By Bryan Frantz

This Wizards season looks like it could be all kinds of fun.

The hometown team opened the 2017-18 season Wednesday night with a hard-fought, and highly entertaining, 120-115 win against the new-look Philadelphia 76ers, and it was jam-packed with highlights.

First, John Wall dunked all over the Sixers.

Later, Kelly Oubre threw down a violent putback dunk that involved an impressive cock-back and what appeared to be genuine levitation.

But it’s hard to beat this stretch Wall had in the third quarter.

The first act in this episode of the John Wall Show was a sneaky crossover ahead of the key, a lightning-fast drive and a strong finish at the basket with a mid-air adjustment that also drew the foul.

Then, several minutes later, came a block on Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft.

Mere moments later, Wall accelerated like an Italian sports car and went from the 3-point line to the basket for an emphatic dunk in a split second.

John Wall still needs to improve his outside jumper, but aside from that, there’s basically nothing on a basketball court he can’t do. That makes him one of the league’s most watchable players, and a walking highlight reel.

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  1. Gerry Miller says:

    Yeah, all that highlight reel material is fun to watch. And I am pleased that the Wizards have a few otherworldly athletes on their team. But on their own home court, they struggled to beat a team that won only 75 of a possible 368 games over the past 4 seasons. While Oubre and Wall were making some nice highlights, they were also letting guys who were undrafted (e.g., Robert Covington) take lots of open three-point shots. So while a win is a win, I was quite disappoint to see that Brooks and Wall still do not have their team playing good defense.

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