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NBA Draft profile: Bobby Portis

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NBA Draft profile: Bobby Portis

CSNwashington.com's coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft will include profiles of prospects as well as their potential fit on the Wizards. Washington currently owns the 19th and 49th selections.

Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas

6'11" | 246 lbs. | 20 years old

2014-15 stats:

17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 46.7 3-point %, 29.9 minutes

Projection:

10-20

Competition:

Trey Lyles (Kentucky), Kevon Looney (UCLA)

Details

One of six prospects scheduled to workout for the Wizards Monday. ... Left Arkansas after averaging 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds during his sophomore campaign. Capable with post offense, but shines with his face-up game whether from mid-range or deep. Not a volume-shooting 3-point threat with the Razorbacks. That could change based on his percentage from distance from the college line. Offsets modest athleticism with energy and enthusiasm. ... DraftExpress.com ranks Portis 17th among the 2015 class.

They said it

"Portis is a strong, skilled forward with the ability to score inside and out. He’s a very good perimeter defender for his size, as well as a strong rebounder on both ends of the floor, and playing under Mike Anderson at Arkansas has taught him to play hard on every possession." -- Ed Isaacson, Rotoworld.

CSNwashington 5.0 mock draft selection:

15 - Atlanta. Paul Millsap becomes a free agent July . Even if the All-Star forward stays, the Hawks' need better big man options off the bench.

Fit for the Wizards

For starters, the term "stretch-4" is mentioned in connection with Washington more than people use "adorable" when talking about Riley Curry. Portis has the makings of such a player. Even if Drew Gooden and Paul Pierce re-sign, the Wizards need young legs on the defensive end. As for the long-term, guards John Wall and Bradley Beal are building blocks. Small forward Otto Porter's performance late in the campaign gave hope that the former Georgetown standout is as well. The roster lacks a young big man to go with them. Factor in the realistic expectations of providing help next season for the contending Wizards plus an engaging personality and Portis checks off most of the boxes even though he's not a true rim protector. Since other teams ahead of Washington (Atlanta, Utah, Boston, Milwaukee, Houston) are looking for similar players, the biggest concern may be simply whether a trade-up is required.

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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