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Wizards have four players ranked in SI's Top 100 NBA Players of 2019

Wizards have four players ranked in SI's Top 100 NBA Players of 2019

Whether it's 2K ratings or player rankings, every year Wizards fans (and let's be honest, players) are interested to see what the media and pundits think of them in comparison to their peers.

Usually, someone's not happy and has a few things to say on social media. But let's be honest, if you were being evaluated and rated in a public setting, you'd likely have a few opinions of your own too.

SI.com just released it's Top 100 player rankings, and four of the five Wizards starters made this list. 

Here's where each ranked, and why they put them there:

69. Dwight Howard

"The 32-year-old Howard is far removed from his prime years and probably leads the league in worn-out welcomes, but his reputation shouldn’t completely eclipse his performance. Last season, he missed just one game, he made Charlotte better both offensively and defensively when he was on the court, and he was one of only five NBA players to average 12 points and 12 rebounds."

They point out that Howard has obviously turned into a journeyman in recent years, but his ability to rebound and score around the basket still makes him a solid starting center. Howard is certainly an upgrade for the Wizards at the position, and if he can fit into a role that works for Scott Brooks, he could end up being a steal this offseason.

42. Otto Porter

"If open on the perimeter, Porter (who finished third in three-point percentage last season) is a lights-out shooter with a high release point. Should the defense give his shot the respect it deserves, Porter can drive in response without veering out of control. Restraint is the through line of his game. One can always trust in Porter to play within himself, gifting his coaches and teammates a certain peace of mind. Porter is the player you never have to worry about."

Porter is set to be the highest-paid player on the Wizards in 2018-19, at $26,011,913 (John Wall's supermax doesn't kick in until next season). It's reasonable for fans to expect a more assertive Porter offensively this coming season, but his most important role will be his outside shot and a strong effort on defense. 

27. Bradley Beal

"This was a stretch season for Beal (22.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.5 APG), who not only played all 82 games for the first time in his career but went half that time without John Wall. The experience was illuminating. We saw Beal run even more pick-and-roll than usual, approaching each with a new disposition. Taking over the responsibility for an offense can’t help but change a player. Even though Beal will always see the game as a scorer first, he was more patient when it came to reading the floor and letting his options develop."

Many see Bradley Beal as the Wizard most likely to take another huge leap this coming season. We've seen his handle improve, his ability to create his own shot get better, and, maybe most importantly, we saw Beal stay healthy for an entire season, even with a larger-than-normal workload. 

24. John Wall

"If Wall returns to full health and 20/10 production, he belongs in the mix for a top-five spot with the next tier of point guards: Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry. But regaining his footing in that conversation requires more than just flashing his incredible athleticism, maintaining his improved three-point percentage, and recommitting himself on the defensive end."

This is a big season for Wall, who's entering the prime years of his career age-wise, and also close to his supermax hitting the books the following season. Health was the issue last year, and if you remember two years ago, he was being talked about as one of the best point guards in the NBA. With Wall and Beal playing all season, this Wizards backcourt has the potential to take them far in the postseason. 

It all just has to come together.

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How to watch Wizards vs Hornets 'Predict the Game' broadcast

How to watch Wizards vs Hornets 'Predict the Game' broadcast

The Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards are both under .500 this season. With injuries on both squads, stars Kemba Walker and Bradley Beal will have to step up to bring their teams closer to a playoff spot. 

With both stars primed to go off, there will be plenty to look for tonight. Take your Wizards experience to the next level and get involved in the action with NBC Sports Washington's new Predict the Game contest.

'PREDICT THE GAME' HOW TO WATCH

What is this broadcast? Predict the Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 12-15 questions per quarter that will appear on-screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict the Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of each contest will be revealed throughout the game and during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.

Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktopiOS and Android devices. 

The NBC Sports Washington Plus presentation will, for the first time, feature special hosts, who will appear at various times to address Predict the Game participants and provide contest updates, information and results. The enhanced experience will contain the majority of the same video and audio (including announcers) as the primary live-game coverage, which will be available simultaneously on NBC Sports Washington.

How do I win? Fans will earn points for both answering questions (1 point) and correct predictions (1 or 2 points, depending on the question), with the top eligible scorer at the end of each game earning or splitting the $500 prize.

Each quarter will be its own contest, with an entirely new leaderboard starting from scratch, so even if fans miss out on the start of the game there will still be plenty of time to play and win. 

Fans must enter Predict the Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict.

WIZARDS vs HORNETS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Hornets, 2019-20 NBA Regular Season Game 13

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

When: Friday, November 22, 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs Hornets will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington, and the Predict The Game broadcast will be on NBC Sports Washington Plus (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs Hornets on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs HORNETS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders
6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Wizards vs Hornets
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live 
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders

WIZARDS 2019-20 'PREDICT THE GAME' SCHEDULE

November 22: vs Charlotte (7 p.m.)

December 5: vs Philadelphia (7 p.m.)

December 10: at Charlotte (7 p.m.)

December 18: vs Chicago (7 p.m.)

December 26: at Detroit (7 p.m.)

January 1: vs Orlando (6 p.m.)

January 6: vs Boston (7 p.m.)

January 20: vs Detroit (2 p.m.)

January 26: at Atlanta (6 p.m.)

February 3: vs Golden State (7 p.m.)

February 11: vs Chicago (7 p.m.)

February 21: vs Cleveland (7 p.m.)

February 26: vs Brooklyn (7 p.m.)

March 3: at Sacramento (10 p.m.)

March 10: vs New York (7 p.m.)

March 18: at Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.)

March 15: vs Phoenix (7 p.m.)

April 1: vs New Orleans (7 p.m.)

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Wizards vs. Hornets: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Hornets: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Just as the Wizards become the talk of NBA Twitter as they rank first in the league for points scored, Washington has a Friday night matchup at home against the Charlotte Hornets to hopefully put on yet another scoring show for D.C.

Charlotte has lost two of three games on this current road trip and is desperate to slow down Bradley Beal, who has scored 30 or more points in four consecutive games, as well as the Wizards bench, who scored 63 points against the Spurs Wednesday night in their third 60-plus-point outing this season.

In Kemba Walker's absence, point guards Devonte Graham and Terry Rozier lead the Hornets in points scored with 18.2 and 16.5 per game, respectively. Graham also leads in assists (6.9 per game).

WIZARDS vs. ROCKETS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Hornets, Game 13

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Friday, November 22, 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Hornets will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Hornets on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. HORNETS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

7:00 PM: Wizards vs. Hornets (LIVE)

9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

10:30 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE)

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