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Beal, Wizards leave Vegas winners

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Beal, Wizards leave Vegas winners

When it comes to Las Vegas, the Wizards are a rarity: they leave town as winners.Washington closed out its summer league sessionwith a 3-2 record following a78-75 comeback win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. For their third straight time the Wizards finished with a winning summer league record.Trailing throughout the game and by double figures for stretches, the Wizards took advantage of a spate of Bucks' turnovers in third and eventually moved ahead 77-75on a pair of Chris Singleton free throws with 2:49 left. For the fourth time in five games, rookie Bradley Beal led the Wizards in scoring, tallying 18 points while Shelvin Mack and Shavlik Randolph each scored 11. Singleton had 10, though the Wizards forward struggled on the other end covering fellow 2011 first rounder Tobias Harris. Jan Vesely rolled his ankle driving to the basket less than two minutes into the first quarter and did not return. After an off game against the Grizzlies on Tuesday, Beal returned to his crafty offensive ways. The rookie guard scored on dribble drives, floaters in the paint with some perimeter shots mixed in,hitting 7 of 13 from the field. The 6-foot-4 Beal also finished with six rebounds and two blocks. Once again Beal looked rather comfortable running the offense if needed, setting up teammates for scoring chanceswhile finding space in the Bucks defense for his own opportunities. During the draft process so much was made of his perimeter shooting, but in Las Vegas much of his offense came off the dribble and drives toward the rim. Playing with a distributing point guard like John Wall and with heady veterans like Nene will help provide better looks. Still, very nice to see Beal can create his own chances - and do so with professional sensibilities - if needed. Maybe everyone knew it was the last game, maybe the Bucks second half turnovers led directly to scoring opportunities, but the Wizards starting five finished with only three assists. Harris, selected No. 19 last season, one slot behind Singleton, led the Bucks (1-1) with 24 points, causing the Wizards forward fits with power moves and mid-range jumpers whil yanking down 12 rebounds. Bucks 2012 first round pick John Henson scored 20 in his summer league debut.. Facing a legitimate NBA frontcourt including former VCU center Larry Sanders and doing so without Vesely for essentially theentire game, the Wizards narrowly lost the rebounding battle (35-33). With 10 rebounds, Randolph finished with his second straight double-double. Tomas Satoransky played only six minutes, finishing with two points and two assists.Washington's part of theVegas on-court experiencemay be over, but more analysis on Beal, Singleton and the othersummer league Wizards to follow.For now, let us know what you thought of the Wizards going out on a high note and their overall play...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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Wizards working out Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo another sign the two sides might be a good fit

Wizards working out Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo another sign the two sides might be a good fit

The University of Kentucky was well-represented at the Wizards' first pre-draft workout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena, as All-Star point guard John Wall sat courtside to watch a young player who could join him next season in Washington.

The Wizards hosted Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo just days after interviewing him at the NBA Combine in Chicago, Ill., another sign the 19-year-old is a legitimate option for their second round pick, set for 44th overall in next month's draft.

Diallo, who is originally from Queens, NY., said he is friends with Wall, as the two have crossed paths due to the Kentucky connection. 

"I feel like he knows what I'm capable of," Diallo said.

He now hopes the Wizards front office understands what he can do. Diallo is a defensive-minded wing who measured 6-foot-6 (with shoes) at the combine and with a 7-foot wingspan. He had the fifth-best max vertical leap at the combine, coming in at 40.5 inches. He was also the 12th-ranked player in the class of 2017 out of high school.

The measurables and pedigree are impressive, but Diallo's potential has yet to be realized. He didn't play a game despite attending Kentucky in the 2016-17 academic year. He tested the NBA Draft waters last summer before returning to Kentucky to average a modest 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds.

Diallo has already worked out for the Chicago Bulls and will meet with plenty more teams, but is currently projected by most mock drafts to be a second round pick. This time he hired an agent and will definitely be making the leap.

"It feels good this year going through it with both feet in. It's been a great process," he said.

The Wizards like Diallo's defensive ability, his speed and awareness in the open floor and his potential to improve as a shooter. Diallo shot 33.8 percent from three on 2.1 attempts per game in the 2017-18 season.

"I hope to show my athleticism and how that plays a big part on the defensive end," Diallo said of his goals in pre-draft workouts.

"[The Wizards] are a team that wants to play fast and they have a fast point guard that needs players to keep up with him. That's what I tried to show in this workout, to show how fast I can play and show how composed I can play."

If the Wizards deem Diallo worth taking a chance on, he would provide a nice fit positionally. Though their second round pick could spend much of next season in the G-League, Diallo plays shooting guard and they have a need behind starter Bradley Beal. 

The Wizards see Tomas Satoransky as a possibility at backup shooting guard and Jodie Meeks is expected to return next season on a player option. But those guys were on the roster in 2017-18 and couldn't fill the void behind Beal, who logged more minutes than all but three players in the league. Meeks is also set to begin the 2018-19 season serving a suspension.

Diallo played at a big-time program and has the athleticism to compete at the NBA level early on. He could help a team improve long-term at guarding the perimeter, an area the Wizards have made strides in but still have a ways to go. That was seen in their playoff series against the Raptors when Toronto averaged 11.0 threes made per game and shot 41 percent.

Though it's early in the draft workout process, the Wizards have made it clear they are interested in Diallo.

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Wizards' second pre-draft workout to feature possible first-round pick, NCAA star

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Wizards' second pre-draft workout to feature possible first-round pick, NCAA star

The Wizards will have some recognizable names at their second pre-draft workout on Wednesday including potential first round pick Aaron Holiday of UCLA, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

Here is the list with some notes on each player...

Aaron Holiday, guard, UCLA (6-1, 185)

The brother of two NBA players (Jrue and Justin), Holiday played three years at UCLA and averaged 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and 1.3 steals as a junior. He also shot 42.9 percent from three on 6.2 attempts per game. He registered a 6-8 wingspan at the NBA Combine.

Potential fit with Wizards: possible first round pick, likely won't be there in second round; would solidify backup point guard position

Devonte' Graham, guard, Kansas (6-2, 175)

The Big 12 player of the year, Graham averaged 17.3 points and 7.2 assists as a senior. He posted a 6-6 wingspan at the combine. His uncle played for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990s.

Potential fit with Wizards: second round pick; would provide backup point guard depth

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, forward, Kansas (6-8, 195)

A big-time three-point shooter, Mykhailiuk shot 44.4 percent from three on 6.6 attempts per game as a senior. He averaged 14.6 points and 3.9 rebounds.

Potential fit with Wizards: second round pick; could be a three-point threat off the bench

Moritz Wagner, center, Michigan (6-11, 241)

Originally from Germany, Wagner was a standout in the NCAA Tournament as the Wolverines went all the way to the final. He averaged 14.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals as a junior. He also shot 39.4 percent from three and measured at nearly 7-feet in shoes at the NBA Combine.

Potential fit with Wizards: second round pick; could develop into a capable stretch-five

Johnathan Williams, forward, Gonzaga (6-9, 225)

Williams began his career at Missouri before transferring. He averaged 13.4 points and 8.5 rebounds as a senior. 

Potential fit with Wizards: undrafted free agent; possible G-League forward

Zach Thomas, SF, Bucknell (6-7, 228)

Thomas was the Patriot League player of the year with averages of 20.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game as a senior. He shot 40 percent from three for his college career.

Potential fit with Wizards: undrafted free agent; possible G-League forward

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