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Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (2) Elvin Hayes vs. (15) Caron Butler

Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (2) Elvin Hayes vs. (15) Caron Butler

CSN is running a bracket to determine the best player in Wizards/Bullets franchise history. There are 16 players in a four-round tournament. The first round will be voted on by fans, while the rest will be determined by our analysts. The winner will be revealed during an hour-long special called 'Best of the Best' on Friday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. on CSN.

Here is today's matchup...


Elvin Hayes

Years with franchise: 9
Stats: 21.3 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg, 2.4 bpg, 45.8 FG%
Accolades: Hall of Famer, NBA champion, 8-time All-Star, 6-time All-NBA, 2-time All-Defense

Summary: The Bullets acquired Hayes in a one-for-one deal that sent small forward Jack Marin to the Houston Rockets in 1972. Marin was a two-time All-Star, but Hayes was in the prime of a Hall of Fame career. Alongside fellow Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, Hayes and the Bullets went on to make the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons. They made the NBA Finals three times and won the franchise's only championship in 1978.

Hayes was one of the most feared big men in the NBA in the late 1960s and through the 1970s. He was known for his rebounding (12.7 rpg with Bullets) and rim protection (2.4 bpg), but could also score. He led the league in scoring as a rookie with the San Diego Rockets, but in Washington didn't need to carry as heavy a load. 


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Caron Butler

Years with franchise: 5
Stats: 19.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 0.3 bpg, 45.3 FG%
Accolades: 2-time All-Star, All-NBA, All-Rookie

Summary: Butler played for nine different teams across 14 NBA seasons, but he had his best years in Washington starring alongside Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison. The Wizards acquired Butler in one of the best trades in franchise history, a 2005 deal that sent Kwame Brown and Chucky Atkins to the L.A. Lakers. The 10th overall pick in 2002, Butler was a young and inconsisent player through his first three seasons with the Heat and Lakers, but once he joined the Wizards he quickly found his way and emerged as one of the best small forwards in basketball.

Butler could do a little bit of everything. He was a legitimate wing scorer (19 ppg with Wizards) who could stretch the floor to three-point range. He grabbed 6.6 rebounds and dished 3.5 assists per game in Washington. And twice he averaged over two steals per game. The Wizards made the playoffs three straight years with Butler in their lineup. With an inspirational story and famous habit for chewing straws, Butler was a fan favorite during his years in Washington.



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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.

In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.

Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor. 

He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team. 

The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action. 


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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again. 

Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics. 

This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.

She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.

In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal. 

Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen.