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NBA Draft radar: Thomas Robinson

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NBA Draft radar: Thomas Robinson

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, Kansas power forward and D.C. native Thomas Robinson. 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.Thomas Robinson
KansasDraft Express overall ranking: No. 4HeightWeight: 6-9, 240 lb (pre-combine numbers)Key stats: 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds in 2011-12.The player: After two seasons spent in the shadows of the Morris twins at Kansas, the former Riverdale Baptist star exploded onto the college scene as a junior. The chiseled one used his relentless rebounding and quality low post moves to lead the nation with 27 double-doubles. Finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds against Anthony Davis and Kentucky in the national title game. Became first unanimous AP-All American first team selection since Blake Griffin in 2009. The fit: Nene is proven and still has miles left on his playing odometer, but turns 30 this season. Trevor Booker and Jan Vesely offers hops and energy at power forward, but their collective offense is still largely dunks and put backs. Even factoring in Kevin Seraphins big body, the Wizards do not currently have a dominate rebounder in the mix; last season they ranked 26th in defensive rebounding percentage. Perhaps a full season of Nene - and no season with JaVale McGee - improves the issue in the Wizards minds. Drafting Robinson at three might as well. The issue: The Wizards already have a potentially viable frontcourt. Draft Robinson and thats some serious roster imbalance - and raises questions about Veselys future. By drafting Robinson, the Wizards are counting on filling their perimeter holes in the second round or in free agency. Then there is the matter of whether Robinsons power game works against NBA men. Of course, if as some fear he measures out any less than his listed 6-foot-9, then we have a different issue.The analysis (interviews with CSNwashington)NBA scout: "The Wizards need shooters. The problem with Vesely and Booker and Chris Singleton is they dont make shots. Robinson is a little bit undersized power forward. Hard worker and rebounder, winning attitude. A bit redundant to some degree.SI.com's Andy Glockner: "With three years of college experience and 21 years of age, you would expect coming out of the shoot his rookie year he would be the more productive player on the pro level. He has a very safe floor. His rebounding numbers are going to translate. I think thats the one thing you can be assured of. I think Robinson is going to be a very good pro player. If youre asking me who will be the best player five years down the road, I would think somebody like a Brad Beal or if you really believe in Andre Drummonds physical traits, then somebody like that might be a better upside pro if youre looking for that.Ed Jacobson, NBA Draft Blog: "Not only was he able to step on the court and do a lot of great things (last season), but I dont even think weve seen half of what hes capable of yet. I was probably the first in line of the doubters before this season started on whether he could translate his strength the first two seasons coming off the bench in seven, eight-minute spurts and going full speed. This year, he not only was able to adjust playing more than double the playing time he was used to, he became a legitimate post option on offense and still kept his energy levels up.The summation: Its easy to understand the attraction, for the Wizards or another team. In a seemingly worst-case scenario, Robinsons rebounding and toughness make him a viable rotation player. The fear is that projection may be closer to the ultimate truth unless T-Rob can bully NBA players the way he did the collegians. Considering the Wizards have young bigs and perimeter needs, its also to understand if they pass on the hometown kid.Ben 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 NBA All-Star pregame introductions were, uh, something

The NBA All-Star pregame introductions were, uh, something

Whoever put together the NBA All-Star Game player introductions has some 'splainin to do. 

The NBA introduced a kinda-full Staples Center to their 2018 All-Stars about an hour ago, and boy was it weird. There were a lot of dancers in different themed costumes. Kevin Hart was screaming. Rob Riggle was screaming. Ludacris showed up? Hey! Did you know that the Barenaked Ladies are still a band? The NBA would like you to know they're still around.  The whole thing was like when you're at an art museum and you're told that abstract piece in the corner is actually really meaningful but you gotta be honest, you don't get it. 

Anyways, the internet hated it. Here are some highlights from the internet hating it:

The lesson here is that you never need Kevin Hart and Rob Riggle. One will do. 

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: TV and live stream info, rosters, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Game: TV and live stream info, rosters, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is here with the annual showcase set for Los Angeles.

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

2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

ROSTERS

TEAM LEBRON:

Coach: Dwane Casey, Raptors
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Kevin Durant, Warriors
Kyrie Irving, Celtics
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs
Bradley Beal, Wizards
Goran Dragic, Heat
Andre Drummond, Pistons
Paul George, Thunder
Victor Oladipo, Pacers
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Kemba Walker, Hornets

TEAM STEPHEN:

Coach: Mike D'Antoni, Rockets
Stephen Curry, Warriors
James Harden, Rockets
Joel Embiid, 76ers
DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves
Draymond Green, Warriors
Klay Thompson, Warriors
Al Horford, Celtics
Damian Lillard, Blazers
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

PODCAST: ALL-STAR WEEKEND PREVIEW, WIZARDS AT THE BREAK 

Three things to watch...

New format

The NBA switched it up this season by doing away with the traditional matchup between the East and West. The teams were instead chosen by captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the two top vote-getters in All-Star fan voting. The idea was to breath new life into the All-Star Game and hopefully make it more competitive. The league also installed a system where the winners each get $100,000, $75,000 more than the losing team. 

All pro sports leagues struggle drawing interest with their All-Star showcases. They are always trying to get ratings up and this is the latest ploy by the NBA. The new format is definitely intriguing, but whether it will have a major impact on the competition itself is hard to tell. We'll see how the fans respond.

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Reunion time

The teams picked by James and Curry will give fans some throwback combinations with former teammates back together again. Team LeBron is full of them. James will reunite with Kyrie Irving, who essentially forced his way out of Cleveland over the summer after the two combined to reach three straight NBA Finals and win one title.

We will also see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook play together again. They of course teamed up to win a lot of games with the Oklahoma City Thunder before Durant signed with the Warriors. Westbrook will also be reunited with Victor Oladipo, who was traded from OKC to the Pacers over the summer.

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Beal's All-Star debut

Wizards fans will of course be focused on Bradley Beal, who is making his first All-Star appearance. He is Washington's lone representative, as John Wall is still recovering from left knee surgery.

Beal may not get many minutes on a stacked roster of guys who have been in the game before. If that happens, it's probably for the best. Beal is currently fifth in the NBA in total minutes played. He needs the rest if he can get it.

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