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Former NBA tough guy Stephen Jackson admires Wizards' edge and toughness

Former NBA tough guy Stephen Jackson admires Wizards' edge and toughness

A familiar face walked into the Wizards' locker room after their 121-102 win over the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday night. Wearing a John Wall jersey, in walked former NBA player Stephen Jackson. Markieff Morris spotted him and yelled across the room: "what's up OG?"

Jackson, a notorious NBA tough guy through 14 seasons in the league, is a big fan of the 2016-17 Wizards, it turns out. Jackson sees an old school team that talks trash and plays with toughness. Naturally, he likes that.

"I wish I was playing for them," he told CSN. "They play with that edge. They've got guys on the team that play for each other and you don't have that a lot in the NBA."

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Jackson said he's long been a fan of head coach Scott Brooks and he considers Wall to be a "little brother." He's also a big fan of Morris, who has taken the lead at times when it comes to talking and physical play.

"I know John and Beal love having him on the team," he said. "You need a tough guy. He's a guy that's going to put his body on the line for his teammates and stand up for his teammates."

Jackson said the Wizards resemble a team he used to play on.

"They kind of remind me of my Golden State team," he said.

That would be the Baron Davis-led Warriors who also boasted plenty of guys who loved to mix it up with other teams like Jackson, Matt Barnes and Al Harrington. Now, in the Wizards, he sees a team he can root for.

[RELATED: True to his word, Morris warms up in 'Death Row D.C.' shirt]

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

The Washington Wizards selected international prospect Issuf Sanon with the 44th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Like Wizards first round pick Troy Brown, Sanon is just 18 years old and does not turn 19 until Oct. 30. President of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said that Sanon is a draft-and-stash prospect and will play at least the following year for Olimpija, a professional team in Slovenia.

Here’s what you need to know about Sanon:

Height: 6-4

Weight: 172

2017-18 stats: 20.5 mpg, 6.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.2 bpg, 42.9 FG%, 28.3 3PT%, 50 FT%

*Sanon is a defensive-minded combo guard that is not expected to be ready for the next few years. However, he thrived defensively, allowing just 0.471 points per isolation possession, according to the NBA. That ranks in the 92nd percentile. In the past two seasons in Ukraine’s second division, Sanon averaged 4.6 steals per game.

*While playing in the 2017 U-18 Euros for the Ukrainian National team last summer, Sanon broke out, averaging 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game. 

*During the middle of the 2017-18 season, Sanon changed teams. He moved from Ukraine’s Dnipro to the more competitive Olimpija in Slovenia.

*The biggest area of improvement for Sanon is developing his offensive game further. While he is just 18 and very raw, Sanon’s numbers have dipped since his move to Olimpija, especially shooting wise. Sanon’s strength comes in transition and his 6-4 frame helps him when slashing to the rim.

*Though he will not play for the Wizards anytime soon, he will come to the United States and play on the Wizards’ Summer League team.