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NBA Draft profile: Andre Drummond

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NBA Draft profile: Andre Drummond

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, Connecticut power forward Andre Drummond. 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.Andre Drummond
ConnecticutDraft Express overall ranking: No. 2HeightWeight: 6-10, 251 lb (pre-combine numbers)Key stats: 10.0 points,7.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks as a freshman in 2011-12.The player: Entered college with tremendous expectations and when you see Drummond's physique, you understand why. Though he will not turn 19 until August, Drummond possesses a man's body right now combined with power and hops. However, he often did not take advantage of his broad build against his thinner and undersized foes on the college level, shying away from the ballon offense at times.Rawer than an old school Eddie Murphy comedy special, Drummond is the true boom or bust pick in the draft.The fit: Be it the Wizards or any NBA team, you never want to turn down interior size, especially when it comes in such a physically imposing package. With Nene able to man the middle and Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Bookerready to gobbleup significant minutes, the Wizards could patiently wait on Drummond's development. Perhaps even send him to the D-League for minutes. By the time Nene (who turns 30 this year) is starting to show true wear and tear, Drummond couldbe ready to step in.The issue: The Wizards just dealt with another physically gifted but questionably motivated big man in JaVale McGee. Hard to imagine management and Randy Wittman want touse whatever time they have to turn this non-playoff ship aroundon another project.Since Drummond is not ready to be acontributor and may not be for another year or two, theWizards may simply be grooming him so he can go play elsewhereonce his rookie contract is up.That would also lead to a similarfinancial debatelike the one that just took place overMcGee.The analysis John Thompson III, Georgetown men's basketball coach (before Hoyas game vs. UConn): Hes physical and hes skilled. Youre not going play against too many people that literally are as big as he is. He has good hands, good feet, he is fast. He has very good basketball instincts. As you look at a package of a big guy, I dont know if there is anything that he cant do.Andy Glockner, SI.com(interview with CSNwashington): "I would not take Andre Drummond for the Wizards just because I think by the time you start to get something out of him youll be faced with a real tough decision as to whether you want to give him a big second contract or not. I dont think hes going to be ready in any way shape or form to be an NBA player in the next year or two. At Connecticut the consistency wasnt there, the effort wasnt there, the explosiveness wasnt there at this point.Draft Express: "On one hand, Drummond's long-term potential is obvious. With his tremendous size, frame, length and mobility, his elite physical tools put him in the same class as NBA centers such as Andrew Bynum, Greg Oden, Dwight Howard and Derrick Favors. On the other hand, Drummond's actual on-court production this season was nowhere near what you would expect from a future NBA lottery pick, at least on the offensive end. He ranks just 76th in points per-40 minutes pace adjusted among the 85 collegiate players in our top-100 prospects ranking, and 47th in PER.The summation: By all accounts theWizards turned the maturity corner following the much-discussedmid-season trade. That's a good thing. Drummond's developmental growth concerns are more about effort than fears of knuckleheaded behavior. Reports this offseason suggest he has gotten himself into better shape before working out for NBA teams. Considering his current gifts, that is a scary proposition.Regardless, the local team is already filled with kids still learning how to play and that includes a couple of large and tall guys already. Since the Wizards' needs exist largely on the perimeter, since the current frontcourt already offers promise and since Drummond's potential is in the future - one that could come after John Wall must make a decision about his own- it takes some extra effort finding the rationale behind makingthe UConn freshman part of thepresent.More draft profilesThomas 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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The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards returned to Washington, D.C. on Friday down 0-2 to the Raptors in their best-of-seven 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series

The team lost a close one in Game 1 and was run out of the building in Game 2. Game 3 was must-win, and the Wizards knew what needed to happen in order for them to secure the victory.

"Everybody eats." 

That's the phrase that has defined the Wizards throughout much of the season They are at their best when John Wall is making players and feeding his teammates.

On Friday night, the Wizards beat the Raptors 122-103 to force at least a Game 5. Wall finished with 28 points and 14 assists.

Bradley Beal finally broke out of his slump for 28 points and  Marcin Gortat, Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre all chipped in with at least 10 points.

But the stat sheet wasn't the only place where everybody eats.

Here's Marcin Gortat from Game 3. 

But if pantomiming isn't your thing, here is Bradley Beal actually eating popcorn during Game 3.

So what did we learn in Game 3? Well, for starters: "Everybody Eats" is not just a motto, it is a way of life.

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With Playoff Beal back, the Wizards are revitalized in playoff series vs. Raptors

With Playoff Beal back, the Wizards are revitalized in playoff series vs. Raptors

The Toronto Raptors were only going to hold Bradley Beal down for so long. After two so-so games to begin the Wizards-Raptors playoff series, the All-Star shooting guard was bound to find his way offensively and that arrival came in a Game 3 win on Friday night.

Beal was brilliant and much more in line with what he's shown in the postseason throughout his career. Game 2 was his worst playoff game as an NBA player, he scored only nine points. Game 3 was one of his best on the postseason stage, or at least one of his most timely and important.

The Wizards needed more from Beal to give themsevles a chance in this series. An 0-3 deficit would have been a death sentence. His production is so key to their success that head coach Scott Brooks and point guard John Wall met with Beal in between Games 2 and 3 to figure out how to get him going.

Whether that was the catalyst or not, the results followed. Beal poured in 28 points in 10-for-19 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and three steals. He hit four threes, more than he had in the first two games combined.

Beal wasted no time to make an impact scoring the ball. His first points came on a quick burst to the basket where he stopped on a dime, turned around and banked it in. By the end of the first quarter, he had 12 points in 11 minutes.

“I just wanted to be aggressive, get shots that I wanted which is what they were going to force me to take," Beal said.

After Game 2, Brooks and Beal described how physical the Raptors were defending him. They were holding on to him and staying close, even when he wasn't moving off the ball.

Brooks saw a difference in how Beal responded to that in Game 3.

"Brad came out and was looking to go towards the basket and not just letting them hold him and going along with it. He didn’t want to dance with his opponent, he wanted to get away from them. That was a critical part of his success," Brooks said.

Beal's 28 points were as much as he scored in Games 1 and 2 together and just about what he averaged through four games against the Raptors during the regular season (28.8). By halftime of Game 3, Beal had 21 points on 8-for-11 from the field.

Beal hit two threes in the first quarter and another two in the second quarter. Several of those threes were set up by Wall, who used the meeting with Brooks and Beal to ask how he can set him up better as the point guard.

In Game 3, they were on the same page.

"I do think this man [John Wall] next to me, he creates and facilitates for the whole team and gets everybody easy shots," Beal said. "I talk to you guys all the time and I can’t tell you the last time I actually got a regular catch and shoot three just in a regular half court set. When he came back, I got like three or four off the bat."

What Beal did in Game 3 is what the Wizards are used to seeing from him this time of the year. Despite being only 24 years old, he has a strong track record in the playoffs.

Through 37 career postseason games, Beal is averaging 22.3 points, more than his career average of 18.7 in the regular season. In each of his previous three postseason runs, he has averaged more points during the playoffs than he did in the regular seasons leading up.

That production has earned him the nickname 'Playoff Beal' and when he goes off like he did in Game 3, good things usually happen. The Wizards are 10-6 in the playoffs during his career when he scores 25 points or more.

Wall also boasts impressive career numbers in the playoffs. When the Wizards have both of their stars playing at their best, they are hard to beat. With peak Beal on board, this series looks a lot different than it did not that long ago.

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