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Could Lamb satisfy the Wizards' wing craving?


Could Lamb satisfy the Wizards' wing craving?

Later this month the Washington Wizards will take part in the 2012 NBA draft. Currently the owner of picks 3, 32 and 46, the franchise could go in almost any direction with those selections. The prevailing belief is upgrading the team's perimeter weapons and small forwardwing guard depth is a must this offseason, but few would knock more interior help even with the intriguing core of Nene and kids. Between now and the draft, were going to identify some of the players the Wizards might target in both the first and second round. Up next in a trade down scenario - Connecticut shooting guard Jeremy Lamb. Check below for a running of list of all our draft profiles. Also, note the NBA draft combine will take place June 7-8 in Chicago and the draft will be held on June 28 in Newark.Jeremy Lamb
ConnecticutDraft Express overall ranking: No. 10HeightWeight: 6-5, 185 lb (pre-combine numbers)Key stats: 17.7 points as a sophomore in 2011-12; averaged 16.2 points and shot 69.2 percent (36-52) percent from the field during 2011 NCAA Tournament.The player: Silky smooth perfectly describes the 19-year-old wing guards game, which includes touch from distance, offensive versatility and smart use of his athletic gifts. Lamb gained notice as a freshman for his shooting prowess during UConns title run and after Kemba Walker turned pro, he took on a larger scoring role last season. Has ideal size for the two-guard spot and go-go gadget arms to boot. The overall package includes a placid demeanor, which makes it difficult at times to gauge Lambs level of competitiveness.The fit: Adding size, scoring and most of all shooting to their backcourt mix is a must for the Wizards and Lamb possesses all three attributes. The quiet nature and off-the-ball aspects of his game should blend nicely if paired with the athletically gifted John Wall and the never lacking for confidence Jordan Crawford. Though rather young, Lambs been through plenty during his two years playing for a UConn program that tasted both extreme highs and lows. Unless he blows away the Wizards decision-makers at some point during the workout process, likely would not land in D.C. unless Washington trades down in the first round, perhaps in the 7-13 range.The issue: Team chemistry gone bad punctuated Connecticuts 2011-12 campaign as new players joined those learning new positions and the formula led to frequent on-court dysfunction. Lambs game at time suffered. His laid-back manner led to frequent disappearing acts as others commandeered the offense. At other times, the Georgia native hoisted up ill-advised shots (33 percent on 3-point attempts) as if he feared it could be his last. Based on his freshman season, you can probably chalk up the basketball indiscretions to what was going on with the team but Lambs expressionless visage offered few clues. The analysis Rob Dauster, Pro Basketball Talk (interview with CSNwashington): "I think his game works very well at the next level. Hes good at coming off screens. Hes a really a good shooter. Has the length and athleticism you look for, can be a playmaker defensively. Has a good mid-range game, hits a lot of floaters. The concern I have is hes not all the demanding of the ball. Kind of wanted to see him be less passive on the court (last season). Thats kind of part of who is. Thats not necessarily a bad thing, but its definitely a concern given how much UConn struggled last year and he didnt really step up and fill the leadership void that Kemba Walker leftDraft Express: "While Lamb did show progress in some areas as a sophomore and was UConns leading scorer, his team's disappointing season will likely be a concern to scouts, as Connecticut's team chemistry appeared to be very poor. Lamb didn't do much to alleviate some of the questions we've outlined previously regarding his questionable shot selection and passive demeanor on the court. From a physical standpoint, Lamb has nice size for an NBA shooting prospect at 6-5, which he combines with a freakishly long wingspan, smooth athleticism and solid explosiveness.The summation: The summation: Lamb ranks behind Floridas Bradley Beal and North Carolinas Harrison Barnes among the shooting wing options in this draft. How much of that is based on skill and upside versus Lambs play in an awkward situation is the question for scouts. If the Wizards believe the UConn guards understated game is simply being overlooked and some team is willing to make a trade down worth their while (especially if that means taking on Rashard Lewis or Andray Blatches contract) maybe Lamb joins the Verizon Center denizens. Based on his dazzling performance in the building during the first two games of the 2011 NCAA Tourney, we know he likes the place.More draft profilesAndre DrummondThomas RobinsonHarrison BarnesBen Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.net, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalist.

