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Kansas star Josh Jackson, projected top 5 pick, declares for 2017 NBA Draft

Kansas star Josh Jackson, projected top 5 pick, declares for 2017 NBA Draft

One of the best college basketball players in the country has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft.

On Monday, Kansas swingman Josh Jackson announced he will leave college for the pros and has already picked an agent in former NBA player B.J. Armstrong.

Jackson, 20, played just one year at Kansas before making the leap.

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He averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 reobunds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks for the Jayhawks. Jackson shot 51.3 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three. He scored in double figures in 17 straight games to end the season, including four games in the NCAA Tournament.

At 6-foot-8, Jackson is arguably the best non-point guard prospect in the draft. Most mock drafts have point guards Markelle Fultz of Washington and Lonzo Ball of UCLA as the top two prospects with Jackon somewhere between the third and fifth overall pick. Right now DraftExpress.com has him ranked third.

Jackson's biggest competition for the best player at his position is Duke's Jayson Tatum, who declared for the draft last month.

Tatum is also 6-foot-8 and averaged around 16 points and seven rebounds as a freshman.  

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John Wall ranked ninth-best top pick since 2000 by Bleacher Report

John Wall ranked ninth-best top pick since 2000 by Bleacher Report

All Wizards fans remember that faithful November 2nd night back in 2010. The Verizon Center was packed to the brim in anticipation of the 20-year-old phenom out of the University of Kentucky.   

The air was electric, and all fans rejoiced when the name "John Wall," was announced as the starting point guard of the Wizards, as they were set to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Fast forward to 2020: Wall is a 5x All-Star, 1x All-NBA selection, and 1x All-Defensive selection, but how does he measure up to the other No. 1 overall picks of the 2000s?

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Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey recently ranked the No.1 overall selections of the 2000s and he placed Wall ... ninth.

Bailey spelled out an intricate explanation of the methodology he used to rank these players, but I'll give the SparkNotes version before we dive into his reasoning. 

  • Box plus/minus, win shares per 48 minutes and player efficiency rating
  • Usage percentage
  • Both regular-season and playoff numbers
  • Championship points and MVP shares
  • A fan vote to "add a little subjective flavor"

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Now let's get into why Bailey slotted Wall at 9.

Bailey starts off acknowledging something that true fans of basketball are aware of: Prior to his recent injuries, Wall was one of the best guards in the game.

"He was one of the game's most dominant point men before that," Bailey said. 

"From 2013-14 to 2016-17, Wall averaged 20.0 points, 9.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game," he continued "In that stretch, the Wizards were plus-3.1 points per 100 possessions with Wall on the floor and minus-5.2 with him off."

I like the path you're on, Bailey, but don't forget to mention Wall was also an All-Star in every single season mentioned above. 

Bailey then went on to address the drop off in Walls production because of injury, which is fair, due to the fact that "Wall's only managed 73 appearances since the start of the 2017-18 campaign."

The eight players  ahead of Wall on the list are Derrick Rose, Karl-Anthony Towns, Yao Ming, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James, respectively,

The nine slot for Wall isn't terrible seeing as though he's virtually missed the past two seasons of basketball. The bigger question is: When it's all said and done, how far can Wall catapult up this list? 

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Does he have to claim an MVP title to jump Rose? Will an NBA Championship place him above/below Irving? 

We'll just have to wait and see. 

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NBA's latest return-to-play plan would include Wizards in 22-team format

NBA's latest return-to-play plan would include Wizards in 22-team format

The NBA is reportedly targeting July 31 as the date to resume the 2019-20 season, but how the league will return to action is still under consideration.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, numerous members of the NBA's board of governors are in favor of a 22-team format that would likely include play-in games to compete for playoff spots.

In the proposed format, teams that are within six games of the final playoff spot would be invited to compete at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., where the league is planning to resume the season in a "bubble-like" format.

That means the Wizards, who currently sit 5.5 games back of the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, would be the only team invited from the East that currently doesn't hold a playoff spot.

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In the West, four teams -- the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings -- are all within six games of the conference's final playoff spot. 

This news comes after general managers expressed their interest in expanding the playoff field from 16 to 20-24 teams earlier this week.

The NBA has yet to decide how the final playoff spot will be determined, whether that be based on multiple regular season games or a play-in style tournament, according to Wojnarowski. Regardless, the league is adamant about playing multiple regular season games before entering the playoffs, according to the report.

Commissioner Adam Silver indefinitely suspended the NBA season on March 11 when Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and the league has been on hiatus ever since.

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