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All-NBA achievement great for John Wall, his future in D.C., but he wants more

All-NBA achievement great for John Wall, his future in D.C., but he wants more

Before John Wall knew he was an All-NBA player for the first time in his seven-year-career, he concluded “it was a pretty cool season.”

The Wizards fell one game short of their goal of the Eastern Conference finals and one win short of 50 wins. Wall is the franchise's fourth All-NBA third-team selection, joining Gilbert Arenas, Juwan Howard and Bernard King.

Thursday, the league announced he was selected among the top 15 players in the NBA when he was named to the All-NBA third team.

Wall felt he should’ve been All-NBA two years ago, when he had a better season than Kyrie Irving but was left off despite being an All-Star Game starter for the first time. He’ll probably feel like he should’ve been second team.

Isaiah Thomas, who led the Boston Celtics to 53 wins and past the Wizards in a seven-game series, was All-NBA second team ahead of him.

Wall averaged career-highs in points (23.1), assists (10.7), steals (2.0) and field-goal percentage (45.1). He also had 50 double-doubles – 45 more than Thomas.

If Thomas is given extra credit because of his success despite being just 5-foot-9 and a defensive liability, consider Wall had surgeries to both knees on May 5, 2016.

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He wasn’t anywhere near top shape entering training camp in September and began this season with restrictions. He wasn’t supposed to play in back-to-back games until January but sped up the process when the Wizards began 2-8 and were in danger of falling off the cliff.

Wall responded by scoring a career-high 52 points, a career-high 20 assists and knocking down his first game-winning shot in the final five seconds. The Wizards won 17 games in a row at home and won their division for the first time in four decades.

“I have two healthy knees. I don’t have to go through a surgery again,” Wall said during exit interviews earlier this week. “Like I told everybody I banked on myself. After I have surgery I’ll come back a better player and it showed this season. All I can do is use it as motivation going forward.”

Bank is a small but big word. With the 2017 collective bargaining agreement, there’s performance-based criteria for which Wall now qualifies. Instead of being able to get 30% of the salary cap on a new deal, Wall can get a maximum 35% if he were to work out an extension for four more years.

It’s a wrinkle added to the CBA to give teams more of a chance to retain their own free agents.

When Wall signed his current deal, the salary cap was just under $60 million. When the league gets the completed audit of its finances June 30, the cap is expected to be about $101 million for the 2017-18 season.

The piece of the pie is bigger, but Wall seems more likely to ride out his current deal that has two years left and figure out what to do next.

How the Wizards progress will be key to whatever his decision is but he wants to win which means getting deeper than the second round of the playoffs in three of the last four years. He would like to do it in D.C. and this season and his All-NBA selection are at least stepping stones in the right direction.

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Mike Scott can add toughness to Wizards' bench

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Mike Scott can add toughness to Wizards' bench

As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Mike Scott's season...

Player: Mike Scott

Position: Power forward

Age: 29

2016-17 stats: 18 G, 10.8 mpg, 2.5 ppg, 0.9 apg, 2.1 rpg, 0.2 spg, 0.2 bpg, 28.8 FG%,14.8 3P%, 87.5 FT%, 32.2 eFG%, 85 ORtg, 108 DRtg

2017-18 storyline: Much like Jodie Meeks, Scott represents a low-risk, potentially high-reward option for the Wizards bench as a guy who was once a very good player before his career veered off track due to injuries. Scott's problems in 2016-17 dealt with his left knee. He didn't make his season debut until Nov. 30 and played just eight games before Jan. 16. By then the Hawks were in midseason form and Scott never gained his footing. They traded him to the Suns in Feb. and he was later cut from the team.

Scott joined the Wizards on a one-year deal this summer hoping to hit the restart button with what is technically his local team. Scott grew up in Chesapeake, Va. and went to the University of Virginia where he starred under head coach Tony Bennett. Scott remains a big Redskins fan.

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Scott has the potential to be a key rotation piece for the Wizards, if he can reclaim his form from a few years ago. At his peak in Atlanta, Scott was a hard-nosed defender who could score sparingly but with efficiency. He has even proven able to stretch the floor with a solid three-point percentage. He shot 39.2 percent from three on 2.1 attempts per game in 2015-16.

Scott is slated to be a backup behind Markieff Morris and Otto Porter and will compete for minutes with Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Jason Smith. The Wizards would love to see him add toughness and defensive awareness to their second unit, much like Morris does for the starting lineup. If he can stay healthy and provide those things, Scott will turn from a reclamation project into a diamond in the rough.

Potential to improve: Availability, rebounding, versatility.

MORE WIZARDS' ROSTER PREVIEWS:

Can John Wall take another step after earning All-NBA?

Is this the year Bradley Beal becomes an All-Star?

What is the next step in Otto Porter's development?

Markieff Morris can be an X-factor this season

Will Marcin Gortat's role change or be the same this year?

Will Kelly Oubre, Jr. make a big leap this season?

Can Ian Mahinmi make a bigger impact in his second season?

Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?

Jodie Meeks could make big impact off bench

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Jodie Meeks could make major difference on bench

Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Jodie Meeks could make major difference on bench

As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Jodie Meeks' season...

Player: Jodie Meeks

Position: Shooting guard

Age: 30

2016-17 stats: 36 G, 20.5 mpg, 9.1 ppg, 1.3 apg, 2.1 rpg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 40.2 FG%, 40.9 3P%, 87.8 FT%, 51.2 eFG%, 107 ORtg, 111 DRtg

2017-18 storyline: The Wizards' problems at backup shooting guard weren't quite as pronounced as their backup point guard situation in 2016-17 because they weren't forced to bring in someone off the free agent wire. But they certainly could have used some better production behind Bradley Beal, as head coach Scott Brooks was often forced to spell Beal with creative lineups featuring no natural shooting guards.

In Meeks, the Wizards hope to have a stable presence at the position, someone who can provide a scoring punch off the bench and allow Brooks to mix-and-match his guards. Meeks, in theory, could run with backup point guard Tim Frazier, starting point guard John Wall, Tomas Satoransky or even Beal, who has made strides in his ball-handling skills enough to play sparingly at point guard.

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In order for Meeks to fill the role the Wizards expect of him, he will need to first prove he can overcome the injuries that have plagued him the past three seasons. Meeks appeared in just 39 total games the past two years and an average of 33 games in the last three. The Wizards need him to play much more than that, obviously. But in signing Meeks, they hope to get high reward out of a low-risk contract.

Meeks' primary value if healthy will be as a three-point threat in the second unit. Offense is his calling card and in recent years he's shown the ability to hit threes efficiently and at high volume. In 36 games with the Magic last year, he hit 40.9 percent on 3.8 attempts per game. In his last full season that wasn't affected by injuries, 2013-14 when he was with the Lakers, Meeks shot 40.1 percent from long range on 5.2 attempts per game. Now he's playing for a good team with two good passing point guards to set him up. 

Potential to improve: Availablity, on-ball defense, field-goal percentage.

MORE WIZARDS' ROSTER PREVIEWS:

Can John Wall take another step after earning All-NBA?

Is this the year Bradley Beal becomes an All-Star?

What is the next step in Otto Porter's development?

Markieff Morris can be an X-factor this season

Will Marcin Gortat's role change or be the same this year?

Will Kelly Oubre, Jr. make a big leap this season?

Can Ian Mahinmi make a bigger impact in his second season?

Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?

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