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Wizards vs. Pacers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Pacers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner, Bojan Bogdanovic and the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Season series on the line

The Wizards and Pacers square off for the third and final time this season on Saturday night and the game will represent the tiebreaker for the season series. The Wizards beat the Pacers in their first meeting on Feb. 5 and Indiana then got even on March 4. The first game did not feature Victor Oladipo. John Wall didn't play in either of them.

Whichever team wins on Saturday night will own the playoff tiebreaker, meaning that team will get the better seed in the even they finish with the same regular season record. Right now only one game separates the teams, so that could definitely come into play. With a win over the Pacers, the Wizards could also move into third place in the East. They would tie the Pacers by record and own the head-to-head series. The one variable there is the Cavs play the Bulls on Saturday. If they win and the Pacers lose, the Cavs will be in third.


Wizards have been struggling

The Wizards won their last game on the road against the Celtics, but have lost five of their last eight overall. They remain in good shape in the big picture, but could use some positive momentum. A win over the Pacers would certainly give them that with three off days awaiting on the other end before they head out to San Antonio to face the Spurs.

Defense has been the problem. During this eight-game stretch, they have allowed the second-most points in the paint per game (53.8), the ninth-most points per game (111.0) overall and the fourth-highest opponents shooting percentage (49.3). 


Pacers are tough

The Pacers may be missing two of their best big men on Saturday as Domantas Sabonis has been ruled out and Myles Turner is questionable. Both are nursing sprained left ankles. That bodes well for the Wizards' defense in the paint, but Indiana still has plenty of firepower.

Oladipo is having a terrific season with averages of 23.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game. There's also Bojan Bogdanovic, a former Wizards player who is averaging 14.0 points and shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from three this year. Bogdanovic has scored 20 points or more in each of his games against the Wizards this season. The Pacers as a team have won six of their last eight.


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Ramon Sessions signs with Wizards for rest of season, giving them long-term insurance for John Wall

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Ramon Sessions signs with Wizards for rest of season, giving them long-term insurance for John Wall

The Wizards have signed point guard Ramon Sessions for the rest of the 2017-18 season following the expiration of his second 10-day contract, NBC Sports Washington has confirmed.

Sessions, 31, has played in five games for the Wizards this season with averages of 7.2 points and 3.4 assists. He spent 13 games with the Knicks previously this season before first signing with the Wizards on Feb. 23. He signed his second 10-day contract on March 5.

The Wizards were only permitted to sign Sessions to two consecutive 10-day contracts per league rules. They had to decided at the end of the second deal whether to sign him for the rest of the season or release him to free agency.

"His reputation is amazing and rightfully so. He showed me and the staff that he comes and does his job every day," head coach Scott Brooks said. "He was more than deserving of the opportunity to stay here all year."


Sessions is eligible for their playoff roster if they do indeed make the postseason, as he was let go by New York before March 1. That was always going to be a consideration in their plans at the end of his second 10-day contract. If they were to go out and get someone else, the March 1 deadline would come back into play.

Sessions gives the Wizards depth at the point guard position along with Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier, who have collectively held down the fort with John Wall out recovering from left knee surgery. By keeping Sessions, the Wizards have another backup plan in place.

Brooks said on Friday that Wall will be placed back into the starting lineup immediately when he's ready to return. That was expected and it will have a domino effect on Sessions and the other guards once he is back. The minutes may dry up completely for Sessions, a 10-year NBA journeyman.

"You're gonna have guys that are going to have to be good teammates," Brooks said, suggesting the playing time would go away. "Sacrificing is a big part of this league."


Satoransky will be the primary backup to Wall and Sessions may be out of minutes alongside Frazier. Brooks did, however, note that Satoransky could spend time at shooting guard and small forward. That could theoretically open the door for Sessions or Frazier to get playing time.

Whether Sessions plays or not, he's happy to be in the fold. Though he often said the uncertainty of the 10-day deal didn't weight on him, he admitted on Friday that it wasn't easy to navigate.

"This was my first time doing a 10-day and those were probably the longest 20 days I've been a part of in the NBA," he said. "I'm just excited to be back here. D.C. is my home." 

The news was first reported by the Washington Post.

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