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NBA Draft: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist profile

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NBA Draft: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist profile

Should the NBA lottery gods not deem the Wizards worthy of the number one overall pick, which would mean no Anthony Davis.That could also mean Davis' fellow Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist becomes the Wizards' target. In the coming days and weeks I'll offer up my own thoughts on whether the assertive small forward with a developing perimeter game is the right guy for the locals - in general, I like his spirit, but need more convincing he's the shooter they need. Until then, here's a Kidd-Gilchrist profile courtesy of Ed Isaacson from NBADraftblog.com. The post below is a meretaste of Isaacson's extensive report. I have never met Ed, but he's become a valued NBA Draft sounding board on Twitter. In terms of MKG, I'm thinking my overall take could indeed read very similar to this one...Perimeter Offense- If there is a major weakness in Kidd-Gilchrists game; you are immediately drawn to his perimeter shooting. It isnt a matter of just getting shots to fall; his form leaves him little chance of ever being a good shooter without a major change. He does a good job getting square to the basket and he has a high release. However, the motion from catch to release is not smooth at all...If he can correct his form, Kidd-Gilchrist can be a legitimate threat from the perimeter. He uses his dribble well to create space and knows how to use screens well to get good looks.BallhandlingHandsPenetration- Kidd-Gilchrist is an above-average ballhandler for his size, doing a good job with both hands and keeping the ball close to his body and low to the ground. He has a good hesitation move off the dribble and showed a decent crossover and spin move a few times during the season...The key to Kidd-Gilchrists offensive game is his ability to get into the lane. He is agile for his size, but uses his strength to force his way to the basket, and he doesnt shy away from contact. ReboundingPassing- Kidd-Gilchrist is a fantastic offensive rebounder, combining strength with an ability to know where missed shots will go and get to the spot. Fundamentally, he does most of the things you like to see from the top rebounders he uses his body well to create space, goes strong after the ball with his arms extended, and he keeps it high until the area is clear... As a passer, Kidd-Gilchrist is average. Perimeter Defense- Kidd-Gilchrist is a strong perimeter defender, with the ability to guard multiple positions. He positions himself very well, stays low in front of the ball, and has very good lateral movement for his size. His foot speed is good for the college level, but will need to be a bit quicker to guard NBA forwards. Summary & Intangibles - Gauging Kidd-Gilchrists draft range has been one of the more difficult jobs I have had this season. Popular perception has him in the Top 3, but in most cases I disagree with it. Teams picking in the Top 4 or 5, if that is where there record dictates, usually need more than a 3rd option offensively on their team, and in my view, that is what Kidd-Gilchrist will be in the NBA, a great 2nd or 3rd guy, but not a teams top guy or the guy you build your future team around. I think Kidd-Gilchrist will have a very good to great NBA career... Again, popular opinion seems to be he will learn to fix his shot, but that is far from a guarantee, and a big risk to take...While he will probably go in the 2-4 range of the 1st round, smart teams will determine his value to reflect more the 6-10 range.

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2018 NBA Mock Draft: What's changed after the combine

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2018 NBA Mock Draft: What's changed after the combine

Something that used to be a rare occurrence has now happened four years in a row.

The Phoenix Suns had the best odds of winning the NBA lottery, and they did, landing the number one pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. 

Over the last four years, the team with the NBA's worst record has landed that top spot each year. Before this stretch though, dating back to 1985, only four teams that had the worst record still won the lottery.

Nine teams have also jumped at least five spots to get to No. 1 during that period as well.

Now the order is set (until any trades of course) and teams have had a chance to check out many of the top players at the combine.

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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. 

There's also the very intriguing Luka Doncic, who most still believe won't go back to Real Madrid, even with him leaving the door open. 

A few names jumped into the first round since the last mock draft, which is something we always see after the combine. 

As for the Wizards, we know they need an athletic big man, and sitting at pick No. 15, they may just get one, although he brings a lot of mystery. 

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tomas Satoransky

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tomas Satoransky

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tomas Satoransky's season...

Player: Tomas Satoransky

Position: Point guard

Age: 26

2017-18 salary: $3 million

2017-18 stats: 73 G, 22.5 mpg, 7.2 ppg, 3.9 apg, 3.2 rpg, 0.7 spg, 0.2 bpg, 52.3 FG%, 46.5 3P%, 78.1 FT%, 58.5 eFG%, 124 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Best game: 2/10 at Bulls - 25 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 10-for-12 FG, 5-for-6 3PT 

Season review: Following a rookie season where he could never quite earn an extended role in the Wizards' rotation, Tomas Satoransky broke through in his second NBA season and did so when an opportunity was presented due to injury. 

Starting point guard John Wall missed two weeks in December and Satoransky was pushed into the backup role behind Tim Frazier. Satoransky then outplayed Frazier to earn the primary backup role once Wall returned.

Satoransky got an even better chance to shine once Wall missed two months from late January to late March as he stepped in to start a stretch of 27 straight games and 30 of the Wizards' final 34 regular season games. He thrived as a starter, averaging 10.4 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 53.2 percent from the field.

Satoransky was confident and assertive for much of his time as a starter. He found success running the offense and defending tough point guards like Russell Westbrook and Kyle Lowry. The Wizards won 10 of their first 13 games when Wall went down and Satoransky got much of the credit for helping them stay afloat. If he didn't step up, the Wizards may have missed the playoffs.

But Satoransky then had trouble adjusting back to his previous role as a backup. The Wizards signed point guard Ty Lawson and moved Satoransky off the ball. That change appeared to affect Satoransky's aggression on offense. At times, he played timid and the coaching staff went away from him for much of their playoff series against the Raptors.

Satoransky may have to get used to an evolving place in the Wizards' rotation. Though he is most comfortable at point guard, the Wizards see him as much more than a floor general. They want him to play shooting guard and small forward.

Now that Satoransky has more experience at those positions at the NBA level, perhaps he can put it all together and find consistency next season, his third in the NBA and his last under contract with the Wizards.

Potential to improve: Shooting off dribble, aggressiveness, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

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