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John Wall fails to crack All-NBA team selections


John Wall fails to crack All-NBA team selections

A day after John Wall became the first Wizards player to make an All-NBA Defensive team in a decade, the point guard was dealt the ultimate snub Thursday as he was passed over for all three All-NBA teams.

Wall averaged 17.6 points, 10.0 assists (second in NBA), 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in leading the Wizards to the playoffs for the second year in a row and 46 wins. But it wasn't enough as Stephen Curry (first team), Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook (second team) and Kyrie Irving (third team) beat out Wall.

Curry was the league MVP for the Golden State Warriors, Paul led the league in assists with 10.3 for the L.A. Clippers and Westbrook was a triple-double machine in leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 45-win season mostly without Kevin Durant.

But Irving's selection over Wall was the head-scratcher. Aside from being Wall's backup for the All-Star Game -- Wall had a better season than Irving last year and was Irving's All-Star backup because of the popular fan voting -- Irving finished ahead of him again despite averaging just 5.2 assists per game as a point guard. In one game this season, Irving had 0 assists in a full game despite playing alongside LeBron James and Kevin Love.

1st team: James, Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol

2nd team: Paul, Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins and Pau Gasol

3rd team: Irving, Klay Thompson, Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan and DeAndre Jordan

James and Curry were the only unanimous selections, receiving all 129 votes for the first team.

Irving didn't receive any first-team votes but tallied 112 points. Wall only had 50. Like for the All-Defensive Teams released Wednesday, no other Wizards player received a vote for All-NBA.

Voting is done before the playoffs and what happens there isn't a factor.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

The Washington Wizards selected international prospect Issuf Sanon with the 44th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Like Wizards first round pick Troy Brown, Sanon is just 18 years old and does not turn 19 until Oct. 30. President of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said that Sanon is a draft-and-stash prospect and will play at least the following year for Olimpija, a professional team in Slovenia.

Here’s what you need to know about Sanon:

Height: 6-4

Weight: 172

2017-18 stats: 20.5 mpg, 6.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.2 bpg, 42.9 FG%, 28.3 3PT%, 50 FT%

*Sanon is a defensive-minded combo guard that is not expected to be ready for the next few years. However, he thrived defensively, allowing just 0.471 points per isolation possession, according to the NBA. That ranks in the 92nd percentile. In the past two seasons in Ukraine’s second division, Sanon averaged 4.6 steals per game.

*While playing in the 2017 U-18 Euros for the Ukrainian National team last summer, Sanon broke out, averaging 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game. 

*During the middle of the 2017-18 season, Sanon changed teams. He moved from Ukraine’s Dnipro to the more competitive Olimpija in Slovenia.

*The biggest area of improvement for Sanon is developing his offensive game further. While he is just 18 and very raw, Sanon’s numbers have dipped since his move to Olimpija, especially shooting wise. Sanon’s strength comes in transition and his 6-4 frame helps him when slashing to the rim.

*Though he will not play for the Wizards anytime soon, he will come to the United States and play on the Wizards’ Summer League team.