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NBA legend Ray Allen says Beal reminds him of himself

NBA legend Ray Allen says Beal reminds him of himself

At 6-foot-5 and with a picture-perfect shooting stroke, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal has been compared to NBA legend Ray Allen ever since he was in high school. Lots of player comparisons are thrown out there for every professional athlete, but this one even Allen himself can acknowledge.

The former Sonics, Bucks, Celtics and Heat star was asked recently by HypeBeast.com which NBA player reminds him most of himself and he brought up Beal:

"I’d say maybe Bradley Beal."

Beal has a long way to go to match Allen's career, of course. Allen was a 10-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA selection and two-time champion. But Beal does appear to be on the right track to become an Allen-type player.

Take a look at his numbers this season. Beal, in his Age 23 year, is averaging 22.2 points on 44.8% shooting, including 39.1% from three. In Allen's Age 23 season, he scored 17.1 points per game on 45% shooting, including 35.6% from three.

To be fair, that was Allen's third NBA season, while Beal is currently in his fifth. Also, it was the next year, Allen's Age 24 season, that he really took off and became one of the most accurate three-point shooters in NBA history. Allen also did a few things better than Beal does currently, like rebound and shoot free throws at a higher percentage.

But if Allen himself can admit the similarities, you know they are legitimate.

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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Today the NBA announced that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has the most popular jersey in Japan.

Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season through January.

Hachimura's ranking shouldn't come as a surprise, as the rookie became the first Japanese-born player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the Wizards took him ninth overall last summer.

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Wizards and the Warriors. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks rounded out the top five.

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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