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John Wall's All-NBA nod puts him in exclusive company in Wizards/Bullets franchise history

John Wall's All-NBA nod puts him in exclusive company in Wizards/Bullets franchise history

John Wall continues to make his mark among the all-time greats in the history of the Wizards and Bullets franchise.

With his selection for third-team All-NBA honors on Thursday, Wall became just the 13th player in franchise history to make an All-NBA team. This is the 23rd All-NBA selection for the franchise overall. Wall is the fourth to earn third-team honors.

Here is the full list of All-NBA team selections in Wizards/Bullets history:

All-NBA first team

Wes Unseld - 1968-69
Earl Monroe - 1968-69
Elvin Hayes - 1974-75, 1976-77, 1978-79

All-NBA second team

Gus Johnson - 1964-65, 1965-66, 1969-70, 1970-71
Archie Clark - 1971-72
Elvin Hayes - 1972-73, 1973-74, 1975-76
Phil Chenier - 1974-75
Bob Dandridge - 1978-79
Moses Malone - 1986-87
Rod Strickland - 1997-98
Gilbert Arenas - 2006-07

All-NBA third team

Bernard King - 1990-91
Juwan Howard - 1995-96
Gilbert Arenas - 2004-05, 2005-06
John Wall - 2016-17

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Wall, 26, had his best season in what was his seventh year in the NBA. He set career-highs with 23.1 points, 10.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He also set personal bests in field goal percentage (45.1) and effective field goal percentage (48.2).

Wall's place in franchise history was cemented in several ways this season. He set the franchise record for career assists and steals, as well as the single-season record for assists. His 2016-17 season was also the first time in franchise history a Washington player has averaged at least 20 points and 10 assists per game.

Wall was of course also a big reason behind the Wizards doing many things as a team they hadn't done in a long, long time. Their division title was their first since 1978-79, a span of 38 years. That was the longest division championship drought in U.S. professional sports. 

The Wizards also won 49 games, their most since 1978-79. And by reaching the seventh game in the second round of the playoffs, they got further than they had been since 1979.

Wall has already earned a special place in franchise history and he will likely have many more accomplishments like this in the years to come.

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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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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