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Morning tip: Wizards' Brooks confident in Beal despite shooting slump

Morning tip: Wizards' Brooks confident in Beal despite shooting slump

Right in the middle of the best season of his career so far, Wizards guard Bradley Beal is mired in his worst shooting slump as an NBA player.

In their loss to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, Beal shot just 4-for-15 from the field and 0-for-7 from three-point range. In his last three games, Beal is just 12-of-42 (.286) from the field and 1-of-21 from three.

Beal, in fact, has now missed 19 straight three-point attempts. That's the longest three-point slump of his career. 

Beal hasn't hit a three now in two straight games, each time going 0-for-7. That follows a career-best streak of 30 straight games in which he had at least one three. And this current three-game slump comes after he went 14-of-22 (63.6%) in four outings.

Going without a three for two straight games matches the second-longest drought of Beal's career. His longest was five games, back in December of 2012, his rookie season.

It's just not often you see Beal go this cold and, as a result, he is currently shooting a career-low 38.4 percent from three this season.

Those numbers are ugly, but head coach Scott Brooks believes Beal will snap out of it soon.

"Every player in this league is going to go through some shooting slumps. Hopefully he can get out of it in the next game," Brooks said.

That next game will be Monday in Charlotte, as the Wizards close a three-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams. In order to break out of his recent slide, Beal just needs to keep shooting, Brooks says:

"He’s getting good looks. They aren’t falling for him right now. But I’ve been around Brad for four, five or six months now. He’s diligent in his work. He gets his shots in. He doesn’t change his routine. I think that’s the best way to get out of some missed shots. But he’s getting good looks."

Beal's Saturday night also included two scary moments, both in the fourth quarter. With just over five minutes left, Beal crashed hard to the floor and hit his head on the hardwood.

Later in the quarter, Beal fell in a heap under the basket and grabbed his left knee. It has been a tough few days for Beal, but Brooks is not at all concerned.

"He just needs to keep believing in it becuase I do and his teammates do," he said.

[RELATED: VIDEO: Pistons beat Wizards on last second tip-in]

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NBA Draft 2018: Mavs trade up to select Luka Doncic, send Trae Young to Hawks

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NBA Draft 2018: Mavs trade up to select Luka Doncic, send Trae Young to Hawks

The Dallas Mavericks traded up two spots to select Luka Doncic with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Mavericks swapped its first round pick, No. 5 overall, with the Atlanta Hawks, who then took Oklahoma star Trae Young.

The Hawks had been interested in trading back to select Young all week.  

Along with the No. 5 overall pick, Dallas will send a 2019 protected first round pick, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania. No players are involved in the trade.

Doncic, the 19-year-old guard, dominated in Europe this past season. He was named EuroLeague MVP, finishing the year averaging 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists over 25 minutes per game.

Young broke out in his freshman season at Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to a March Madness berth. He scored 27.4 points and picked up 8.7 assists per game, leading the country in both categories.

Young will likely become the replacement to Dennis Schroder, who is expected to be traded by the Hawks.  

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2018 NBA Draft Results: round-by-round picks, updates, live tracker

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2018 NBA Draft Results: round-by-round picks, updates, live tracker

The 2018 NBA Draft is finally here and with the Phoenix Suns on the clock and Arizona center DeAndre Ayton expected to be the No. 1 overall pick, the Thursday night festivities can get underway.

The NBA Draft is arguably the best non-sporting sports event of the Summer, with the best college and international basketball players ready to find out which teams they will begin their professional careers with.

From booms to busts, draft night trades and shocking selections, the NBA Draft provides a lot to unpack.

Here are the results from the 2018 NBA Draft, with live updates and analysis on every first and second-round draft pick.

2018 NBA Draft First Round Results

PICK (1): Phoenix Suns select C Deandre Ayton (Arizona): Ayton is a big-bodied center with classic post moves and a 7-foot-5 wingspan. You can't pass him up.

PICK (2): Sacramento Kings select F Marvin Bagley III (Duke): Bagley is an explosive frontcourt player who should thrive in today's NBA.

PICK (3): Atlanta Hawks traded draft rights of SG Luka Doncic (Slovenia) to the Dallas Mavericks: We have our first Woj Bomb!

Doncic can go to his left or his right and is a big-time shotmaker. He might be the best overall player in this draft, it's just going to be in Dallas instead of Atlanta.

More on the Atlanta Hawks-Dallas Mavericks trade here.

PICK (4): Memphis Grizzlies select F Jaren Jackson Jr. (Michigan State): Jaren Jackson is a modern big man in today's NBA. He might be the best overall defender in this draft.

