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NBA power rankings have Wizards as high as 3rd, ahead of Cavs

NBA power rankings have Wizards as high as 3rd, ahead of Cavs

The Wizards are playing well, like, really well. Since Dec. 1 they have the best record in the East and they currently place fifth in the conference at 27-20.

That's fifth, as in there are four teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference. But despite that fact, many national outlets think the Wizards are even better than their record says they are.

CBSsports.com, for instance, has the Wizards third among all teams, behind only the Warriors and Spurs. One ESPN ranking has them fourth and another has them fifth. That's three opinions from major national outlets that say the Wizards are among the best teams in all of basketball.

These are, of course, opinions and power rankings are generally subject to recent trends. The Wizards are hot, so people are adjusting their power rankings accordingly. Still, given where the Wizards were just a few short months ago when they began the season 2-8, to now where they are showing up this high on power rankings list, is quite amazing.

D.C.'s CBS affiliate 106.7 The Fan has a detailed rundown of the rankings that you can find here. Are the Wizards really one of the top three or four teams, or is that getting the cart before the horse? Either way, the Wizards are a team nobody wants to mess with right now.

[Via 106.7 The Fan]

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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.

In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.

Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor. 

He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team. 

The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action. 

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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again. 

Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics. 

This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.

She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.

In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal. 

Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen. 

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