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Path to All-Star Game more clear for Bradley Beal than John Wall despite early votes

Path to All-Star Game more clear for Bradley Beal than John Wall despite early votes

The path to a fourth consecutive NBA All-Star Game for John Wall never was going to be easy, and despite having 21 double-doubles, he already appears too far out to have any reasonable shot at getting in through the popular vote. 

Thursday, the first tallies were released, and Wall was seventh among East guards with 87,360, trailing Kyrie Irving (543,030), Dwyane Wade (278,052), DeMar DeRozan (253,340), Isaiah Thomas (193,297), Derrick Rose (129,924) and Kyle Lowry (128,940). Wall's backcourt mate, Bradley Beal, didn't even make the top 10, which is rounded out by Avery Bradley (32,822). 

The Wizards (16-18) haven't had any national TV exposure and have struggled to get above .500, which has been a hindrance. The one time that Wall was voted a starter by fans came two years ago when they had a 22-8 start and routed the New York Knicks in a Christmas Day game at Madison Square Garden.

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The top two guards in the voting will be named the starters. The top three frontcourt vote-getters will start. Media and players, for the first time, can vote to balance the scales. Fan voting counts for 50 percent and media and players are 25 percent each.

Wall's best chance is to be voted in as a reserve for the second year in a row by NBA coaches, but that's going to require a few things in the current voting:

  • Wade has to drop out of the top two guards. He's more popular but not as deserving. If an undeserving player locks up a starting spot, it means there is one fewer spot available on the bench for a deserving player. Rose is the other less deserving player ahead of Wall and wouldn't beat him out unless he vaults to the top two unexpectedly.
  • Irving is a point guard who really is a shooter. He can be used in this exhibition off the ball, which, in theory, still keeps a point guard spot open. That leaves Wall versus Thomas and Lowry, both of whom are on teams that have better records.
  • The Wizards have six more games until the voting closes Jan. 16. It starts Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sunday at the Milwaukee Bucks, Tuesday versus the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday at the Boston Celtics, Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers and Monday with the Portland Trail Blazers. Being an over.500 team after this stretch ends will help, though it's unlikely it can vault Wall or Beal high enough.

The next voting update comes Jan. 12 and concludes four days later. The starters will be announced Jan. 19. The coaches' vote is due Jan. 26. There will be five more games, a total of 11, for the Wall and Beal to get the ship on the right course to have any chance of making the cut. 

Even though Beal isn't listed, the path to him becoming an All-Star for the first time is easier with Wade and DeRozan, his toughest competition at shooting guard.

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

The Washington Wizards hold the 15th and 44th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select...

2018 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jerome Robinson

School: Boston College
Position: Shooting guard
Age: 21
Height: 6-5
Weight: 188
Wingspan: 6-7
Max vertical: N/A

2017/18 stats: 20.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 48.5 FG%, 40.9 3PT% (2.3 3PT/5.7 3PA), 83.0 FT%
Player comparison: Danny Green
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 29th, NBADraft.net 16th, Bleacher Report 19th, Sports Illustrated 17th

5 things to know:

*A three-year player at BC, Robinson developed into a big-time scorer before making the leap to the NBA. He averaged 18.7 points as a sophomore and then 20.7 points as a junior while improving his shooting percentages across the board. He went from 42.3 percent from the field as a sophomore to 48.5 in 2017-18.

*Robinson turned himself into an excellent three-point shooter. After shooting just 33.3 percent as a sophomore, he got that up to 40.9 percent as a junior and on 5.7 attempts per game. That trajectory bodes well for Robinson's chances at the next level.

*He has a quick release on his jumper, giving him the ability to be effective on catch-and-shoot plays off screens. Robinson could develop into a reliable scorer who doesn't need the ball in his hands as a primary focus of the offense. He also showed the ability to throw down some powerful dunks and finish with creativity at the rim. He didn't record a vertical leap at the NBA Combine, but playing above and around the rim didn't appear to be a problem in college.

*Though it didn't show in his last season at Boston College, Robinson was adept at forcing turnovers in his first two years. He averaged 1.6 steals per game across his freshman and sophomore seasons and 16 times in his career had three steals or more in a game.

*Questions for Robinson would include his versatility and speed. Some draft evaluators wonder if he will be able to get separation off the dribble at the NBA level. Also, he put up decent rebounding and assists numbers in college but didn't exactly stand out in either category.

Fit with Wizards: Robinson would give the Wizards depth at the shooting guard position and they need that. He could help Bradley Beal pare down his minutes and offer a scoring punch off the Wizards' bench. The Wizards could use a reliable shooter to help space the floor for Kelly Oubre, Jr. and others in the second unit.

The problems with Robinson's fit would be his lack of positional versatility and what appears to be a relatively low ceiling. He's not the freak athlete that some of his counterparts are at shooting guard. If the Wizards are choosing between Robinson and guys like Zhaire Smith and Lonnie Walker IV, they could view the latter two as more enticing because of their potential. Robinson would represent a safer pick while others could pay off big-time and have a greater impact on the franchise in the long-term.

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Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky

Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State

Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State

Gary Trent, Jr., SG, Duke

Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami

Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, IMG Academy

Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton

Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, Boise State

Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland

Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky

Troy Brown, SG/SF, Oregon

Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova

Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Michigan

Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA

Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State

For more on the NBA Draft, check out our latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes was joined by Nick Ashooh and Stefon Marquis to talk NBA Draft. 

They broke down five prospects and their potential fit with the Wizards: Moe Wagner of Michigan, Michael Porter, Jr. of Missouri, Grayson Allen of Duke, Collin Sexton of Alabama and Omari Spellman of Villanova.

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