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Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (6) Earl Monroe vs. (11) Bernard King

Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (6) Earl Monroe vs. (11) Bernard King

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...


Earl Monroe

Years with franchise: 5
Stats: 23.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.6 apg, 44.5 FG%
Accolades: Hall of Famer, 2-time All-Star, All-NBA, Rookie of the Year, All-Rookie

Summary: The second overall pick in the 1967 NBA Draft, 'The Pearl' was an instant star. He won the Rookie of the Year award and was an All-Star by his second season. Monroe played both guard positions and was a prolific scorer, averaging 24.3 points as a rookie. Monroe averaged 23.7 points in his five seasons with the Bullets at 6-foot-3 and without a three-point line.

The Bullets missed the playoffs in Monroe's first season with the franchise, which at the time was located in Baltimore. By his fourth season they were in the NBA Finals with Hall of Famers Wes Unseld and Gus Johnson also in the lineup. Just months later and only three games into the next season, Monroe was traded to the New York Knicks. He played the rest of his career in New York and won an NBA title.


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Bernard King

Years with franchise: 4
Stats: 22.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.9 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.2 bpg, 48.3 FG%, 17.7 3PT%
Accolades: Hall of Famer, All-Star, All-NBA

Summary: Unlike Monroe who played the early years of his career with the Bullets, King didn't arrive in town until he was in his 30s. He had also played a total of six games in the previous two seasons due to injury before he signed a free agent deal with Washington. King, though, had plenty left in the tank. He played at least 64 games in each of his four seasons with the Bullets with his best year coming in 1990-91 at the age of 34. That season King averaged 28.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He was named an All-Star.

In King's first season with the Bullets, they made the playoffs as part of a stretch of five straight years they lost in the first round. But that was it for King and the Bullets in the postseason. By his final year in D.C., they were a 30-win team. Still, King left a lasting legacy as one of the best scorers in franchise history.



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

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

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

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

Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (5) Chenier vs. (12) Jamison

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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.