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John Wall climbing the Wizards' charts

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John Wall climbing the Wizards' charts

Perhaps it's the constant talk about John Wall's youth or that the All-Star point guard's game still has room to grow that we forget he's been in the NBA for than a minute. Hard to believe, but the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 Draft is entering his sixth season with the Washington Wizards. Time flies faster than a Wall-fueled fast break. 

It's not just that he's been around, but it's where Wall already ranks among the best in franchise history. No, we're not hanging jersey's in the rafters or comparing his legacy to those of "The Big E" or Wes. The debate between Wall and Gilbert Arenas, the man he replaced as face of the franchise, that's certainly an interesting debate for another day. But let's talk pure stats. CSN's Chris Miller posted this tweet Wednesday night.

After five seasons, Wall already ranks second in Bullets/Wizards history with 2,990 assists. According to BasketballReference.com, that's more than Agent Zero and Phil Chenier, more than Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and Bobby Dandridge, more than Kevin Porter or Rod Strickland (2,712), who Wall surpassed for second last season. Only Unseld (3,822), a deft passer - and not just for a big man - leads Wall at this point. For those wondering, Unseld did not receive bonus assists for those amazing full-court outlet passes, though it would have been cool if he did.

Wall needs 833 to take over the top spot. If that sounds like a lot, it is. 

Since the 2010-11 season, only one player (Chris Paul) reached that number. Paul led the NBA with 838 last season. Wall came in second with a career-high 792 over 79 games.

Do that math and that's 10 assists per contest. In other words, if Wall played all 82 games and maintained his season average, he would have finished with 822. 

This should be a fun stat to track over the course of the season, especially if Wall starts ripping off 12 or more night early on. For the sake of the team goals - yes, we're talking playoffs - having Wall play all 82 games isn't the way to go. Having him sit even a handful of games probably takes 833 off the table. Then again, let's not discount what some extra incentive can do for the kid from Raleigh.

RELATED: Could John Wall play his way into MVP conversation in 2015-16?

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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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John Wall's take on Dwight Howard 

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By the numbers: Is new Wizards center Dwight Howard still in his NBA prime? 

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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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