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John Wall, Bradley Beal and Wizards keep doing things they haven't done in decades

John Wall, Bradley Beal and Wizards keep doing things they haven't done in decades

The 2016-17 Washington Wizards have accomplished so many things the franchise hadn't done in decades that it's legitimately hard to keep track, that it's almost inevitable an attempt at listing them will feature some sort of exclusion or oversight. 

Simply put, it's a long list. Here are at least most of the things that this year's Wizards have accomplished, that no Wizards or Bullets team before them had done in decades:

- won their division for the first time since 1978-79, breaking the longest division title drought in all of U.S. pro sports at 38 years

- won 47 games, marking the team's best record since 1978-79 when they won 54 and reached the NBA Finals

- clinched home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 1978-79

- won 30 games at home for the first time since 1988-89

- won 17 straight games at home for the first time since 1974-75

- scored 100 points or more in 23 straight games for the first time since 1988-89

- most three-pointers in franchise history (720)

- John Wall's 50 double-doubles are most in franchise history since Moses Malone had 50 in 1987-88

- Wall's 815 assists are the most in franchise history for a single season

- Bradley Beal's 215 three-pointers made are the most in franchise history

- Wall's 4,594 career assists are the most in franchise history. Earlier this season, he edged Wes Unseld's 3,822 (1969 to 1981)

- Wall's 870 career steals are the most in franchise history. He beat Greg Ballard's previous mark of 762 (1978 to 1985)

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The 47 wins and 720 threes marks, plus Wall's 50th double-double were all set on Tuesday night against the Hornets, as the Wizards once again made history like they have so many times this season. Throughout the night, there were some clear reminders of that at the Verizon Center. 

Before the game, head coach Scott Brooks remarked how the team wants to win 50 games, specifically noting the 38 years since they last did. In the locker room pregame each player had a 2016-17 Southeast Division championship hat in their stall. After the game, as he spoke to reporters, power forward Markieff Morris was wearing his and explained the sense of pride he currently feels being a part of a team that is taking their franchise to heights they haven't been in decades.

"It's the first time I've won a division. I saw [the hat] in my locker. I'm going to go home and give it to my mom," Morris said.

"It's amazing, man. Especially when you have the group of guys that we have. Everybody is really close. The coaches, the training staff, guys just work all-around here. It's a great group of people. It's unbelievable that it's been that long [since they had 47 wins], but we're happy to be here now. We're going to try to get to 50 wins and do something in the playoffs."

Bradley Beal has been in Washington much longer than Morris, who was traded to the Wizards in February of 2016. Beal was drafted in 2012 and has since seen the organization rise from the NBA's basement to where it is now.

"It's great. This is my first time in my career being part of a historical team, a team that has the opportunity to get 50 wins. That's definitely a goal of ours. That would be great for the city and the organization. It's an awesome thing. We're breaking tons of records this year. John broke the assists record. I broke the 3-point record. It's been fantastic. It's been a great run. It's kind of crazy. It's my fifth season and it's kind of flew by. It's just life. That's hoops. We've been having a good year. We want it to continue and it hasn't ended yet… we've still got a lot of unfinished work to do," he said.

Wall can speak to that rise even more. The first overall pick in 2010, Wall has been the driving force behind their ascension. He was the first piece and the first step in all of it.

"[Shoot], I've been on the worst [teams]. I've been here from the beginning when it was the worst and we won 19 games. The way this organization has evolved where a lot of guys have worked out and got better at their craft, having a new coaching staff and guys just buying into it, it's a big accomplishment for us but we still want to hit 50. We want to finish strong and prepare ourselves for the playoffs. 

"We feel like we have a special team if we stay healthy. Just play at a high level every game and we have something special we can do here. You never know what can happen in a [playoff] series. But it's great. Everything we have accomplished this year, it shows that this team stuck together. When we were going through our downfall, nobody pointed anybody out. We just stuck together as a group and said let's get out of this hole. It's great to be on a winning team."

Wall, Beal and others have ushered in a new era for the Wizards. Clearly, they want to keep going and mark even more exclusive territory.

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.


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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario


The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.

But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.

So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.

1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.

2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.

6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.

7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.


9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.

11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.

12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.

14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.

15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.

16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.

18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)

19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.

21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie. 

22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.



25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.

27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.

28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.

29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.

30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.