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Wall, Beal hang with other stars at USA practice; Durant talks FA


Wall, Beal hang with other stars at USA practice; Durant talks FA

USA Basketball held the first session of its three-day minicamp in Las Vegas on Tuesday, as the team begins the long process of whittling the current group of 34 players down to a 12-man roster for the 2016 Olympic squad.

Among those who attended the initial practice were two guys people who frequent the Verizon Center are sure to recognize: John Wall and Bradley Beal. And because of the star-studded group of names that are looking for a chance to represent their country in Rio's games, some pretty cool photos from the session have made their way around social media.

First up is this shot, courtesy of NBA's Snapchat account, showing Wall and Beal wearing numbers that are totally different than the ones they sport when donning Washington jerseys:

Is Wall really rocking #56? C'mon, is he a point guard or an outside linebacker? Hearing Wall's reasoning behind the choice would be pretty interesting.

Then there's this post on Instagram, in which the Wizards backcourt is seen kickin' it with James Harden and Kyrie Irving:

Teammates @johnwall and @bradbeal3 chatting with James Harden and Kyrie Irving after practice #USMNBT

A photo posted by Jumoke Davis (@jumokedavis) on Aug 11, 2015 at 1:35pm PDT

It's not clear what Harden is saying that's so attention grabbing, however; perhaps the normally clean-shaven Beal is looking for some tips on growing a luscious beard similar to the one worn by Houston's best player?

Next up is the first team picture. You can see the Wizards' representatives in the third row, with Magic guard Victor Oladipo sandwiched in between them:

Finally -- and you didn't think for a second we'd do a recap like this without mentioning him, did you? -- there's Kevin Durant. Not surprisingly, questions about Durant's free agency plans made its way out to Las Vegas. His response to those inquiries?

Hats off to you, Slim Reaper, for not taking the bait. For today, at least, the #KD2DC movement will be pretty quiet thanks to Durant's answer.

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Bradley Beal receives zero All-NBA votes, which itself is a snub

Bradley Beal receives zero All-NBA votes, which itself is a snub

On Thursday the NBA revealed the All-NBA teams for the 2017-18 season.

Not surprisingly, Bradley Beal and John Wall did not make it to one of the three five-player teams. Of the two superstars, only Wall has been recognized once in his career.

What is surprising is that neither Beal nor Wall received a single vote in the whole process, especially Beal.

The 2017-18 season was without question the best in Beal’s career. He played in all 82 games, coming right off of the heals of his All-Star recognition. Beal seems to agree in his snubbing, tweeting this minutes after the teams were announced:

Per Keely Diven, that straight from the John Wall book of Twitter shade right there.

Looking at the list of players who made the top three teams, it shouldn’t be an issue, but these three guys got more votes than the Wizards' duo combined: Steven Adams, Trevor Ariza, and Dwight Howard. It is not surprising that Bradley Beal and John Wall did not make an All-NBA team. It is disrespectful that they didn’t receive a vote.

Here is a list of the full All-NBA Teams:


LeBron James (Cavaliers), James Harden (Rockets), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers), Kevin Durant (Warriors)


Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), Russell Westbrook (Thunder), Joel Embiid (76ers), LaMarcus Aldridge (Spurs), DeMar DeRozan (Raptors)


Stephen Curry (Warriors), Victor Oladipo (Pacers), Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves), Jimmy Butler (Timberwolves), Paul George (Thunder)


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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Ty Lawson

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Ty Lawson

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

Player: Ty Lawson

Position: Point guard

Age: 30

2017-18 salary: $11.9K

2017-18 stats: 6 G, 19.2 mpg, 5.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.5 bpg, 34.6 FG%, 62.5 3P%, 1.000 FT%, 44.2 eFG%, 114 ORtg, 115 DRtg (all in playoffs)

Best game: 4/17 at Raptors (Game 2) - 14 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds, 4-for-10 FG, 4-for-5 3PT

Season review: The Wizards made a surprise move the day after the regular season finished by signing Ty Lawson, giving them a fifth point guard for the playoffs. Not only did Lawson join the team last-minute, he actually got minutes in the postseason, immediately slotting in as their primary backup point guard.

Very quickly Lawson showed what the Wizards saw in him. He added a spark off the bench, particularly on offense. He showed no restraint in looking for his own shot and in Game 2 against the Raptors hit 4-of-5 from long range.

Lawson proved he still has the quickness that made him an above average NBA point guard in his prime. There were questions about his athleticism given he is 30 years old and spent most of the season in China, but Lawson was still noticeably faster than his contemporaries on the Wizards' bench.

Whether Lawson proved enough to stick around in the NBA is the real question. He only played six games for the Wizards and, though he impressed to a certain degree, teams had given up on him just a year before. 

The Wizards have five open roster spots entering this offseason and have only two point guards in the mix. They will be in the market for more backup help, though it is unclear at this point if they are interested in bringing Lawson back. They have two draft picks and the ability to add players via trades, as they have several times in recent years to address backup point guard.

Working in Lawson's favor to potentially stick around is that the Wizards do not have much money to spend. They are in the luxury tax and will likely need some cheap options to fill out the final spots on their roster.

Lawson certainly would not cost much.

Potential to improve: Shooting, scoring, 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

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