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Marcin Gortat on his durability, perception of him among Wizards fans

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Marcin Gortat on his durability, perception of him among Wizards fans

Marcin Gortat has been known to fire back at his critics directly on Twitter and, like most professional athletes, he has some detractors, even within the Wizards fanbase itself. But Gortat knows his value to the Wizards and how well he fits on their roster.

Gortat prides himself on being durable and playing a full season, as he did in 2016-17, is not as easy as it looks. The Wizards big man talked about staying healthy and how fans value him on a recent episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast in a long interview with CSN's Chris Miller:

"'Well, obviously it's always good to hear that, the stuff that people see; the double-doubles and always being able to play. I'm glad people in their position see that. I like that. I definitely appreciate it. But at the end of the day, I feel like people forgot about that: who I am and what I bring to the table. It's funny, obviously nobody from management said it, none of the coaches said it, I just want to make that clear, but there were some fans who said 'oh, his time has come to an end in a Wizards jersey and it's about time to trade him.' But people don't understand that you miss players when you don't have them. I have been in a situation I remember with the Orlando Magic where the coach told me 'don't get too cocky with winning because one day you will see how bad it is to lose games.' I was like 'yeah, yeah, I don't think that's going to happen to me.' Then, all of a sudden, you get traded to the Phoenix Suns and you're going through a [20-win] season and you're one of the worst teams in the league. Then, you all of a sudden you realize 'wow, now I know what he was talking about.'

"I have the same feeling pretty much where I know what I can do, I know what I can bring to the table, especially with the crew that we have and the coaches that we have. I'm going to try to do the same this year: be available for 82 games or at least 82 games and give 110 percent from my tank. If I can come up with another season where I'm one of the top six, seven or eight rebounders in the league, that's going to be great. Obviously, I would still like to add a few blocks to that and a few points, but that depends on what kind of system we're going to have and what kind of role I'm going to have this season."

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

The Washington Wizards hold the 15th and 44th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select...

2018 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jerome Robinson

School: Boston College
Position: Shooting guard
Age: 21
Height: 6-5
Weight: 188
Wingspan: 6-7
Max vertical: N/A

2017/18 stats: 20.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 48.5 FG%, 40.9 3PT% (2.3 3PT/5.7 3PA), 83.0 FT%
Player comparison: Danny Green
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 29th, NBADraft.net 16th, Bleacher Report 19th, Sports Illustrated 17th

5 things to know:

*A three-year player at BC, Robinson developed into a big-time scorer before making the leap to the NBA. He averaged 18.7 points as a sophomore and then 20.7 points as a junior while improving his shooting percentages across the board. He went from 42.3 percent from the field as a sophomore to 48.5 in 2017-18.

*Robinson turned himself into an excellent three-point shooter. After shooting just 33.3 percent as a sophomore, he got that up to 40.9 percent as a junior and on 5.7 attempts per game. That trajectory bodes well for Robinson's chances at the next level.

*He has a quick release on his jumper, giving him the ability to be effective on catch-and-shoot plays off screens. Robinson could develop into a reliable scorer who doesn't need the ball in his hands as a primary focus of the offense. He also showed the ability to throw down some powerful dunks and finish with creativity at the rim. He didn't record a vertical leap at the NBA Combine, but playing above and around the rim didn't appear to be a problem in college.

*Though it didn't show in his last season at Boston College, Robinson was adept at forcing turnovers in his first two years. He averaged 1.6 steals per game across his freshman and sophomore seasons and 16 times in his career had three steals or more in a game.

*Questions for Robinson would include his versatility and speed. Some draft evaluators wonder if he will be able to get separation off the dribble at the NBA level. Also, he put up decent rebounding and assists numbers in college but didn't exactly stand out in either category.

Fit with Wizards: Robinson would give the Wizards depth at the shooting guard position and they need that. He could help Bradley Beal pare down his minutes and offer a scoring punch off the Wizards' bench. The Wizards could use a reliable shooter to help space the floor for Kelly Oubre, Jr. and others in the second unit.

The problems with Robinson's fit would be his lack of positional versatility and what appears to be a relatively low ceiling. He's not the freak athlete that some of his counterparts are at shooting guard. If the Wizards are choosing between Robinson and guys like Zhaire Smith and Lonnie Walker IV, they could view the latter two as more enticing because of their potential. Robinson would represent a safer pick while others could pay off big-time and have a greater impact on the franchise in the long-term.

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Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky

Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State

Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State

Gary Trent, Jr., SG, Duke

Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami

Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, IMG Academy

Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton

Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, Boise State

Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland

Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky

Troy Brown, SG/SF, Oregon

Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova

Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Michigan

Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA

Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes was joined by Nick Ashooh and Stefon Marquis to talk NBA Draft. 

They broke down five prospects and their potential fit with the Wizards: Moe Wagner of Michigan, Michael Porter, Jr. of Missouri, Grayson Allen of Duke, Collin Sexton of Alabama and Omari Spellman of Villanova.

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