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Morning tip: John Wall's sights on All-Star Game and All-NBA team

Morning tip: John Wall's sights on All-Star Game and All-NBA team

His sixth game of 40 minutes or more in the books, John Wall finally has the Wizards where they hadn't been since Nov. 24, 2015. Keeping them with a winning record, with the second game of a back-to-back at the Boston Celtics tonight, is key to his hopes of being a four-time All-Star and first-time All-NBA performer.

"I've been an All-Star before. I've been a starter. I've never been on an All-NBA team," said Wall, who hit the game-winning shot and registered his 23rd double-double vs. the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. "I'll be very disappointed if I don't make it this year, to be honest with you. On both."

Based on the first round of All-Star fan voting, which counts for 50% of the equation to determine starters for the Feb. 19 game in New Orleans, Wall likely won't be a starter as in 2015 when the Wizards opened that season 22-8 and played on Christmas Day when he dominated the N.Y. Knicks. They started 2-8 this year but are 19-18 after erasing an 18-point deficit to beat Chicago as Wall had a game-high 26 points, 14 assists and five rebounds. It was his 10th game of 12 more more assists.

No other conference player is in Wall's zip code when it comes to the points-assist double-double. He was just seventh in the fan voting among East guards at 87,000 -- 41,000-plus behind sixth-place Kyle Lowry and fifth-place Derrick Rose. The top two, as it stands Kyrie Irving and Dwyane Wade, will start but media and players also will vote to comprise the other 50%. Coaches will determine the reserves. The next round of fan voting comes out Thursday.

The lack of national attention and respect has long bothered Wall, who was irked at end-of-regular-season media voting that put Irving on the All-NBA team ahead of him for the 2014-15 season.

The Wizards were just 41-41 last year and missed the playoffs. Wall required surgeries to both knees May 5 but still averaged 19.9 points and 10 assists per game. Despite having to use part of this regular season to play his way back into shape, Wall is putting up career-highs of 23.4 points, 10.4 assists and 2.2 steals to go with 4.5 rebounds. He was named Player of the Month in December when he posted 10 double-doubles and set a career-high with 52 points.

"I don't know how you can start an All-Star Game and don't make an All-NBA team," Wall said of what he perceived as a slight in 2015. "I was close to averaging 20 and 10 (last year). Both of those recognitions mean a lot to me but All-NBA team is very important. I know there's a lot of great guards in this league and they're all playing well. 

"I know you don't get noticed if your team is not winning. We're a team that's back in the playoff picture. I think that should help me get over the hump from where we started early in the season. I don't know too many guys that won Player of the Month and wasn't an All-Star or made the All-NBA team. ... Got to see what happens."

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Why Scott Brooks is amazed by John Wall's, Bradley Beal's scouting abilities

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Why Scott Brooks is amazed by John Wall's, Bradley Beal's scouting abilities

When John Wall's and Bradley Beal's playing days are over -- whenever that may be -- they both might be well-suited for front office jobs. To a certain extent, they're already acting as high-level scouts, according to Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks. 

The Wizards' stars -- who Beal previously said make up the NBA's best backcourt -- aren't just scouting their opponents around the league. Players of all different levels and around the globe are on their radar, which prompted Brooks to ask the obvious question about the two relatively new dads:

"When do they have time?"

Brooks sat down with NBC Sports Washington Wizards Insider Chris Miller on Monday and explained how closely Wall and Beal follow basketball players everywhere.

"The thing I love about John and Brad -- they love the game," Brooks said. "You can call them up. It could be high school players, it could be WNBA players, it could be college players, it could be European players -- they know them. It's like, don't you guys have a life? They know them."

Beal attended the Wizards' pre-draft workout on Monday, while Wall went to at least one similar workout in the past. 

Brooks specifically highlighted Beal's ability as a scout and speculated about his potential success in the future, should the guard pursue that avenue when he's done playing.

"Bradley can do it all," Brooks said. "He's not only a great player. He's gonna be a great coach and a great general manager."

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2019 NBA Draft Preview Special: How to watch

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2019 NBA Draft Preview Special: How to watch

Hungry for more analysis before the 2019 NBA Draft? Were the countless mock drafts and all the trade and free agent articles not enough? Well, we've got you covered. 

Analysts from every branch of the NBC Sports Regional Network will break down the possible outcomes of the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday, just before the draft begins. 

NBA insider Tom Haberstroh will host the 2019 NBA Draft preview, with coast-to-coast interactive coverage. The special will stream live on the MyTeams app at noon and 3 p.m. ET. 

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The special will be available on the MyTeams by NBC Sports App.

If you haven't downloaded the MyTeams App, you can do so here, now.

How to Watch NBC Sports' 2019 NBA Draft Preview

When: Thurs. June 20

Time: 12-12:30 p.m. & 3-3:30 p.m. ET

Who: Tom Haberstroh, NBA insider. NBC Sports Wasington's Wizards Insider Chris Miller, and regional NBC Sports NBA analysts. 

Stream: MyTeams App

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