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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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Michigan's Moritz Wagner could be Wizards' solution for a stretch-five

Michigan's Moritz Wagner could be Wizards' solution for a stretch-five

The pre-draft workout process can be an exhausting journey for players, with so many flights, hotel rooms and NBA arenas that they can all blend in together. Michigan big man Moritz Wagner, though, may have felt a sense of comfort in Washington for his pre-draft workout for the Wizards on Wednesday.

It was just over a year ago that his Michigan Wolverines cut down the nets at Capital One Arena as champions of the Big Ten conference.

"It was good memories, man. Never gets old," he said while glancing around the stadium.

Wagner, 21, will be seeing a lot more of Capital One Arena once he joins the NBA ranks and it is conceivable he ends up in Washington. They hold the 15th pick in the first round and the 44th pick in the second round and Wagner could be within their reach.

Wagner had an impressive workout in Washington and could provide what the Wizards need. He is a big, mobile and can spread the floor. Wagner was terrific at stepping out to hit threes off pick-and-rolls at Michigan and that ability would work well with Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall.

Wagner measured in at just under 7-feet at this month's NBA Combine, fifth-tallest among those who attended. He averaged 14.6 points as a junior this past season and made 39.4 percent of his threes on 4.1 attempts per game.

With three years of college experience and an NBA-ready jumper, Wagner believes he can step right in and help the Wizards.

"I think what we did at Michigan, sharing the ball and playing as a team, very organized basketball, that can help big-time," he said. "It's basically pro basketball I was playing on a different level."

As Wagner will tell you, he is very confident in his abilities. He is comfortable in his own skin and that includes openly discussing his faults. He feels good about his ability to score at the next level. Defense is where he needs to prove himself.

Despite his size, Wagner wasn't much of a rim protector in college. He averaged just a half-block a game as a junior. The Wizards need rim protection badly and he likely would not provide that.

Wagner, though, believes he can bring more to the table defensively than the numbers would suggest.

"I think I've been an offensive guy all of my life, but the more that you mature as a player, you understand that both sides are important. Without defense, you aren't going to play at any level," he said.

"I think the most important thing that I wasn't able to show in college is that I'm able to switch the ball-screen, especially with the way the league is going. Switch on everything and stay in front of guards as a big guy."

Wagner is from Germany and looks up to Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki, who is entering his 21st season and will be in the Hall of Fame someday. Nowitzki's game has always been built around shooting and, though he developed into a decent shot-blocker in his prime, was never an elite rim protector.

Wagner hopes to follow in his footsteps playing a similar style.

"He was my MJ. He kind of shows you 'okay, this is possible and this is doable.' It's just basketball," Wagner said. "It gives you a lot of hope. It gives you a lot of belief and motivation."

Hear more from Wagner in his one-on-one interview with Chris Miller in our latest Wizards Tipoff podcast. His interview can also be found in the video above:

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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:

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 Beal and Wall did not make an All-NBA team. It is odd that Beal 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)