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Wizards pushing to get 3 players in NBA's Rising Stars Challenge

Wizards pushing to get 3 players in NBA's Rising Stars Challenge

The Wizards, and Teammate of the Year Jordan McRae, are doing everything they can to have heavy representation at NBA All-Star weekend. 

All month they've been campaigning for Bradley Beal to make the All-Star game, Thursday it was a movement for Bertans to get invited to the three-point contest.

Now, the Wizards are pushing for Troy Brown, Anzejs Pasecniks and Moe Wagner to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, an exhibition game played between the league's best rookies and second-year players. 

 

Brown probably has the best claim of the three. He's played extremely well since getting moved to the bench and is currently averaging 10.3 points,5.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 46 percent shooting. 

The second-year wing is still a relatively unknown commodity around the league, so an appearance at the Rising Stars game would give him a chance to show the NBA world what he can do with the ball in his hands. 

Wagner has missed the last 20 games with an ankle injury, but before he went down, he solidified himself as one of the NBA's best charge-takers. Pasecniks went from an Exhibit 10 contract, to a two-way contract and then a multi-year deal with the Wizards. 

And of course, McRae was there to support his teammates. 

The Rising Stars game used to be rookies against sophomores but was recently split up as a USA vs. World exhibition. Brown would qualify for the US, while Pasecniks and Wagner could potentially go up against their teammate on the World side.

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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Today the NBA announced that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has the most popular jersey in Japan.

Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season through January.

Hachimura's ranking shouldn't come as a surprise, as the rookie became the first Japanese-born player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the Wizards took him ninth overall last summer.

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Wizards and the Warriors. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks rounded out the top five.

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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