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Potential Wizards lottery pick Tyrese Haliburton out for season

Potential Wizards lottery pick Tyrese Haliburton out for season

Tyrese Haliburton's incredible season with the Iowa State Cyclones has been cut short after he suffered a left-wrist fracture that will sideline him for the remainder of the year.

The point guard is a potential NBA lottery pick and had been rising up several draft boards across the country. In NBC Sports Washington's latest mock draft, he slots in with the No. 7 overall pick, which is currently occupied by the Washington Wizards. 

Haliburton's jump this season saw him double his shot attempts per game and saw his production duplicate as well. He averages 15.2 points per game on 11 shot attempts while shooting 50% from the field as a guard and 42% from behind the arc. Throw in 6.5 assists a contest and this is one of the best do-it-all point guards in the country. 

As the leading scorer on a poor Iowa State team, it took him a while to gain footing among scouts' evaluations. But once he gained traction, it was hard not to love the playmaking ability that he brings. 

For the Wizards, or any other team for that matter, he would be a great addition. At 6-5, he brings the quickness of John Wall but has the length, defensive skills, pass-first mentality and finishing ability at the rim of Lonzo Ball. The only gripe on Haliburton is his release motion which has been compared to Shawn Marion. 

He could fit with the Wizards as either a backup for Wall when he returned from injury or as a worst-case scenario, the starter with a knack for setting up his teammates. It's a win-win scenario for Washington if he is still available at No. 7 and the Wizards don't rise as they make a playoff push. Either way, there isn't a better player at that position who would be available at No. 7 in the draft. 

The injury should not affect his draft status too much. He's a right-handed shooter so it should not be a worry for NBA teams. One could argue that he won't get the opportunities to prove himself in late-season games. However, with two of the prospects ahead of him sitting out the rest of the competitive season, this is not abnormal in this year's draft. 

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Isaiah Thomas shows off impressive collection of signed jerseys

Isaiah Thomas shows off impressive collection of signed jerseys

Like most sports fanatics, Isaiah Thomas has accumulated quite the jersey collection. The difference between him and the rest of us? He met all the people who's signed jerseys are hanging on his wall. 

Thomas showed off his collection to Chris Miller (watch above) as a part of his interview on the Wizards Talk Podcast, and we're going to go through it with him. 

First, he showed off his non-basketball collection, featuring Ken Griffey Jr., David Ortiz Tom Brady and Sidney Crosby. It's anyone's guess how he came across a dreaded Crosby jersey, but it's safe to assume he got the Brady and Ortiz jerseys from his time in Boston and his Griffey from his roots in Seattle. 

Continuing with the Seattle theme, Thomas turned to two Sonics legends in Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and Kevin Durant. Thomas has been one of the biggest advocates for the NBA returning to Seattle, and bringing up the days of Payton and Kemp would make anyone miss the Sonics. 

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Next up, former Wizards teammate John Wall, Derrick Rose, Vince Carter, Muggsy Bogues, one of the best small guards to ever play, Brandon Roy and Jamal Crawford. 

Then, Thomas moved to his "Hitter List." It's a wall consisting of Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Damon Stoudemire and James Harden. 

"Those are killers right there," Thomas said.

So, the main takeaway here? Thomas has a jersey collection that would make anyone jealous and he still has plenty of time to add to it before his career is over. That's when we might need a follow-up video to see the complete collection. 

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Relive the best games of Bradley Beal's 25-point scoring streak

Relive the best games of Bradley Beal's 25-point scoring streak

With the 2019-20 season on hold due to the coronavirus, we thought it'd be a good time to re-live some of the best moments the Wizards had before the league suspended play.

From January 20 to March 6, Bradley Beal put on one of the best scoring stretches in Wizards history. He scored at least 25 points in 21 consecutive games, good for the longest such streak in franchise history and the longest in the NBA all season, beating out the likes of James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

Over that 21-game stretch, Beal averaged 36 points and 5.6 assists while shooting 48.6% from the floor and 40.7% from three on nine attempts per game. He only scored less than 30 points five times throughout the course of the streak. 

30+ points: 16 games
40+ points: 6 games
50+ points: 2 games

Oh, and those 50-pieces came on back-to-back nights, which is something nobody in the NBA had done since Kobe Bryant in 2007. 

All-day Sunday, you'll be able to re-live the best games from Beal's streak on NBC Sports Washington. Here's a look at what you can expect. 

When: Sunday, April 5, 9:00 a.m.

Where:

  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms

9 am -- Pistons @ Wizards from January 20, 2020: Beal starts off his streak by scoring 29 points in a much-needed win over the Pistons. This game also featured Beal crossing center Andre Drummond out of his shoes. 

11:30 am -- Wizards @ Hawks from January 26, 2020: In a trying day for the entire basketball world, Bradley Beal scored 40 points just hours after Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash. 

2 pm -- Mavericks @ Wizards from February 7, 2020: Beal scores 29 and hits the game-winning layup off a perfectly executed pass from Troy Brown Jr. 

4:30 pm -- Wizards @ Bulls from February 23, 2020: Setting a new career-high with 53 points, it's hard to look at Beal as a reason the Wizards lost this one. 

8 pm -- Bucks @ Wizards from February 24, 2020: One night later, Beal sets a career-high again by scoring 55 points in what he described was the most fun game he'd ever played in. 

11:30 pm -- Nets @ Wizards from February 26, 2020: Beal gets the Wizards back on track following a three-game losing streak post All-Star break with a 30-point night against the Nets at home. 

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