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Olympic basketball, by the numbers


Olympic basketball, by the numbers

Now that theOlympic men's basketballpreliminary rounds are over, welook at the numbers accumulated and the games ahead...Wizards in London...Nene's foot woes kept him out of Brazil's final game, but reports indicate he will be available for Wednesday's quarterfinal contest against Argentina. In the four games he did play, the Wizards center averaged 7.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 20 minutes, while shooting 67 percent (10 of 15) from the field...As for Nene's big man pupil, Kevin Seraphin played all five games for France - he started the finale while Ronny Turiaf rested - and averaged 6.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks (sixth overall)while shooting 55.2 percent from the field. In his last two games - wins over Tunisia and Nigeria -Serpahin score 9.5 points per game.Leaders of the pack...Those that top the various statistical categories followed by the Team USA current leader in the clubhouse and other notables. Oh, and no need to rub your eyes when you get to rebounds. You're not seeing things...Scoring - Spain's Paul Gasol is getting done at a 20.6 points per game clip...Kevin Durant's 26-point outburst against Argentinajumped him (18.6) ahead of Carmelo Anthony (17.4)...the top eight scorers all play in the NBA.Rebounding - Yi Jianlian, yes that Yi Jianlian has grabbed the most boards(10.2) and could maintain that lead seeing as China did not qualify for the medal rounds...Former George Washington star Pops Mensah-Bonsu is sixth overall with 7.3 boards, one spot ahead of Nene...Kevin Loveleads the U.S. 6.4 rebounds.Assists - Topping the floor leaders, Brazil's Marcelinho Huertas has doled out 6.2 per game, two spots ahead of Lithuania's and former University of Maryland star Sarunas Jasikevicius (5.8). Chris Paul (5.8) edged out Deron Williams (5.6) for U.S. honors through five games...Steals - Paul is just swiping some balls in London, averaging 2.2 steals per game. Collectively the U.S. is averaging 11.6, far ahead of second place Argentina (7.4).The schedule: Team USA plays Australia, led by former St. Mary's star Paddy Mills, at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Mills, who played for the San Antonio Spurs last season, is second in Olympic scoring with 20.2 points...Seraphin gets a shot at the Gasol brothers when France takes on Brazil (11:15 a.m.)...Nene gets to tangle with the always rugged Luis Scola as Brazil and Argentina meet (3:00 p.m.) with the winner likely to face Team USA...Jasikevicius and Lithuania lead off the quarterfinal round against Russia.

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

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