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NBA Draft profile: Henry Sims

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NBA Draft profile: Henry Sims

Later this month the Washington Wizards will take part in the 2012 NBA draft. Currently the owner of picks 3 and 32, the franchise could go in almost any direction with those selections. The prevailing belief is that even afterWednesday's tradeforsmall forward Trevor Ariza - plus center Emeka Okafor - upgrading the team's perimeter weapons remainsa must this offseason. Few would knock more interior help even with the intriguing core of Nene, Okafor and kids.

Between now and the draft, were going to identify some of the players the Wizards might target in both the first and second round. Seeing as he worked out for the Wizards on Thursday, up next is Georgetown center Henry Sims.

Check below for a running of list of all our draft profiles. More to come before the June 28 draft in Newark.Henry Sims
GeorgetownDraft Express overall ranking: No. 65HeightWeight: 6-11, 241 lbsKey stats: 11.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks during the 2011-12 seasonThe player: After slumbering through his first three seasons at Georgetown, thehigh-IQ big man awoke for a productive and at times standoutsenior campaignfor the Hoyas. Known as a heady passer from the high or low post - he led the Hoyas with 3.5 assists per game-, Sims showed off an array of scoring moves from those spots as well.Defensively and on the boards, the near 7-footer from Baltimore uses his impressive wingspan to cover up for not being the most athletic of frontcourt options.
The fit:Obviously the Wizards frontcourt just became a little more crowded this week, but you can never haveenough height. Plus,both Emeka Okafor and Nene havemissed stretches of games in recent years with injuries. Sims' passing mentality could makefor a nice fit in the middle off the offense especially if the Wizards bring players with a scoring knack (Jordan Crawford, Kevin Seraphin) off the bench.Also no issues froma team chemistry standpoint with the gregarious and big smiling big man.Sims on Sims(quotesfollowing Thursday's workout):(On what he hopes to show teams during the lengthy workout process): "That was in shape, that I can shoot the ball, that I can make plays."(On being afforded the opportunity to work out for teams): "It feels good to be in this position. If this had been two years ago, this wouldn't be the case. I think this is a testament to my hard work." (On specific feedback from teams): "My ability to make plays. A lot of people saw the Princeton offense. They thought it was just the offense that I was able to do that. But I can make plays, I can put the ball on the floor outside the offense. I can do a lot of things our offense didn't allow."(On his passing ability helping him standout among the prospects): "It's definitely a skill coaches like. It's definitely a skill I embrace as well, cause I like to pass the ball, I like to be a facilitator."(On what he's hearing about his draft range): :I'm not asking. We won't know until next Thursday."The analysis:NBA scout, as told to CSNwashington: "Ill give Henry Sims credit; I didnt think he could play at all up until this past season. He really improved like 100 percent over what I saw over the last couple of years. He was clumsy, unorthodox. This year he really settled into that post position. Played well, great passer. Maybe he can sneak into the second round, but I didnt think he would be a prospect at all before this year."The summation: For those prospects lackingthe high upside teams covet, being strong in at least one area is crucial. Sims' passing will get him notice and at least one analyst calls him a "sleeper" and a "potential second-round steal".Even though the Wizardsfrontcourt is now a crowded group, adding size and skillis never a bad thing. More draft profilesKris JosephTomas SatoranskyBradley BealMichael Kidd-GilchristDarius MillerFestus EzeliJeremy LambAndre DrummondThomas RobinsonHarrison BarnesBen 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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NBA offseason grades: Wizards, Magic highlight Southeast Division

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NBA offseason grades: Wizards, Magic highlight Southeast Division

Here is a look at how the 2018 NBA offseason went for teams in the Southeast Division...

Washington Wizards, B+

2017-18 finish: 43-39, 1st round of playoffs
In: C Dwight Howard, G Austin Rivers, G Troy Brown, Jr., F Jeff Green, C Thomas Bryant
Out: C Marcin Gortat, F Mike Scott, G Ty Lawson, G Tim Frazier, G Ramon Sessions, F Chris McCullough

Given the circumstances of their salary cap situation, the Wizards did quite well for themselves this summer. They shook things up by trading Gortat and actually got something solid back for him in Rivers. They then filled Gortat's spot with an eight-time All-Star in Howard and did so at a bargain price, the taxpayer mid-level exception. They also added Green at a nice price and Brown, who acquitted himself nicely in the Summer League. Whether the Wizards made a major leap forward is debatable, but the potential is there for them to re-install themselves as contenders in the East. The possibility things go wrong is also there, but all in all, a strong summer for the Wizards.

Atlanta Hawks, B

2017-18 finish: 24-58, missed playoffs
In: G Jeremy Lin, C Alex Len, G Trae Young, G Vince Carter, G Kevin Huerter, F Justin Anderson, F Omari Spellman
Out: G Dennis Schroeder, C Mike Muscala, C Dewayne Dedmon, G Malcolm Delaney, G Isaiah Tayor

The Hawks did a nice job with the draft by picking up an extra first round pick just to move back two spots (from third to fifth) in their trade with the Mavericks. They added Young with the fifth pick and then got Huerter later on at No. 18. The Len signing at two years and $8.5 million looks like a bargain and they added a nice mix of veteran free agents and young players to develop. It will probably be a few years before the Hawks are back in the playoffs, but they seemed to take a step forward this summer.

