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In the Water: Picking a starting lineup from the best basketball players in PG County history

In the Water: Picking a starting lineup from the best basketball players in PG County history

On Friday night, Showtime will air a documentary called 'Basketball County: In the Water,' which highlights the remarkable track record of basketball talent produced by Prince George's County, Md., just outside of D.C.

As the documentary details, 25 NBA players have hailed from PG County since the year 2000 alone. There have also been over a dozen WNBA players and many more who starred at the college level.

With the documentary set to debut, our Chris Miller came up with a list of the 25 best men's players from PG County with a simple, but very difficult exercise: to pick a starting lineup. It is structured like the popular $15 meme, where you essentially have a salary cap to work within.

Here is the full list of players witch each dollar amount assigned to them:

Tough to choose, right? Well, I decided to take a crack at it, just as I did with the $15 challenge we made recently for the best players in Wizards/Bullets franchise history. 

Here goes nothing...

G - Ty Lawson ($2)

I thought this was great value. With only $2, I get a point guard who had success at every level of basketball. He starred at Bishop McNamara before going to Oak Hill and becoming a high school McDonald's All-American. Then, he was one of the best players on a national title team at UNC. And he was pretty good in the NBA, as well, most notably for the Nuggets.

G - Joe Forte ($2)

Searching for another value pick at the guard spot led me to forming an all-UNC backcourt. But in Forte I get a guy who was the All-Met player of the year at DeMatha before going on to be a certified bucket-getter in Chapel Hill. Forte was basically the best player during a down period at UNC and didn't do much in the NBA, but he was an unstoppable scorer at his peak.

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F - Rodney McGruder ($1)

Since I loaded up with a few stars, I had to find a real bargain on the list and I think I did that with McGruder, who is now in his fourth NBA season, currently with the Clippers. McGruder went to Archbishop Carroll for high school then starred at Kansas State where he was Big-12 All-Defense. He has been a decent, reliable role player in the NBA.

F - Kevin Durant ($5)

I felt like I had no choice with this one, as Durant is the most accomplished player on the list. He was the All-Met player of the year at Montrose Christian in Rockville, Md. and the MVP of the McDonald's All-American game. In college, he was the national player of the year at Texas. And in the pros, he won the 2014 NBA MVP award, has four scoring titles and two championship rings.

F - Len Bias ($5)

I also felt like this one was a lock. Bias was a standout at Northwestern in Hyattsville, Md. before becoming a superstar at the University of Maryland. He was the ACC player of the year twice and a consensus first-team All-American. He was then selected second overall by the Boston Celtics in 1986 before unfortunately passing away due to a drug overdose.

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Indiana Pacers star and DMV native Victor Oladipo out Monday vs. Wizards

Indiana Pacers star and DMV native Victor Oladipo out Monday vs. Wizards

The Indiana Pacers will be without their All-Star guard when they take the court Monday afternoon against the Washington Wizards.

Nearly 90 minutes before tip-off, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan announced that Victor Oladipo would rest for Monday's game versus Washington, as the team is taking extra precautions with the guard as he continues to recover from a torn quad injury.

The guard is expected to play in Indiana's game Tuesday versus Orlando and is sitting out Monday's contest to prevent playing in back-to-backs, according to McMillan.

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Oladipo has played in just 14 games this season on a minutes restriction, averaging a career-low 26.4 minutes per game. The 28-year-old originally planned to opt-out of the Orlando bubble, but Oladipo changed his mind and rejoined his team before the restart began.

Although the game is taking place in Orlando rather than D.C., Monday's game versus Washington would have been a semi-homecoming for Oladipo.

The guard played his high school ball at DeMatha Catholic, a national powerhouse located in Hyattsville, Md., just over the D.C. border. Additionally, Oladipo would have faced his former high school teammate, Wizards wing Jerian Grant. 

Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Oladipo and Grant's high school coach, Mike Jones, will join the broadcast.

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Lakers' LeBron James says 'The Great Wall of John coming soon' after watching Wall's workout video

Lakers' LeBron James says 'The Great Wall of John coming soon' after watching Wall's workout video

John Wall threw a bomb into the NBA universe when he posted this snippet of his workout on social media and looked like an absolute monster. 

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Many players around the league hopped into Wall's comments section to send the 5x All-Star some love and one of them happened to be the King, LeBron James.

"Yessir!!! The Great Wall of John coming soon!!" James said. 

Wall and James have been good friends since Wall entered the league in 2010 — the two have exchanged advice over the years, trained together in the offseason, and participated in heated head-to-head battles as well. 

"LeBron's a great leader," Wall said back in 2014. "Patience — that's something he has preached to me since his rookie year."

A few more high-profile athletes showed Wall some love on Instagram Sunday night — Former Wizards' star Gilbert Arenas, former Wizard Isaiah Thomas, and Washington Football Team QB Dwayne Haskins. 

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