his career.

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It's not just accuracy, but consistency. In 11 games this month in which Dudley attempted a 3-pointer, he made at least half nine times. In back-to-back home wins over Charlotte and Sacramento, he knocked down 3 of 5 in each game.

Dudley's presence provides point guard/assist machine John Wall with another viable target and creates room for teammates in Washington's pace-and-space offense. Garrett Temple made five of the Wizards' 14 3-pointers in Monday's 113-99 win over the Kings.

“Jared [Dudley] has been tremendous," Temple said. "He did a great job again tonight shooting the ball, but John is John. He is going to create so much. People are going to stick to him, and look at him especially since we are so depleted, so we have to continue to be ready to shoot.”

Like most players, being ready to shoot is no issue for Dudley. Same goes playing heavy minutes, which is something he and his teammates have done lately because others are out with injuries. Washington only had nine players available against Sacramento and just seven played until the final minute. 

"I don't look at it as a disadvantage going 7-8 guys,"Dudley said. "You get more of a rhythm, you get more time to go out there. ...The question is can you mentally sustain it for 48 minutes."

Dudley has quite the 3-point shooting rhythm one-quarter of the way through the season. Seeing as the Wizards prefer this up-temp, 3-point shooting style, they certainly hope he can sustain it.

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Wizards plan to introduce Dwight Howard Monday

Wizards plan to introduce Dwight Howard Monday

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.