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Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (3) John Wall vs. (14) Rod Strickland

Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (3) John Wall vs. (14) Rod Strickland

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...


John Wall

Years with franchise: 7
Stats: 18.8 ppg, 9.2 apg, 4.4 apg, 1.7 spg, 0.6 bpg, 43.3 FG%, 32.1 3PT%
Accolades: 4-time All-Star, All-NBA, All-Defense, All-Rookie

Summary: The course of the Wizards' franchise was drastically changed in the 2010 NBA Draft when they selected John Wall first overall out of the University of Kentucky. He has since gone on to make four All-Star teams and this past season he earned his first All-NBA nod. Since he teamed up with 2012 third overall pick Bradley Beal, Wall and the Wizards have made the playoffs three out of the last four seasons, each time reaching the second round. 

At just 26 years old, Wall already owns the Wizards franchise records for career assists, career steals and assists in a single season. This past year, Wall was an integral part of a Wizards team that won their most games as a franchise since 1978-79. They also won their first division since that year and in doing so broke the longest division title drought in U.S. professional sports. Wall is in the middle of his prime, and as evidenced last season, getting better. He could very well end up in the Hall of Fame some day and be the first ever to make his name as a member of the Wizards.


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Rod Strickland

Years with franchise: 5
Stats: 15.5 ppg, 8.9 apg, 4.3 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.2 bpg, 43.9 FG%
Accolades: All-NBA

Summary: A veteran of 17 total NBA seasons, Strickland played for Washington from 1996 until 2001. The Bullets acquired him in a July 1996 trade that sent Rasheed Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers. Wallace, of course, went on to have a great career, but Strickland's years in D.C. were memorable.

Strickland made All-NBA in his second season in town, the first year they were called the Wizards. That season he averaged 17.8 points and an NBA-high 10.5 assists per game. Strickland's first season with Washington in 1996-97 was the only time the franchise made the playoffs from 1988 until 2005.



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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.