The Wizards are starting the process of bringing in members of the 2016 NBA Draft class for workouts. Any insight into the prospects and how they could help a Washington roster with possibly 9-10 spots open won't come from seeing the workouts as they are not open for the media this year. However, in some cases, including Wednesday's initial workout, the players will be rather familiar and therefore I'll post some thoughts as we go through the process. First up:
Prospect: Kevin Larsen
College: George Washington
Measurables: 6-foot-10, 273 lbs
Stats: Averaged 12.3 points, team-high 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists.
Strengths: When focused, Larsen turned into a dominant offensive threat for the Colonials, especially during the run to GW's NIT championship. He scored at least 16 points in four of five NIT games including 18 in the title win over Valparaiso. Whether at the low or high post, the offense often ran through the big man, who coach Mike Lonergan the team's best passer for most of his four seasons. Larsen effectively used his sturdy frame to score inside and attack the boards. The Denmark native/Montrose Christian product led the Colonals in 3-point shooting at 47.2% (17 of 36).
Weaknesses: Inconsistencies with his game could be maddening, particulary when the team needed points. Whether a case of being too deferential or not, Larsen had a tendency to disappear at times. The under-the-basket big man is not a great athlete and possesses unimpressive wingspan (measured 6'9" at Portsmouth Invitational) for a center. Never averaged more than 1.0 blocked shot per game. Cited Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and more recently DeMarcus Cousins as his favorite basketball players, a trio few coaches would love.
Outlook: Larsen would be an interesting D-League candidate -- if the Wizards had that option -- and late round pick -- if the NBA would expand beyond two rounds. Strong basketball instincts are hard to come by and he's got that. With some added strength and attitude, there's some junior Nene upside. However, the athletic limitations will hold him back unless he can develop the other parts of hs game. The Wizards need some backups behind starting center Marcin Gortat and could look to add players like Larsen to their summer league roster for a longer look.
The Washington Wizards signed point guard Ramon Sessions to a 10-day free agent contract on Thursday. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizards player...
**Sessions has played for Washington before. He was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline in 2015 and played out the 2014-15 season, appearing in 28 regular season games and 10 more in the playoffs. Sessions then spent the whole 2015-16 season with the team before leaving the following summer to sign a free agent deal with the Charlotte Hornets. In 1 1/2 seasons with the Wizards, Sessions averaged 9.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds. He shot 46 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three.
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**Sessions played one season for the Hornets and spent part of this year with the New York Knicks. The Knicks waived Sessions on Jan. 13. Over the past two seasons in Charlotte and New York, Sessions has averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 37 percent.
**This is Sessions' 11th NBA season. In addition to the Wizards, Hornets and Knicks, he has spent time with the Bucks, Cavs, Lakers and Kings. He began his career in Milwaukee after getting selected in the second round of the 2007 draft.
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**Sessions went to the University of Nevada from 2004 through 2007 and left an impressive legacy as one of the best players in the program's history. The school's practice facility is, in fact, named after Sessions. It is called the 'Ramon Sessions Basketball Performance Center' and Sessions donated $1 million towards construction costs.
**Sessions overlapped with former Wizards player JaVale McGee at Nevada. Sessions was in his final season as a junior when McGee was a freshman. The Wolfpack were quite good that year. They peaked at No. 10 in the nation, the highest ranking in school history, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
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For the Wizards, with a tough stretch coming and with John Wall still sidelined, depth and health is of the utmost importance.
With the team set to begin the second half of the 2018 NBA season on Thursday night against the Cavaliers, Scott Brooks and company decided to make a move to shore up their backcourt depth, a commodity the team cannot have enough of.
Veteran guard Ramon Sessions, who spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in Washington, D.C., has been signed by the Wizards to a ten-day contract, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller confirms.
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The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN . Sessions played in 110 games for the Wizards over the course of his two seasons, playing in all 82 games during the 2015-16 season.
He joins the Wizards again having been waived by the New York Knicks on Jan. 13. Sessions averaged 12.8 mpg in 13 games for the Knicks.
Sessions is rejoining a former team for the third time in his career, having played in Milwaukee and Charlotte on two separate occasions.