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Top Stories of the Week: Our Wizards player evaluations come out while the Mystics get ready for opening day

Stewart W. Small

It has been a rainy week. In fact, there are no signs of it slowing down until the middle of next week. Yikes!

Professional basketball isn’t affected much by whether it rains barring a roof leak, so let’s get squared away on the top stories regarding the Wizards and Mystics.

Our player evaluations

With the 2017-18 Wizards season over and some time to reflect on the year that was, we started our annual player evaluations. Here they are:

In addition, Kevin Broom wrote something ominous but realistic about Wall over the next few years. Unfortunately, the best of Wall’s physical play is probably behind him based on how other athletic point guards have been over the years. (INSERT FEAR EMOJI HERE)

Jason Smith opts in for his 2018-19 salary

The Wizards forward played sparingly last season and will get paid $5.4 million in the 2018-19 season. This shouldn’t be a surprise, considering that Smith wasn’t going to get a contract that lucrative anywhere else. I still think he can provide more to the Wizards than he did last season though.

The Mystics begin the 2018 season today

The Mystics play the Indiana Fever later this afternoon!

And here are some more Mystics links:

  • Ben Standig of The Sports Capitol wrote a column on Elena Delle Donne finding her comfort zone. This includes being comfortable speaking her mind and also, playing her natural power forward position now that Emma Meesseman is not part of the team until at least next year. This post requires a subscription. It starts at an introductory rate at $1.99 for the first month.
  • Ava Wallace of The Washington Post talked to Monique Currie who said that Washington D.C. “has always been home.” She is a fan of the local go-go- shows and as a Duke graduate, she makes everyone step up their debate games:
  • Mechelle Voepel of ESPN writes that the Mystics’ best case scenario is another semifinals appearance. Their worst case scenario is sneaking in to the playoffs and losing in the first round.

And that’s what I have. Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone!