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Wizards 2017 NBA Draft prospect profile: PG Kobi Simmons, Arizona

Wizards 2017 NBA Draft prospect profile: PG Kobi Simmons, Arizona

The Washington Wizards hold the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Who will they take? Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select. Check back for more as we continue to get closer to the draft...

Name: Kobi Simmons
School: Arizona
Position: Point guard
Age: 19 (turns 20 on 7/4)
Height: 6-5
Weight: 166
2016/17 stats: 8.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.7 FG%, 32.7 3PT% (1.9 3P/2.4 3PA), 71.3 FT%
Projections: DraftExpress 60th, NBADraft.net 60th

5 things to know:

*Simmons has sky-high potential as a young point guard with excellent size and athleticism. He recorded a 38 1/2-inch max vertical at the combine and threw down some vicious dunks this past season for the Wildcats. With his height and speed, he has the potential to be a very good NBA player, but he remains a raw prospect. Also, he weighs just 166 pounds, which means he needs to put on some muscle or else he will get pushed around by bigger guards.

*Shooting appears to be a significant weakness for Simmons at this stage. He shot just 39.7 percent from the field in college and 32.7 percent from three. His 77.5 percent from the free throw line suggests he could improve those numbers, but his lack of shooting efficiency will no doubt hurt him among NBA talent evaluators.

*Simmons had a big dropoff in playing time down the stretch of Arizona's season. That was affected in part by Alonzo Trier's return from a suspension, but Simmons basically disappeared in Sean Miller's rotation. He averaged just 6.1 minutes per game in Arizona's final seven, including their NCAA Tournament run. The minutes decrease hurt his numbers. Through his first 15 games, Simmons averaged 12.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and 34.1 percent from three. In his last 22 games he averaged just 6.2 points on 35.5 percent shooting and 31.5 percent from three.

*A point guard in high school, Simmons played a lot at shooting guard in college. That said, he sees himself as a point guard at the NBA level. He recently told the Arizona Daily Star that he is "definitely a point guard."

*Simmons was a five-star recruit out of Atlanta, Ga., ranked the 20th-best prospect in the 2016 class and a McDonald's All-American. He then lived up to the hype, at least initially, with 18 points against No. 12 Michigan in his college debut. 

Fit with Wizards: The Wizards could use help at the backup guard position and Simmons checks off that box. He is very athletic, but appears to be a long-term project at this point. Perhaps Scott Brooks sees some Reggie Jackson in him and is willing to take the time to develop him. That could pay off down the road, but it doesn't look like Simmons could help immediately for a team that is looking to win now.

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

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

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. CHARLOTTE HORNETS

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

On a roll

The Wizards have some serious momentum going right now. With an impressive win over the Cavs on Thursday, they have now won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall went down with a left knee injury. They had a week off due to the All-Star break, but didn't show any rust at all in their first game back.

The Wizards are now 34-24, 10 games above the .500 mark. They are fourth in the East and could move into third on Friday if they win and the Cavaliers lose. Even with Wall out, things continue to look up for Washington.

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Hornets have had their number

The Wizards haven't done so well against the Hornets so far this season. Charlotte has taken both meetings and that includes a 24-point win on Jan. 17. That game featured Dwight Howard taunting the Wizards late in the fourth quarter.

Howard has killed the Wizards through two games with averages of 22.0 points and 14.0 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb (20.0 ppg vs. Wizards) has been a big factor as well as All-Star Kemba Walker (21.5 ppg vs. Wizards).

The last time these teams played about a month ago frustrations boiled over in an incident that got Tim Frazier ejected. Michael Carter-Williams picked a fight with Jason Smith and Frazier went off:

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Hornets coming in hot

The Hornets are outside the playoff picture at the moment at eight games below .500, but they have won two straight games and Walker and Howard are coming off huge games. In a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, Walker dropped 31 points and Howard grabbed 24 rebounds.

Those guys will be riding a high coming into Washington on Friday. But it should be noted that Howard complained after the game how tired he is at this point in the season. That exhausion could affect him more in the second game of a back-to-back.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 110-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night...

1. The Wizards didn't start out well, as they trailed by nine points at the end of the first quarter. Kelly Oubre, Jr. stumbled early by missing four of his first six shots and it looked like a carryover of his slump before the All-Star break.

But Oubre got hot in the second quarter and helped the Wizards turn the game around. This was one of his best plays, a two-handed slam that he celebrated with an emphatic scream to the crowd:

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2. Tomas Satoransky was one of the stars of the game. He had 17 points to go along with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. 

Here's one of his dimes, a perfect alley-oop lob to Markieff Morris, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds:

3. Satoransky has reached double-figures in six of the 10 games since John Wall went out with an injury. This was a very impressive move, a stepback fadeaway that was super smooth:

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4. Ian Mahinmi made some key contributions including four offensive rebounds and a steal. This was his best basket, a powerful slam that came at a key time:

5. This play helped seal the victory. It was a smart after-timeout set drawn up by head coach Scott Brooks and it worked to perfection:

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