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Selecting the best Wizards,Bullets 3-on-3 basketball teams

Selecting the best Wizards,Bullets 3-on-3 basketball teams

On Friday morning, the International Olympic Committee announced that several new sports will join the Olympic program for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Among the disciplines added to the new program include sport climbing, skateboarding, BMX freestyle and 3-on-3 basketball.

3-on-3 Olympic Basketball has been a hot discussion topic for a long time, with fans of all walks of life debating and arguing their choices for the best "Dream Teams."

When the 2020 Summer Olympic Games roll around, eight 4-person teams will compete in men's and women's divisions to crown Olympic 3-on-3 basketball champions for the first time ever.


That got us thinking.

If the Wizards were a country, which current four-person team (3-on-3 squad with one bench player) would they send? 

But then we did more thinking.

What is the best all-time 3-on-3 team in Wizards/Bullets history?

What are the best 3-on-3 units to player for the Wizards/Bullets at the same time?

Here are the results. 


Current Wizards 3-on-3 squad:
Guard: John Wall
Guard: Bradley Beal
Forward: Otto Porter
Sub: Markieff Morris

Analysis: Gotta go small with this team. Wall is a good defender and great at recovery blocks for a guard. Beal has improved at getting to the lane and is great from outside. Otto Porter doesn't need the ball a lot and can do the dirty work inside.

It's a toss up between Morris and Marcin Gortat for the final spot, and Gortat might be a bit too much of a defensive liability.

Wizards/Bullets best all-time 3-on-3 team:
Guard: John Wall
Forward: Chris Webber
Forward/Center: Elvin Hayes
Sub: Wes Unseld

Analysis: So many great players to choose from, it's really quite hard to make a unanimous decision. Wall gets the nod over Gilbert Arenas for a variety of reasons: Creates space better, much better at driving to the lane, vastly better on-ball defender. Plus, even with a Hall of Famer on the floor with him, we worry about Arenas getting his teammates involved. 

Chris Webber has superb passing skills in halfcourt sets, and great ball-handling and can stretch the floor. His versatility is what gave him the nod here. 

From there, it's anybody's choice. We chose Elvin Hayes as the third starter. An elite scorer, rebounder and defender. A hard choice to make, but it's hard not to go with "The Big E."

The final spot comes down to Unseld, Pearl Monroe and Phil Chenier.  A second guard and shooting specialist is probably right right choice here, which would be Monroe or Chenier, but this team is going to win with defense, and Unseld is going to bully the opposition on the blocks. With Hayes and Unseld on the court together, it doesn't matter how many jumpers Wall misses, his teammates will get all the rebounds.

Best Wizards/Bullets 3-on-3 Teams that played Together:
NOTE: We chose the best four players to overlap at least one season together, and only used a player once per decade

1960's (All four played together in 1963)
Guard: Kevin Loughery
Forward: Gus Johnson
Center: Walt Bellamy
Sub: Terry Dischinger

1970's (All four played together in 1972)
Guard: Earl Monroe
Forward: Elvin Hayes
Center: Wes Unseld
Sub: Phil Chenier

1980's (All four played together in 1987)
Guard: Jeff Malone
Forward: Bernard King
Forward/Center: Moses Malone
Sub: John Williams

1990's (All four played together in 1994)
Guard: Rex Chapman
Forward: Juwan Howard
Forward/Center: Chris Webber
Sub: Calbert Cheaney

2000's (All four played together from 2004 until 2010)
Guard: Gilbert Arenas
Forward: Caron Butler
Forward/Center: Antawn Jamison
Sub: Nick Young

2010's (All four played together in 2015)
Guard: John Wall
Guard: Bradley Beal
Forward: Paul Pierce
Center: Marcin Gortat

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Markieff Morris

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Markieff Morris

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

Player: Markieff Morris

Position: Power forward

Age: 28

2017-18 salary: $8 million

2017-18 stats: 73 G, 27.0 mpg, 11.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.5 bpg, 48.0 FG%, 36.7 3P%, 82.0 FT%, 53.6 eFG%, 116 ORtg, 112 DRtg

Best game: 12/1 vs. Pistons - 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, zero turnovers, 10-for-16 FG, 2-for-3 3PT

Season review: It took quite a while for Markieff Morris to get healthy in the 2017-18 season. He was sidelined to begin last offseason with the ankle injury he suffered against the Celtics in the playoffs, then in September had surgery on both his abdomen and groin. The sports hernia surgery was known, while the groin procedure was revealed once the season was over.

