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Wizards entirely left off of the NBA's annual GM survey

Wizards entirely left off of the NBA's annual GM survey

The NBA released its annual general manager survey on Thursday, and there was not one mention of any Wizards player or coach.

The survey asked GMs a variety of questions, including their season predictions, who they would start a franchise with, which team made the best offseason moves, and so on.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who just signed a two-year, $72 million extension on Thursday, was snubbed from questions regarding shooting guard lists in the survey. James Harden took home 86 percent of the vote for who GM's think is the best shooting guard, followed by Paul George with seven percent of the votes. Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson received honorable mention. Beal did not.

Rui Hachimura, the Wizards first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, was also absent from all questions related to rookies. No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson is the heavy favorite to win Rookie of the Year, according to GMs. Williamson took home 48 percent of the vote, followed by Ja Morant with 29 percent. 

In addition to being asked who they thought would win Rookie of the Year, GMs were asked which rookie they think will be the best in five years, and which rookie was the biggest steal in the draft. Hachimura was not mentioned in either.

In last year's survey, Wizards point guard John Wall was voted as the second-fastest player with the ball, only trailing Russell Westbrook. But with Wall set to miss most of the 2019 season, if not all, while recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, the point guard was left off this year's vote.

To see the full results from the GM survey, click here.

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Bradley Beal weighs in on the Myles Garrett, Mason Rudolph incident

Bradley Beal weighs in on the Myles Garrett, Mason Rudolph incident

Things got ugly Thursday night when Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett took off Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Mason Rudolph's helmet and swung at him, using the helmet as a weapon. Garrett was later suspended indefinitely, at a minimum of the remainder of the 2019 season, for his actions.

Several athletes took to Twitter to give their opinion on the incident, including Wizards guard Bradley Beal.

Beal, like pretty much everyone, agrees that Garrett's actions went way too far. But, the shooting guard also thinks that Rudolph should have been given some repercussions for his role in the incident.

From the video that Beal responded to, the footage shows Rudolph instigated the brawl by attempting to pull Garrett's helmet off first. While Garrett has been suspended indefinitely, the NFL did not suspend Rudolph.

Regardless, the incident was not a good look for the NFL, and the suspension to Garrett was the league putting their foot down to make sure an incident of such magnitude never occurs again.

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Wizards tasked with limiting the Towns and Wiggins show in Minnesota

Wizards tasked with limiting the Towns and Wiggins show in Minnesota

The last time the Wizards and Timberwolves met, six Minnesota players reached double figures, Washington scored just 16 points in the third quarter and the Timberwolves won by 22—all without Karl-Anthony Towns on the floor due to suspension.

Towns will suit up this time, however, when the Wizards travel to Minnesota looking to snap their three-game winning streak. The Timberwolves have won two straight, most recently beating the San Antonio Spurs 129-114 in game Towns and forward Andrew Wiggins combined for 58 points.

With all due respect to Robert Covington (11.8 PPG), Jeff Teague (13.9 PPG, 6.3 APG) and rookie Jarrett Culver, Towns and Wiggins have been the driving forces behind the Minnesota offense, which ranks fifth in the NBA with 117.2 points per game.

That duo will enter Friday night as the biggest stars to watch on the Timberwolves.

Karl-Anthony Towns

The Wizards lucked out Nov. 2, when Towns missed the first of two games after getting involved in an altercation with Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid three nights prior. Yet Minnesota still outscored Washington 56-24 in the paint, led by Covington and Gorgui Deng.

Those problems will likely continue Friday. Towns is averaging 25.8 PPG and 12 RPG while keeping defenders honest with a 40.7 shooting percentage from behind the 3-point line. The two-time All-Star has played up to his resume so far this season, but one area he’s taken strides in is his passing.

Towns has assisted on 21.8% of points scored while he’s been on the floor this season, easily his career high. The emergence of Wiggins as a legitimate scoring threat has helped boost that figure, but Towns has been looking to pass much more this season than in years past.

Andrew Wiggins

The former No. 1 overall pick has always been able to score in bunches, but he’s turned his game up to another level this season. Wiggins has dropped at least 30 points in four of his last five games, shooting well from behind the arc but doing most of his damage in the lane and from midrange.

Wiggins’ contributions have opened up the rest of the offense to focus more on their individual assignments. Teague and Culver don’t need to score in high volumes and can instead be the ball distributors that they are. Covington can work out of the post more frequently and spot up from three when he has the opportunities.

It’s turned the Timberwolves’ offense into a well-oiled machine that runs like it’s fresh out of the factory. Under head coach Ryan Saunders, the Timberwolves are playing as well as they have ever have with Towns in tow. If Wiggins and Towns find a rhythm early, this game could be over before it even gets started.

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