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Wall loses ground to Irving in 2nd round of All-Star voting

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Wall loses ground to Irving in 2nd round of All-Star voting

The gulf between Kyrie Irving and John Wall widens when it comes to NBA All-Star fan voting, according to the second returns released by the league on Thursday.

Irving, who only has played seven games but electrified Verizon Center with 32 points in a dominant fourth quarter for the Cleveland Cavaliers to beat the Wizards on Wednesday, has gone from an edge of 35,000 above Wall in the first tallies Dec. 25 (138,191 to 103,094) to almost 64,000 votes ahead (271,094 to 207,274).

Wall was the starter last season for the East while Irving was the backup on the team.

The next ballot totals will be unveiled next Thursday and the voting closes Jan. 18. The top two backcourt players and two three frontcourt players in each conference will be the starters. The reserves, which seems a more likely route for Wall, will be chosen by NBA coaches on Jan. 28.

The All-Star Game will be played at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Feb. 14.

If balloting ended today, these would be the East starters: LeBron James (Cavs), Paul George (Pacers) and Andre Drummond (Pistons); Dwyane Wade (Heat) and Irving (Cavs). 

West starters: Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Thunder) and Draymond Green (Warriors); Stephen Curry (Warriors) and Russell Westbrook (Thunder).

Carmelo Anthony (Knicks) is in range of Drummond, who is less than 6,000 votes ahead of him for the third and final frontcourt spot in the East. Wade appears to be a lock among the East guards with almost double Irving's vote totals (562,558). Kyle Lowry (Raptors) is less than 30,000 behind Irving for the starting point guard spot.

The closest race is in the West where Kawhi Leonard (Spurs) is less than 1,300 from unseating Green for the final frontcourt spot. Now No. 3, Green was fifth in the first round of voting, behind then-No. 3 Blake Griffin (Clippers) by about 22,000 votes and 4,000 behind Leonard. Griffin has plummeted to fifth, trailing Green by 34,000 in a major turnabout in voting.

 

East Frontcourt

1.          LeBron James (Cle) 636,388

2.          Paul George (Ind) 457,554

3.          Andre Drummond (Det) 261,158

4.          Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 255,536

5.          Pau Gasol (Chi) 209,006

6.          Chris Bosh (Mia) 194,429

7.          Kevin Love (Cle) 172,517

8.          Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 168,549

9.         Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 160,170

10.        Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 48,768

11.        Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 30,023

12.        Marcin Gortat (Was) 27,185

13.        Joakim Noah (Chi) 23,121

14.        DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 22,797

15.        Paul Millsap (Atl) 21,625

 

Guards

1.          Dwyane Wade (Mia) 562,558

2.          Kyrie Irving (Cle) 271,094

3.          Kyle Lowry (Tor) 242,276

4.          Jimmy Butler (Chi) 220,429

5.          John Wall (Was) 207,274

6.          DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 170,539

7.          Derrick Rose (Chi) 159,787

8.          Jeremy Lin (Cha) 122,988

9.          Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 87,452

10.        Reggie Jackson (Det) 44,525

 

West Frontcourt

1.          Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,262,118

2.          Kevin Durant (OKC) 616,096

3.          Draymond Green (GS) 332,223

4.          Kawhi Leonard (SA) 330,929

5.          Blake Griffin (LAC) 298,212

6.          Anthony Davis (NO) 261,491

7.          Tim Duncan (SA) 228,995

8.          Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 194,421

9.          DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 190,060

10.        Enes Kanter (OKC) 183,468

11.        LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 124,404

12.        Dwight Howard (Hou) 120,424

13.        Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 99,681

14.       DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 91,186

15.        Harrison Barnes (GS) 82,427

 

Guards

1.          Stephen Curry (GS) 925,789

2.          Russell Westbrook (OKC) 479,512

3.          Chris Paul (LAC) 268,672

4.          Klay Thompson (GS) 267,602

5.          James Harden (Hou) 249,877

6.          Rajon Rondo (Sac) 120,767

7.          Andre Iguodala (GS) 111,575

8.          Manu Ginobili (SA) 100,602

9.          Tony Parker (SA) 86,238

10.        Damian Lillard (Por) 81,035

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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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