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Josh Norman lands in NFL Top 100 for second straight season

Josh Norman lands in NFL Top 100 for second straight season

Josh Norman is the third Redskins player voted to the NFL Top 100 list for 2017 (so far). The annual ranking, voted on by current NFL players, unveiled No. 60 through 51 on NFL Network Monday night. 

Norman landed at No. 59, joining teammates Jordan Reed (65) and Kirk Cousins (70). This marks the second straight season that the cornerback was voted into the Top 100 by his peers. 

In 2016, Norman was ranked No. 11 on the heels of a Super Bowl berth with the Carolina Panthers. 

The 2016 season was Norman's first with the Redskins, signing a $75 million contract to come to Washington after being released by the Panthers. 

He started all 16 games for the Redskins and finished the season with 67 tackles, 19 passes defensed and three interceptions. Two of those picks came in the same game against the Bears in Week 16. 

Norman enters the 2017 season as the team's top corner and one of the leaders of the defense, which saw a change of coordinator with Greg Manusky replacing Joe Barry.

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John Wall named to All-NBA Third Team, first All-NBA selection of career

John Wall named to All-NBA Third Team, first All-NBA selection of career

John Wall was one of the NBA's breakout stars during the 2016-17 season. His career-best performance earned the Wizards point guard All-NBA Third Team honors, the first All-NBA selection of his career. 

Here's the complete list of All-NBA selections from the league press release.

All-NBA teams are decided by the votes of 100 sports media members who vote for first, second and third teams. 

Note that Boston point guard Isaiah Thomas beat out Wall for second-team honors by a significant number in balloting, while other star point guards like Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul and Damian Lillard were left off all together. 

Wall fininished the 2016-17 regular season averaging 23.1 points, 10.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2 steals per game. He was also named to his fourth All-Star team this year. 

Wall released a statement through the Wizards ackowledging the honors. 

It is a great honor to be named to the All-NBA team for the first time,” said Wall. “Although this is an individual award, I consider it to be a team accomplishment and a reflection of the success and improvement we had this season. I wouldn’t be in this position without the hard work that my teammates and coaching staff put in on a daily basis and without the constant support and love from my family.  On behalf of the team, I would also like to thank our amazing fans for being there for us all season – we all look forward to reaching new levels together for years to come.

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Wizards met with Maryland point guard Melo Trimble at NBA Draft Combine

Wizards met with Maryland point guard Melo Trimble at NBA Draft Combine

The Wizards met with Maryland standout Melo Trimble at the NBA Draft Combine, according to CSN Wizards Beat Reporter Chris Miller. 

Washington traded away its first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets as part of the package that brought in Bojan Bogdanovic, but as Miller points out, the team still has a draft pick in the second round at No. 52.

One of the biggest roster holes the Wizards will seek to address this summer is backup point guard. Trimble not only could fit that bill, but also he'll likely be available into the second round or even as an undrafted rookie. 

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Last summer Washington brought in Trey Burke hoping he'd be their point guard off the bench, but it became clear by midway through the season that he wouldn't be able to deliver as either a bench scoring option or playmaker to run the offense while John Wall took a breather. 

When the Knicks waived Brandon Jennings at the end of February, the Wizards wasted no time signing him and slotting him above Burke as the primary backup to Wall. Burke rarely played after Jennings arrived, getting a handful of minutes at the end of blowouts only.

Jennings wasn't a scoring revelation for the Wizards, either, but proved a more competent passer capable of maintaining the tempo of the offense. Though not unexpected, Jennings was a borderline liability on defense. 

Burke is a restricted free agent and Jennings is an unrestricted free agent this offseason; neither are likely to return. 

Then there's Tomas Satoransky, who's physically gifted and 6-7, but saw very limited minutes as a rookie and never became a regular part of Scott Brooks' rotations. He'll take a lot more development for the Wizards to know what they have. 

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The Wizards will survey the free agent market for backup point guards, but their meeting with Trimble indicates they've also entertained the idea of looking for one in the draft. 

Trimble led the Terps in scoring in all three years of his career in College Park, and he found success in the pick-and-roll. But he's been inconsistent on offense and can struggle finishing at the rim.

Though Trimble shot 41% from 3-point range his freshman year, that dropped off to 31% his second and third year. His height and athleticism are below average for NBA point guard prospects. 

Taking a chance on Trimble, either with the second-round pick or an undrafted rookie signing, won't cost the Wizards much. His principle advantage over known quantities like Burke and Jennings is that he could still surprise with some untapped potential. 

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