The temperatures are getting hotter. School is ending in the next couple weeks in the local school districts around the D.C. area. But hey, we still have some stories!
So, here are the headlines:
1. The Community Draft Board is in full effect
Just to recap, here are the players you all selected over the past several days.
- Karl-Anthony Towns
- Jahlil Okafor
- D'Angelo Russell
- Willie Cauley-Stein
- Justise Winslow
- Emmanuel Mudiay
- Kristaps Porzingis
- Myles Turner
- Frank Kaminsky
- Mario Hezonja
2. Klay Thompson could have really been in the House of Guards
I never thought that a footnote on a Grantland article would spawn a plethora of posts in social media or other blogs on this issue. Either way. Well, I'm part of the problem too but my point still stands. Yes, the Wizards whiffed on Jan Vesely in 2011, but at the same time, they've built themselves a decent team. I'm not endorsing Ernie Grunfeld's every move, but this team still bounced back from the dark days when the Wizards were better known for being a team of goofballs running the locker room.
3. SB Nation NBA team sites are running their own mock draft with trades! We got an offer from BlazersEdge too
Jake tells all in this piece. The TL;dr version is this: the Wizards must be willing to trade Nene and possibly their first round pick in this year's draft. Doing so will allow them to upgrade some of their immediate needs. In addition, the chance of the 19th pick being an All-Star or a very notable player is nowhere close to being as high as the chance of a Top-5 pick being the same.
4. Paul Pierce is on vacation in Mexico and wondering about his future
Pierce is in some resort in a beach town in Mexico I presume, or maybe he's visiting an ancient Aztec landmark with his family, where his children will receive some valuable lessons on world history. Okay, that's speculation, except the Mexico part.
But while he's there, Pierce also will ponder on whether to pick up his $5.5 million player option for next season. I get that the Wizards are old enough already in many places, but Pierce definitely showed that he can still contribute at a high level.
5. Dick Motta receives the NBA Coaches Association Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award
The former Bullets head coach led the Bullets to the 1978 NBA championship, and he also led the Bulls and Mavericks to 50-win seasons. A great accomplishment for the good ole ball coach. Click here to read more from Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post.
6. Otto Porter is the 2014-15 Shaqtin' a Fool MVP
As Wizards fans, we dread Shaqtin' a Fool thanks to JaVale McGee's regular appearances and blunders -- all while the Wizards were losing game after game. But I'll admit, Porter's defensive lapse takes the cake of the year, and that play alone pretty much gave him this "honor":
But here's a positive way to look at that lapse. It got Porter's head straight because he was defending at a very high level during the playoffs!
7. The Mystics play two games this weekend, including tonight
Washington is 2-0 this season, and they lead the Eastern Conference. The only other undefeated WNBA team is the Minnesota Lynx, who are 3-0 after a 94-70 win over the Seattle Storm on Thursday. (And the Mystics beat them twice in two days when you include the analytic scrimmage!)
Tonight, they'll play the Atlanta Dream (1-2) at 7 p.m. at home, so watch it on Monumental Network online or WNBA LiveAccess which requires a subscription. Then on Sunday, they'll travel to New York in a rematch vs. the Liberty (3-1), who they beat at home last Saturday. The Libs' three wins were also at home if you're wondering. You can only watch Sunday's game on LiveAccess at 6 p.m.
I'm not entirely ready to say that the Mystics are going to run the tables in the East because they just played two games. Also, they only won two games against two teams that failed to make the playoffs last season, even though the Liberty is. But over the last several months, the league's past offseason turned everything upside down, where most teams shook up their rosters or their stars aren't playing for various reasons. The Mystics haven't done that to the same extent, and the end result is a consistent identity of defense-first basketball which carries them to wins, even if the offense isn't clicking ... yet.
That's all I got in this weekly mind dump. Enjoy your weekends!