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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 35 - Kelly Oubre, Jr. on music, fashion and hecklers


Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 35 - Kelly Oubre, Jr. on music, fashion and hecklers

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast, Kelly Oubre, Jr. joined the show to talk about a lot of stuff off the court. He talked music, dogs, fashion and what fans yell at him on the road. He also gave his reaction to Kevin Durant's recent controversy with fake Twitter accounts.

Chase Hughes was joined by Keely Diven for the rest of the episode to break down media day and the beginning of Wizards training camp.

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Wizards know Sixers' former 1st overall pick Ben Simmons presents unique threat

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Wizards know Sixers' former 1st overall pick Ben Simmons presents unique threat

The Philadelphia 76ers, amazingly, will have not one but two No. 1 overall draft picks making their NBA debuts on Wednesday night when the Wizards host the Sixers in their regular season opener at Capital One Arena.

Markelle Fultz is getting much of the hype and understandably. He was the most recent top pick, is from the D.C. area and the Sixers had to trade up to get him. But Ben Simmons is also ready to debut and the Wizards aren't about to overlook him.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks has already watched some of the limited film available on the 2016 top pick and he likes what he sees.

"He's a problem. He can do a lot of good things on the court. He has great size and strength. His athleticism is off the charts," Brooks said. "He has size, he has length, he has jumping ability. He's going to be a heck of a player for a long time."


Simmons, 21, is 6-foot-10 but has the mobility of a guard. At the NBA Draft Combine in 2016, he recorded a 41 1/2-inch. max vertical leap, equal to Zach LaVine and higher than Aaron Gordon. His agility test time was better than Stephen Curry and Chris Paul.

Athletes like Simmons don't come around often. He's a difficult player to match up with, regardless of his inexperience and reputation as a poor shooter. Size and speed are two things that can't be taught.

Whom the Wizards throw at him will be interesting. Perhaps Kelly Oubre, Jr. or Otto Porter will get the nod. Brooks, though, insists it won't be up to one player.

"We have the versatility on defense where we can match up with different players. That can help us guard players like that. But you're talking about a guy who can put the ball on the floor and get to spaces and spots that normally a 6-10 guy doesn't. Your team defense has to be locked in," Brooks said.

Simmons missed all of last season with a foot injury, but was impressive this preseason. A player who can pass like this at 6-foot-10 is a serious anomaly:


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Wizards still have decision to make on roster before season begins

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Wizards still have decision to make on roster before season begins

Though the Wizards' top 15 players are set after they picked guard Carrick Felix for the final roster spot, they still have a decision to make on which players will join them for the start of the season, Wednesday night against the Sixers. 

The Wizards are considering keeping one of their rookies on two-way contracts for the start of the year. The most likely candidate is forward Michael Young with Devin Robinson still on the mend from a stress fracture in his left foot. 

Under two-way contracts, players are allowed 45 days at the NBA level. Young would spend most of his time this season in the G-League, but could help out early on with Markieff Morris rehabbing from sports hernia surgery. NBC Sports Washington reported this scenario last week.


Head coach Scott Brooks avoided specifics, saying the Wizards could keep both Young or Robinson, or send both to the G-League to start the year.

"I'd like to keep them around, one for sure, maybe a couple of games, just to have them experience some time with us. I don't want to tell you which one," he said.

Robinson, 22, has been out since the start of training camp. He did not appear in any preseason games. Young, 23, played in two and scored one point.

The Wizards have two home games to begin the year before heading out on a road trip out west. They could keep Young with the team before the road trip begins.

Once the 45 days are up on a player's two-way deal, their team then decides if they want to convert the contract into an NBA deal.