Morris only missed nine games in the entire season, but took time to find his rhythm early. He averaged just 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 14 games in the month of November. He picked it up after that, though he never quite reached the level we saw from him in 2016-17 in terms of volume production.

Morris played less minutes, took less shots, scored fewer points and grabbed less rebounds than the season before. On the other hand, he was more efficient than ever. Morris shot 48 percent from the field, his best since 2013-14, and posted career-highs in three-point percentage (36.7) and effective field-goal percentage (53.6). 

The Wizards could use more scoring from Morris moving forward, especially at times when one of their primary options is injured, as was the case in 2017-18 when John Wall missed 41 games. An active and engaged Morris changes everything for the Wizards. 

When Morris scored 15 points or more this season, the Wizards went 15-8. The season before, they went 22-9 when he got to the 15-point mark. 

It's a bit difficult to project Morris' role for the 2018-19 season at this point, given the fact he's entering a contract year and the most logical area for the Wizards to make significant changes (if they choose to) is in their frontcourt. Also, as Morris discussed in his exit interview, he knows more time at center in small-ball sets could be in his future.

Regardless of what happens with the team, it's a huge summer for Morris individually. If he sets himself up well for a big year in 2018-19, he could earn a nice payday in what might be his last long-term contract given his age.

Potential to improve: Rebounding, screens, scoring

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Marcin Gortat, C

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Marcin Gortat

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Marcin Gortat

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

Player: Marcin Gortat

Position: Center

Age: 34

2017-18 salary: $12.8 million

2017-18 stats: 82 G, 25.3 mpg, 8.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.7 bpg, 51.8 FG%, 67.5 FT%, 51.8 eFG%, 112 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 10/18 vs. Sixers - 16 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks, assist, 7-for-12 FG

Season review: Marcin Gortat is self-aware enough to know that what happened to him in 2017-18 was inevitable in many ways. He even publicly called it before the season.

He was one year older, with Ian Mahinmi healthy and in the rotation, and with the NBA continuing to move towards small-ball and big men who can play on the perimeter. As a result, Gortat saw his role in the Wizards rotation pared down noticeably.

Though he still started all 82 games, his minutes went down from 31.2 per game the year before the 25.3. Kelly Oubre, Jr., who played the majority of the season coming off the bench, logged more minutes than Gortat, though he was a starter.

Gortat's minutes were his fewest since the 2009-10 season, when he was a 25-year-old bench player for the Orlando Magic. His numbers this season followed suit. Gortat's points and rebounds per game were both the lowest since that 2009-10 campaign.

Gortat averaged a career-best 10.4 rebounds per game in 2016-17, but the minutes had a direct effect on his volume of boards. He pulled in 2.4 less per game this season despite his rebound percentage (17.0) being close to his career average (17.5). That career average, by the way, is 30th-best all-time an eighth among active players.

Not getting the same opportunities he had in years past, plus public misunderstandings with teammates, combined to make for a frustrating year for Gortat. He said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast midseason it was the worst year of his career. Gortat, though, did continue to make an impact setting screens for the Wizards and he rallied to finish relatively strong.

He had several solid outings in the playoffs, including his 16 points in Game 3 and his 12 rebounds in Game 5. The question is whether that is the last time we will see Gortat in a Wizards uniform.

Washington has played with the idea of trading Gortat for a while now. He popped up in rumors around the trade deadline in February, but remained on the roster. Now he has an expiring contract working in his favor, making it a bit more likely he gets dealt.

Gortat knows his future in Washington is uncertain, though he said following the season he would like to stay. It would not be surprising to him or anyone if he were traded this summer. If not, he's got one year left with the Wizards and could very well have his role decreased even more.

Potential to improve: Rim protection, midrange shooting, free throw percentage

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

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