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The kids are alright

Basketball

The Wizards snagged a surprise pick in yesterday’s NBA draft, a rookie matchup awaits for the Washington Football Team (WFT) and the Spirit’s rising stars will earn invaluable international experience.

November 20, 2020
SOURCE: JOHN MCDONNELL/THE WASHINGTON POST
SOURCE: JOHN MCDONNELL/THE WASHINGTON POST

The GIST: The Wizards snagged a surprise pick in yesterday’s NBA draft, a rookie matchup awaits for the Washington Football Team (WFT) and the Spirit’s rising stars will earn invaluable international experience. The kids are alright!

🏀With the ninth pick, the Wizards select...: Deni Avdija (pronounced AHV-DEE-YA), out of Israel. Considered a “steal of the draft,” Avdija could make an immediate impact as a playmaker for the Wiz. Welcome to the District!

  • Draft aside, rumors are flying about a potential trade involving John Wall and Houston Rocket Russell Westbrook, but no deal has been struck yet. While Wall hasn’t played in nearly two years, he’s an integral part of the D.C. community and we’d hate to see him go...but also, wouldn’t hate to see Russ in a Wiz jersey, either.

🏈Young talent: The WFT’s contest against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday will feature the top two picks in the 2020 NFL Draft: Bengal quarterback (QB) Joe Burrow and WFT defensive end Chase Young. Not only does Young want to put last week’s rookie mistake behind him, but you better believe he’s hungry to sack his former Ohio State teammate and improve his C+ grade!

  • There’s no denying that QB Alex Smith’s incredible comeback is as heartwarming as Dash & Lily, but Smith has also produced, with consecutive games of 300-plus passing yards. If the WFT kicks their habit of slow starts, a win against the Bengals seems possible.

⚽️Catch the Spirit: The USWNT is back, baby, and two Spirit players are on the squad. Forward Ashley Hatch and goalkeeper Audrey Bledsoe were named to the roster that will play a friendly against the Netherlands’ national team on November 27th. Mark your calendar!