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Wizards-Hawks instant analysis

LAS VEGAS -- Here are some immediate postgame reactions following the Wizards102-82 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in their Las Vegas Summer League opener... Yeah, not exactly a banner start for the Wizards even in a situation where wins and losses are not the primary concern. Washington trailed by eight points after the first quarter, 15 at halftime as by as many as29 points in the second half against a Hawks squad not brimming with notable NBA names. In his first game wearing a Wizards jersey, Beal led in scoring with22 points, 14 coming before halftime. Chris Singleton ramped up his production aftera slow start to finish with 20 while Jan Vesely had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Collectively the Wizards committed 19 turnovers. Vanderbilt sharpshooter and first-round pick John Jenkins and forward Keith Benson led the Hawks with 19 points. Atlanta took advantage of those Washington turnovers and defensive lapses to shoot54 percent from the field.Not sure anything done in a summer league game could equal or exceed expectations, but Beal displayed plenty on both ends of the court,especially in the first half. Offensively, the off-ball guard demonstrated poise and maturity that isthe basis for his subtle game. Not a forcer of the action,Bealdashed and darted his way to findingopen space, sinking 4 of 6 attempts early. In the second half, the shots did not fall (2 of 8) and but the same strengths remained and regardless the 19-year-old impressed coach Sam Cassell by keeping his emotions in check.Defensively Bealdisplayed solid individual technique and team understanding, even if Jenkins got the best of his former SEC foe from deep, making 4-of-5 from beyond the arc compared to Beal's 1 of 3. In a bizarro world performance, the most impressive aspect of Vesely's game was his perimeter shot. Flashing his improved form, Vesely did his best Dirk Nowitzki impression in the first half, knocking down his first three looks from 15 feet and beyond.Still a rough time from the free throw line and a second half jumper got stuck between the rim and backboard, but an obvious improvement. Oddly, the bulk of the above-the-rim forwards first two misses came on dunk attempts. However the rest of Vesely's outing was rather suspect. Pick and roll situations on both ends of the court remain a work in progress.Being aggressive defensively is one thing. Committing silly fouls is another and Vesely had several among his 10 fouls. Yes, even with higher amount of fouls per player he still fouled out. During the first half Singleton looked like the disjointed player we saw often last season, but he turned up the aggressiveness after halftime, driving to the basket with greater regularity and effectiveness. He finished 7 of 13 from the field with eight rebounds and four steals. There are parts of Shelvin Macks game I continue to like, notably his defensive presence and mental focus. However, in terms of running an NBA offense, the rising second-year guards effort did little to stop me from thinking the Wizards still need to add a true point guard this offseason. Mack struggled with double teams and getting all the way to the rim even after getting past an overly aggressive defender. The good news on Tomas Satoransky, his feel for the game is obvious. The bad news, at elast against theHawks, is thatwas he slow in transitioning an idea into execution. Bringing the ball up he turned the ball over on consecutive possessions in the second quarter and committed xx turnovers overall

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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:

ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM: 

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

ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM:

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

ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM:

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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