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NBA Draft profile: Henry Sims


NBA Draft profile: Henry Sims

Later this month the Washington Wizards will take part in the 2012 NBA draft. Currently the owner of picks 3 and 32, the franchise could go in almost any direction with those selections. The prevailing belief is that even afterWednesday's tradeforsmall forward Trevor Ariza - plus center Emeka Okafor - upgrading the team's perimeter weapons remainsa must this offseason. Few would knock more interior help even with the intriguing core of Nene, Okafor 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. Seeing as he worked out for the Wizards on Thursday, up next is Georgetown center Henry Sims.

Check below for a running of list of all our draft profiles. More to come before the June 28 draft in Newark.Henry Sims
GeorgetownDraft Express overall ranking: No. 65HeightWeight: 6-11, 241 lbsKey stats: 11.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks during the 2011-12 seasonThe player: After slumbering through his first three seasons at Georgetown, thehigh-IQ big man awoke for a productive and at times standoutsenior campaignfor the Hoyas. Known as a heady passer from the high or low post - he led the Hoyas with 3.5 assists per game-, Sims showed off an array of scoring moves from those spots as well.Defensively and on the boards, the near 7-footer from Baltimore uses his impressive wingspan to cover up for not being the most athletic of frontcourt options.
The fit:Obviously the Wizards frontcourt just became a little more crowded this week, but you can never haveenough height. Plus,both Emeka Okafor and Nene havemissed stretches of games in recent years with injuries. Sims' passing mentality could makefor a nice fit in the middle off the offense especially if the Wizards bring players with a scoring knack (Jordan Crawford, Kevin Seraphin) off the bench.Also no issues froma team chemistry standpoint with the gregarious and big smiling big man.Sims on Sims(quotesfollowing Thursday's workout):(On what he hopes to show teams during the lengthy workout process): "That was in shape, that I can shoot the ball, that I can make plays."(On being afforded the opportunity to work out for teams): "It feels good to be in this position. If this had been two years ago, this wouldn't be the case. I think this is a testament to my hard work." (On specific feedback from teams): "My ability to make plays. A lot of people saw the Princeton offense. They thought it was just the offense that I was able to do that. But I can make plays, I can put the ball on the floor outside the offense. I can do a lot of things our offense didn't allow."(On his passing ability helping him standout among the prospects): "It's definitely a skill coaches like. It's definitely a skill I embrace as well, cause I like to pass the ball, I like to be a facilitator."(On what he's hearing about his draft range): :I'm not asking. We won't know until next Thursday."The analysis:NBA scout, as told to CSNwashington: "Ill give Henry Sims credit; I didnt think he could play at all up until this past season. He really improved like 100 percent over what I saw over the last couple of years. He was clumsy, unorthodox. This year he really settled into that post position. Played well, great passer. Maybe he can sneak into the second round, but I didnt think he would be a prospect at all before this year."The summation: For those prospects lackingthe high upside teams covet, being strong in at least one area is crucial. Sims' passing will get him notice and at least one analyst calls him a "sleeper" and a "potential second-round steal".Even though the Wizardsfrontcourt is now a crowded group, adding size and skillis never a bad thing. More draft profilesKris JosephTomas SatoranskyBradley BealMichael Kidd-GilchristDarius MillerFestus EzeliJeremy LambAndre 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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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!