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Wizards like Tim Frazier's ability to contribute right away as John Wall's backup

Wizards like Tim Frazier's ability to contribute right away as John Wall's backup

Keeping the 52nd pick in Thursday's NBA Draft would have offered the Wizards another young player to develop, but as they took stock of the players on their roster and those likely to be available late in the second round, they determined the best course of action was to acquire a sure thing.

In comes Tim Frazier, a 26-year-old point guard who spent last season with the New Orleans Pelicans and gives the Wizards a proven commodity to toss into what they feel like is a balanced blend of veterans and players still trying to find a role in the league.

The Wizards won 49 games last season and made it to Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs. Backup point guard was a weakness for much of the season and they feared that would continue if they had to rely on a player right out of college.

"We got someone who we feel can help us because he’s experienced," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "He’s been around, he brings something to the table. We didn’t feel like we could get someone like that at 52, who can come in right away and help us."

"With the 52nd pick, you never know if somebody is going to be able to help," head coach Scott Brooks added. "I like developing players, but we had a chance to get a veteran guy who has worked his way into the league and made himself into a very good player."

Both Brooks and Grunfeld pointed to what they feel is an enviable core of young players. John Wall and Markieff Morris will turn 27 right before the season begins. Bradley Beal turns 24 next week. Otto Porter, who they each refer to as a part of their future despite his restricted free agency, turned 24 earlier this month. 

Beyond those four they have Chris McCullough (22), Daniel Ochefu (23), Sheldon Mac (24) and Tomas Satoransky (25). There is only so much room for prospects for a team that wants to win now.

[RELATED: Wizards make up for no draft pick with key summer signings]

Grunfeld said it's ideal to have a "good mix" of youth and experience and they like the balance they currently have. Frazier, who averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 assists per game last year, helps that cause.

"He's an experienced player, he averaged over five assists a game last year, he started about 30 games for New Orleans last year when they had some injuries. He’s a good teammate, he pushes the ball, he’s a competitive guy and, again, he has experience," Grunfeld said.

Whether Frazier can fully solve their backup point guard issues isn't clear yet. For one, he's a short-term fix with just one year left on his contract. Also, he isn't a great shooter with a career 40.3 field goal and 31.6 three point percentage. He isn't considered a very good defender, either.

But Frazier does possess attributes the Wizards covet and they think Satoransky can help fill the void now with one year of NBA experience under his belt.

"We’re happy with what we did with Tim. It gives us another player that fits what we need," Brooks said. "He’s a winner, he’s a tough kid, gritty, knows how to play, another guy that can push the pace and continue our pace and play fast. Defensively, he’s scrappy. I think it’s a great pickup, a great addition. He’s an important piece to our team to give us some options playing behind John."

Backup point guard was a big need for the Wizards as they entered this offseason. In Frazier, they believe they have found the solution.

[RELATED: Wizards' decisions on NBA draft night put into perspective]

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All-NBA teams announced: Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden earn most votes

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All-NBA teams announced: Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden earn most votes

The All-NBA rosters for the 2018-19 season were unveiled on Thursday. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and James Harden of the Rockets, both MVP finalists, received the most votes and headlined the first team. 

The third MVP finalist, Oklahoma City's Paul George, also made the first team, along with Golden State guard Stephen Curry and Nuggets center Nikola Jokic. This is Jokic's first All-NBA selection. 

The second team includes Sixers center Joel Embiid, Portland guard Damian Lillard, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, and Warriors forward Kevin Durant, earning All-NBA honors for the ninth time. 

LeBron James of the Lakers made the third team, tying Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan for the most All-NBA selections in league history with 15. Rounding out the third team are first-time All-NBA recipient Kemba Walker of the Hornets, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Pistons forward Blake Griffin, and Jazz center Rudy Gobert. 

By earning All-NBA, Lillard and Walker are now eligible to sign supermax contracts this summer. Lillard and the Blazers are expected to agree to a $191 million extension this summer, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. 

Among those narrowly missing out on All-NBA honors were Wizards guard Bradley Beal, Warriors guard Klay Thompson, and Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns. By falling short of All-NBA, Beal does not qualify for a supermax contract. 


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Gilbert Arenas doesn't like bench mobs, gives very on-brand reason

Gilbert Arenas doesn't like bench mobs, gives very on-brand reason

Gilbert Arenas was an attention-grabbing, electric player on the court. That's equally true off it, where Agent Zero has made a name for himself saying outrageous things and playing the jester. 

Arenas was back at it with another controversial take on his No Chill podcast this week. This time, he took aim at bench mobs.

"[The] only thing that irritates the s--- out of me, is when someone scores and they're like shooting the arrows and they havin' this big ole hype party on the bench ... f--- that ... I want your position. I don't want you to do good."

Bench celebrations have to be some of the most fun, light-hearted and beloved parts of an NBA game. Just look at this. 

Sure, players are drawing attention to themselves by cheering on their teammates, but who begrudges guys for rooting for their own team's success?

Arenas, apparently.

It might sound odd that a guy like Gil couldn't relate to goofy antics. Take a closer look at his history, though, and it makes perfect sense. 

Arenas was one of the most ball-dominant guards in the NBA at a time when Kobe Bryant dominated. That's saying something.

Just compare him versus Bradley Beal, for example. 

Arenas averaged 19 or more shots per game in four of his eight seasons with the Wizards. Beal, by contrast, has only done that once.

Arenas also logged 39 minutes per game while playing for Washington. Even last season when Beal's playing time was a concern, he played 37 minutes a night. 

Of course Arenas can't relate to sitting back and watching his teammates take his minutes or his shots. He had no experience doing either of those things.

There's also the indisputable fact that Agent Zero loves to stir up controversy. If the general consensus is one thing, Arenas gets attention by saying the other. 

Look no further than a few weeks ago. When most NBA players and fans were excited about Vince Carter deciding to try to play another year, Arenas came out opposed to the idea on his podcast.

He said Carter should retire to make room for younger players to prove themselves in the league. 

At this rate, if Arenas uses next week's podcast space to argue that Zion Williamson should go back to Duke, no one should be surprised.