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Elena Delle Donne tied for the WNBA's best NBA 2K rating as full rankings are unveiled

Elena Delle Donne tied for the WNBA's best NBA 2K rating as full rankings are unveiled

WASHINGTON - As NBA 2K20 became available today, several WNBA players discovered their player ratings on the popular hoops videogame. 

To no one's surprise, Elena Delle Donne was the top player on the Washington Mystics with a player rating of 95 out of 100. There was only one other player in the entire league that matched Delle Donne's 95, the Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart. 

"I don't play videogames," Delle Donne said after the release. "I'm definitely honored to have such a high rating, I guess. I gotta learn about ratings."

As compared to the NBA, Delle Donne and Stewart matched the same rating as the Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry. Only five other NBA players are currently ranked higher. 

Guard Kristi Toliver was the second-ranked player for Washington (87) as the other All-Star on the roster. The remaining three starters are the other Mystics ranked above an 80.

Below is the remaining of the Mystics' first-ever 2K ratings.

#11 Elena Delle Donne - 95
#20 Kristi Toliver - 87
#7 Ariel Atkins - 84
#30 LaToya Sanders - 81
#9 Natasha Cloud - 80
#21 Tianna Hawkins - 79
#33 Emma Meesseman -79
#23 Aerial Powers - 78
#2 Myisha Hines-Allen - 75
#32 Shatori Walker-Kimbrough - 75
#5 Kiara Leslie - 72
#6 Kim Mestdagh - 71

This edition of NBA 2K20 is the first time ever that the WNBA will be featured in the videogame. Several players are extremely excited to be in on the game as many were not pleased with the WNBA product put out by NBA Live in 2017.  

No one, though, is more thrilled than the Mystics' resident gamer Aerial Powers. She pre-ordered the game and already has raving reviews, meeting her expectations. However, as she predicted, NBA 2K definitely shorted the guard in her rating.

"They low-balled me on the rating," Powers told NBC Sports Washington. "I should be at least over 85, I think. The way I've been playing lately. And then my defense is 68? That's awful. I'm a lock-down defender. That's awful."


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After setbacks in rehab, John Wall is appreciating the little things in life

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After setbacks in rehab, John Wall is appreciating the little things in life

WASHINGTON -- John Wall has been all smiles in public when discussing his rehab from Achilles surgery. He has even remarked how smoothly this recovery has gone compared to others he's underwent in the past.

But his road back from a ruptured left Achilles has not been entirely free of obstacles. He revealed to NBC Sports Washington on the Wizards Talk podcast recently that he dealt with an infection that delayed him getting out of his walking boot.

That was already weeks after he first had surgery to remove bone spurs from his heel in January. He had a series of infections following that procedure, one of which helped doctors discover his Achilles had torn during a fall in his home.

Wall can admit now after the fact it was a difficult time for him.

"I've just put in a lot of hard work," he said. "For me to be where I'm at right now, with all the setbacks and infections and then finding out my Achilles was ruptured and then going through another infection, it was like 'man, when can I ever get past that point of just getting out of the boot and walking?'"

What made that last part particularly frustrating was where Wall makes his offseason home. He summers in Miami, a place notorious for its humidity.

"I was in Miami during the summertime in a boot. Like, man, I don't want to be in hot Miami in a boot, sweating," he said.

Nowadays, things are much better for Wall. He is doing on-court work at the Wizards' practice facility. He can shoot jumpers and do individual ball-handling and passing drills. He can jog and lift weights.

After months of waiting to just have his walking boot come off, Wall is very appreciative to simply be able to do anything on the basketball court.

"Just to do the ball-handling and be able to shoot and do the weight-lifting, that's a great aspect [of my progress]. It makes it easier for me because I'm in a great space where it's fun," he said. 

"I'm able to do what I'm able to do, even if I'm not playing at a high speed and running up and down, I'm able to shoot and do ball-handling. That's what I love to do."

Wall continues to make progress, now nine months removed from the Achilles surgery he had on Feb. 12. He is likely to be out at least three more months, and he could miss all of the 2019-20 season.

At some point, Wall may get restless, but he continues to preach patience towards his return. When asked by Chris Miller if he will start bothering the coaches soon to play, he said he's just happy to be back on the court in practice.


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Moe Wagner isn't the only Wizards with a questionable golf swing

Moe Wagner isn't the only Wizards with a questionable golf swing

With the grind of the NBA season preparing to get underway, the Washington Wizards are spending some time off the court as a way to relax and have some fun. On Monday, the team headed to Top Golf to take some hacks, and we were treated to a breakdown of each player's swing.

As you can see, some like head coach Scott Brooks have a pretty smooth swing. However, the same cannot be said about others.

Take for example Moe Wagner. 

The newly acquired Wizard started off promising with a solid stance, bent knees and all. But, the wind up showed that there were clearly some quirks in his mechanics. Then, the worst thing possible happened: a missed ball. No one will really judge if the swing isn't the prettiest, considering his job is to play basketball, but to come up empty hurts.

Wagner wasn't alone in his misfortunes, however. Jordan McRae also had some trouble getting his club to connect with the ball. But, as they say, third times the charm.

As for other poor swings, Davis Bertans and Thomas Bryant had success hitting the ball, it just didn't look all too pretty.

For Bryant, he may be taking the concept of getting a low, solid base, quite too literally. With Bertans, the movement on his back leg followed by a quick swing is, well, interesting to say the least.

But, fear not, Washington does have a few players who at least look like they've picked up a golf club before. 

Even rookie Rui Hachimura showed off a pretty decent stroke.

While the videos did provide a good laugh, it's safe to say that most of these guys shouldn't quit their day jobs.