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2018 NBA Mock Draft: 5.0

2018 NBA Mock Draft: 5.0

We're closing in on the 2018 NBA Draft, which means there's now a combination of misinformation, rumors, changing opinions, and heavy debate. 

Some have to decide if the risks of past injuries are worth overlooking (Michael Porter Jr.).

Others near the top will have to figure out if Luka Doncic is making his way over here next year, or waiting, or just figure out whether it matters to them or not either way.

Plus, there's the tempting comparison of Trae Young to Steph Curry. Could that make a team reach?


This draft is loaded with big man prospects too, from DeAndre Ayton, Jaren Jackson Jr., Marvin Bagley, and Mohamed Bamba, along with countless others likely going in the top-14. 

This could be the draft we look back on as the one that brought back the big man to the NBA.

Of course, these are very different players from what we had when giants like Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, and Hakeem Olajuwon dominated the paint.

A few names jumped into the first round since the last mock draft, which is something we always see after the combine and into the endless workouts and interviews leading up to the final night. 

As for the Wizards, we know they need an athletic big man, but that's not their only need. With the way things may work out before No. 15, they may have to consider a Plan B.

Ernie Grunfeld will just have to decide what their biggest need is when they're on the clock. 


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Wizards to host several possible first round picks in pre-draft workout

Wizards to host several possible first round picks in pre-draft workout

The Wizards will continue their pre-draft workout process on Monday at Capital One Arena after spending the last two weeks at agent-held workouts in L.A. and Chicago and some time overseas at the NBA's international combine in Italy. T

he latest group has three players who could be first round picks and one who is likely to fall within the Wizards' range.

Here is the list of players with some notes on each...

Jaylen Adams, PG, St. Bonaventure (6-2, 190)

The Atlantic-10 player of the year, Adams averaged 19.1 points as a senior for the Bonnies. He is originally from Baltimore, Md. and his dad played football for the Terps.

Potential fit with Wizards: Adams is a good candidate for the Wizards' Summer and G-League teams.

Troy Brown, Jr., SF, Oregon (6-7, 215)

Brown is projected to go in the late first round in some mocks. He averaged 11.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in his lone season at Oregon. His sister played basketball at Kansas and both of his parents are state correction officers in Nevada.

Potential fit with Wizards: Brown could add small forward depth as a backup behind Kelly Oubre, Jr.

Angel Delgado, C, Seton Hall (6-10, 245)

Delgado was a four-year player who averaged 13.6 points and 11.8 rebounds as a senior. He is not expected to be drafted.

Potential fit with Wizards: As an undrafted free agent for the Summer League team.

Alan Herndon, PF, Wyoming (6-9, 210)

A four-year player, Herndon averaged 11.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks as a senior. He also shot 35.9 percent from three on 4.0 attempts per game in his last two seasons. His father is one of the best players in VMI's basketball history.

Potential fit with Wizards: Herndon isn't expected to be drafted, so he's a candidate for the Summer League or G-League.

Elie Okobo, PG, France (6-2, 180)

Okobo is a possible first round pick as a combo guard who has potential to be a dynamic scorer. He turns 21 in October.

Potential fit with Wizards: Okobo is a possible second round pick for the Wizards if he falls. Right now it would seem like a reach at No. 15.

Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech (6-5, 195)

A freak athlete who might be the best dunker in this class, Smith has a very high ceiling particularly on defense. He averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks as a freshman. He also shot 45 percent from three, albeit on 1.1 attempts per game. Smith is the best player the Wizards have worked out so far.

Potential fit with Wizards: A strong candidate for their No. 15 pick. Smith would give them depth at shooting guard and defense on the perimeter.

For more on Smith, check out our extensive draft profile of him.




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Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Kentucky's Diallo, UMBC's upset hero


Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Kentucky's Diallo, UMBC's upset hero

The Washington Wizards will hold their first pre-draft workout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena and the group of six players features some familiar names. 

Included in the mix is guard Jairus Lyles, who starred for the Unversity of Maryland-Baltimore County and helped lead them as a 16-seed over top-ranked Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first 16-over-a-1 upset in the tournament's history.

Here are the six players with some notes on each one...

Chris Chiozza, guard, Florida (6-0, 175)

Chiozza played four years at Florida and finished as the school's all-time assists leader. He averaged 11.1 points, 6.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game as a senior.

Potential fit with Wizards: undrafted free agent, G-League prospect

Hamidou Diallo, guard, Kentucky (6-5, 198)

Diallo redshirted in 2016-17 and played one season for the Wildcats. He averaged 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. Diallo measured 6-foot-6 with shoes at the combine and boasts a 7-foot wingspan.

Potential fit with Wizards: second round pick, backup shooting guard

Tiwian Kendley, guard, Morgan State (6-5, 190)

Kendly was a big-time scorer at Morgan St., averaging 21.0 points as a redshirt junior and 26.1 points as a senior. He took a lot of shots, however, averaging 18.2 field goal attempts on 45.3 percent from the field this past season. Kendley starred at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland before joining the college ranks, first at Lamar Community College.

Potential fit with Wizards: undrafted free agent, G-League prospect

Jairus Lyles, guard, UMBC (6-2, 175)

Lyles was the leading scorer for the Retrievers this past season as they became the biggest underdog Cinderella in NCAA history, defeating the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 20.2 points and shot 39.0 percent from three on 6.1 attempts. Lyles began his college career at VCU and played high school ball at nearby DeMatha.

Potential fit with Wizards: undrafted free agent, G-League prospect

Doral Moore, center, Wake Forest (7-1, 280)

A three-year player at Wake Forest, Moore had a breakout season as a junior with averages of 11.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Moore played with Sixers star Ben Simmons in high school.

Potential fit with Wizards: undrafted free agent, G-League prospect

Ray Spalding, forward, Louisville (6-10, 215)

Spalding played three years at Louisville and averaged 12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals per game as a junior. He posted a 7-5 wingspan at the NBA Combine. Spalding played with Jazz star Donovan Mitchell in college. 

Potential fit with Wizards: undrafted free agent, G-League prospect

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