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Five things you need to know about new Wizard Bobby Portis

Five things you need to know about new Wizard Bobby Portis

Bobby Portis was traded to the Wizards Thursday night in the deal which sent Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls. Here's five things you need to know about the 23-year old power forward.

1. A native of Little Rock, Ark., Portis stayed in his home state for college, becoming a Razorback in 2013. In his sophomore campaign, Portis won SEC Player of the Year, averaging 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. 

2. Portis was drafted by the Bulls with the 22nd overall pick in 2015. He had a rather quiet rookie season, scoring just seven points per contest in 62 games, starting only four of them. However, just two years later, Portis was making headlines again, but for all the wrong reasons...

3. On Oct. 17, 2017, Portis got into a physical altercation with teammate Nikola Mirotic during a Bulls practice. Portis landed a punch to Mirotic's face, the European sharpshooter suffering a broken jaw and concussion.

Following the incident, Portis was suspended for the first eight games of the 2017-18 season.

4. Later that season, Portis injured Wizards guard -- and new teammate -- Tomas Satoransky during a game in February. Portis was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected from the game. "I went for the basketball. They called what they called, and you have to live with the result," he said afterward. 

5. Statistically, Portis is currently having the best season of his NBA career, averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, both career-highs. However, he's only appeared in 22 games after missing significant time with an MCL sprain. 

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Scott Brooks has a simple reason for why Bradley Beal should be an All-Star

Scott Brooks has a simple reason for why Bradley Beal should be an All-Star

WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal was not picked as a starter for next month's NBA All-Star Game through a voting process that included fans, the media and fellow players. Now it is up to NBA head coaches, who select the seven reserves for each conference.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks is not allowed to vote for his own player, but believes Beal has a good chance to be picked based on one simple reason. He can tell how much opposing coaches respect Beal each and every night the Wizards play a game.

"Brad's an All-Star. I know that because every night I get to see it. Every night I get to see the defensive schemes against him. He gets double-teamed I want to say every game. That tells me that coaches feel the same way," Brooks said.

Brooks doesn't lobby other coaches to vote for his players, but said others have tried to persuade him in the past. He will "respectfully listen," he says, but believes it is important to do his own research and make his own choices.

"We all take pride in our choice," Brooks said. "It's an elite group and it's hard to get in."

Though Beal isn't a starter, he has a good case for being a reserve. This season he is averaging 28.1 points (third in East), 6.3 assists (10th in East) and 4.5 rebounds per game. 

If Beal doesn't make the All-Star team, it will likely be blamed on the Wizards' record. They are 15-30 and some of his competitors could get credit for being on better teams.

Brooks, though, believes other coaches should consider the circumstances Beal has been in. He says he takes that stuff into account with his own vote.

"There's a lot of factors that go in," Brooks explained. "It's situations. Guys that are on teams that are not playing well... are they not playing well because of him or are they not playing well because they have a lot of young guys, or because they're injured? A lot of players are injured. We've had a lot of injuries this year."

Beal has been an All-Star each of the past two years. We will find out on Thursday if he is in for the third time.

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Trae Young joins Kobe Bryant in historic feat against Wizards

Trae Young joins Kobe Bryant in historic feat against Wizards

Following the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday, emotions were high. 

Many current and former players paid tribute to Bryant, including Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young, who dominated in the Hawks 152-133 win over the Wizards. 

He ended the night with a spectacular performance of 45 points, with 14 assists, making 13-of-24 FGs and 13-of-16 free throws as well as six 3-pointers, six rebounds and one assist. 

Young is the first player to have a 45-point double-double with under 25 field goal attempts against the Washington Wizards, since Kobe Bryant on December 17, 2006.

In honor of his mentor and favorite NBA player, Young wore a No. 8 jersey and took an 8-second-violation after the opening tip. 

He even wore his shoes with a tribute to Bryant as well. 

Young was able to channel his emotions into the game, leaving everything on the floor.

In an emotional night, Young was able to keep himself composed leading the Hawks past the Wizards. 

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