PICK (5): Dallas Mavericks traded draft rights of PG Trae Young (Oklahoma) to the Atlanta Hawks: Hawks GM Travis Schlenk was an Assistant GM in Golden State with Steph Curry. Trae Young can be Schlenk's version of Steph Curry in Atlanta.

PICK (6): Orlando Magic select C Mohamed Bamba (Texas): Mo Bamba's 7-foot-10 wingspan is the longest in this draft and his defensive prowess and rebounding will make him a contributor immediately.

PICK (7): Chicago Bulls select F Wendell Carter (Duke): The second Duke Blue Devil off the board in the 2018 NBA Draft is an insane rebounder and has a well-rounded offensive game and good footwork. The Bulls know what they're getting in this draft with Wendell Carter.

PICK (8): Cleveland Cavaliers select PG Collin Sexton (Alabama): He may play with LeBron James in Cleveland, he might not. Regardless of LeBron's decision, Collin Sexton is a ball-dominant point guard who's extremely quick and impressive on defense.

PICK (9): New York Knicks select F Kevin Knox (Kentucky): Kevin Knox is a volume scorer, something the Knicks need with Kristaps Porzingis sidelined with a knee injury. Knox can knock down shots from inside and out, which bodes well for his NBA career.

PICK (10): Philadelphia 76ers select SF Mikal Bridges (Villanova): A two-time national champion, Mikal Bridges can fill up the basket from all over the court and is a solid defender. He's a prototypical 3-and-D player.

PICK (11): Charlotte Hornets traded the draft rights to PG Shai Gilgeous Alexander (Kentucky) to the Los Angeles Clippers: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a high-character, versatile guard, who some argue is the best overall point guard in the 2018 NBA Draft. (Player profile)

ANOTHER WOJ BOMB!

PICK (12): Los Angeles Clippers traded the draft rights to SF Miles Bridges (Michigan State) to the Charlotte Hornets: Miles Bridges is a big-bodied small forward with quickness and athleticism that make him an elite finisher at the rim.

PICK (13): Los Angeles Clippers select G Jerome Robinson (Boston College): Jerome Robinson turned himself into a high-volume scorer during his junior season at Boston College, finishing second in the ACC in scoring behind Marvin Bagley.

PICK (14): Denver Nuggets select F Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri): A year ago Michael Porter Jr. was expected to be a top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but a back injury limited his college career to only a handful of games. Even still, he might have the most upside in the 2018 NBA Draft.

PICK (15): Washington Wizards select

PICK (16): Phoenix Suns select

PICK (17): Milwaukee Bucks select

PICK (18): San Antonio Spurs select

PICK (19): Atlanta Hawks select

PICK (20): Minnesota Timberwolves select

PICK (21): Utah Jazz select

PICK (22): Chicago Bulls select

PICK (23): Indiana Pacers select

PICK (24): Portland Trail Blazers select

PICK (25): Los Angeles Lakers select

PICK (26): Philadelphia 76ers select

PICK (27): Boston Celtics select

PICK (28): Golden State Warriors select

PICK (29): Brooklyn Nets select

PICK (30): Atlanta Hawks select

2018 NBA Draft First Round Results

PICK (31): Phoenix Suns select

PICK (32): Memphis Grizzlies select

PICK (33): Dallas Mavericks select

PICK (34): Atlanta Hawks select

PICK (35): Orlando Magic select

PICK (36): New York Knicks select

PICK (37): Sacramento Kings select

PICK (38): Philadelphia 76ers select

PICK (39): Los Angeles Lakers select

PICK (40): Brooklyn Nets select

PICK (41): Orlando Magic select

PICK (42): Detroit Pistons select

PICK (43): Denver Nuggets select

PICK (44): Washington Wizards select

PICK (45): Brooklyn Nets select

PICK (46): Houston Rockets select

PICK (47): Los Angeles Lakers select

PICK (48): Minnesota Timberwolves select

PICK (49): San Antonio Spurs select

PICK (50): Indiana Pacers select

PICK (51): New Orleans Pelicans select

PICK (52): Utah Jazz select

PICK (53): Oklahoma City Thunder select

PICK (54): Dallas Mavericks select

PICK (55): Charlotte Hornets select

PICK (56): Philadelphia 76ers select

PICK (57): Oklahoma City Thunder select

PICK (58): Denver Nuggets select

PICK (59): Phoenix Suns select

PICK (60): Philadelphia 76ers select

Before the draft: The NBA Draft always brings questionable fashion decisions. This year is no different. Trae Young is wearing a shorts suit and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is wearing ... whatever he's wearing. Colin Sexton is wearing a suit WITH HIMSELF on the inside.

Ah the annual shoes with spikes photo. This year, the shoes are on the feet of Collin Sexton and Marvin Bagley III