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Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (4) Walt Bellamy vs. (13) Chris Webber

Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (4) Walt Bellamy vs. (13) Chris Webber

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...


Walt Bellamy

Years with franchise: 5
Stats: 27.6 ppg, 16.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 51.6 FG%
Accolades: Hall of Famer, 4-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year

Summary: The only player in this bracket who dates back to the franchise's first iteration when they played in Chicago, Bellamy was in fact the first draft pick ever made by the franchise. He was selected first overall in 1961 out of Indiana University and went on to enjoy a Hall of Fame career of 14 NBA seasons, the first five with the Wizards/Bullets franchise.

Bellamy made four All-Star teams, including his rookie year when they were known as the Chicago Packers and his second season when they were the Chicago Zephyrs. He then made two more All-Star teams once they moved and became the Baltimore Bullets. A 6-foot-11 center, Bellamy was a prolific scorer and rebounder. He averaged a ridiculous 31.6 points and 19 rebounds as a rookie. It remains one of the best individual seasons in NBA history.


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Chris Webber

Years with franchise: 4
Stats: 20.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.7 bpg, 50.1 FG%
Accolades: All-Star

Summary: Webber was selected first overall by the Magic in the 1993 draft and immediately traded to the Warriors. He played just one season for Golden State before being dealt again, this time to Washington for Tom Gugliotta and three first round picks, one of which turned out to be Vince Carter. Webber would play just four seasons for Washington, but he left an indelible mark as one of the best players in franchise history.

Webber was a sensation in college at the University of Michigan and came into his own as a star with the Bullets. He could do it all: score, rebound, pass and rack up steals and blocks. He formed a dynamic duo with Juwan Howard, his former college teammate, and the two led the Bullets to the playoffs in 1997, the only time the franchise made it from 1988 to 2005. Webber had a long and illustrious career, but played most of his years elsewhere. The Wizards traded him in May of 1998 for Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe. Part of it was because of off-the-court concerns involving Webber, but the trade has since been cemented as one of the worst front office moves in franchise history. Richmond soon declined, while Webber remained one of the NBA's best players the better part of a decade.



Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (1) Unseld vs. (16) Howard

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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.