Miami Heat, D

2017-18 finish: 44-38, 1st round of playoffs
In: F Duncan Robinson
Out: G Dwyane Wade, G Wayne Ellington, F Luke Babbitt

The Heat had one of the least impactful summers of any team in the NBA. The biggest addition they have so far, and this is true, is Robinson. They didn't make any draft picks and struck out in free agency. What they did do is let go of Wade, Ellington and others. The only way the Heat improve year-over-year is if their young guys like Bam Adebayo or Justise Winslow take a big step forward. 

Charlotte Hornets, C+

2017-18 finish: 36-46, missed playoffs
In: C Bismack Biyombo, F Miles Bridges, G Devonte' Graham
Out: C Dwight Howard, G Michael Carter-Williams, G Treveon Graham

New Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak quickly turned the franchise into a different direction this offseason by trading Howard to the Nets. They then added Biyombo in a deal with the Magic and acquired Bridges through the draft. There isn't a lot to love or hate about the Hornets' offseason, so they fall in the middle of the grading scale. The real question now is what they do with Kemba Walker, who has just one year left on his contract.

Orlando Magic, B+

2017-18 finish: 25-57, missed playoffs
In: C Mohamed Bamba, C Timofey Mozgov, F Justin Jackson, F Jarell Martin, G Jerian Grant
Out: G Mario Hezonja, C Marreese Speights, G Arron Aflalo

The Magic had a strong summer. The re-signed forward Aaron Gordon, a rising young player, and drafted Bamba, who has the tools to become an All-Star and a dominant defensive force. They had some questionable moves, like trading for Mozgov, but the future looks a lot brighter for the Magic than it did just a few months ago.

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Familiarity for coach and GM should allow Capital City Go-Go to hit ground running

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Familiarity for coach and GM should allow Capital City Go-Go to hit ground running

Despite being a brand new franchise with a new roster and new facilities, the Capital City Go-Go will carry into their inaugural season a level of continuity. Both their general manager and head coach are familiar with what they are getting into and the people they will be working with.

GM Pops Mensah-Bonsu is no stranger to the D.C. community and the Wizards franchise. He made a name for himself starring at George Washington University, spent time with the Wizards as a player in their 2013 training camp and remained a frequent visitor to Wizards games as a scout for the Spurs in recent years.

"To be back in the community and the first general manager of the G-League team is special," Mensah-Bonsu said. "This is D.C.’s team. I want them to embrace us."

Head coach Jarell Christian played college ball in Virginia and goes back several years with Wizards coach Scott Brooks. Christian joined the Oklahoma City's G-League staff when Brooks was in his final year as head coach of the Thunder.

Christian began his coaching journey with an eye trained on how Brooks goes about his job.

"My introduction to pro basketball was under Coach Brooks and his philosophies. A lot of that stuff, I believe in wholeheartedly. That’s my foundation," Christian said. "I got a chance to know him through training camp and throughout that season. He and I developed a bond and a relationship that stood the test of time. To this day, we still talk often. It’s just another chance for me to reconnect with him and to continue to grow our relationship."

The Go-Go intend to make what they do as similar to the Wizards as possible. When guys like Devin Robinson, one of their two-way players, is called up he can step right in without a learning curve of the playbook or how they practice.

Having Christian in place will help that process in particular.

"There won’t be any issue or any slippage with guys going up and down to know what’s in store for them," Christian said. "A lot of the stuff that the Wizards will do, we will implement with the Go-Go. Just some offensive and defensive concepts. Some of the playcalls and the terminology will be the same."

"Whatever you see the Wizards doing, you will probably see the Capital City Go-Go doing, too," Mensah-Bonsu said.

The symmetry between the G-League and the NBA teams will also be helped by the fact they will share the same practice facility. Their proximity will come with many advantages from the Go-Go perspective.

"I think it’s going to help motivate these guys. We’re going to be practicing in the same place that the Wizards do and the Mystics do," Mensah-Bonsu said. "I think if these guys can see Dwight Howard and John Wall and Bradley Beal walking around every day, it will help motivate them to get to that next level."

"The exposure our players get with the Wizards [front office], the Wizards personnel, being able to watch them practice daily, watching their practice habits and what their routines may be, is really big," Christian said.

That element will also apply beyond the players. Christian, who is just 32 years old, will get to watch how an NBA coaching staff operates on a daily basis.

Christian has yet to take a tour of the new building in Ward 8, but he has seen blueprints. Among the amenities the Go-Go will enjoy that other G-League teams do not usually have is a dedicated dining area.

Many G-League teams do not go to that length.

"A lot of organizations do not provide food for their players on a daily basis, but we will. That’s the No. 1 thing in my opinion that’s gonna set us apart from our competitors," he said.

The Go-Go won't take the floor for their first game until November, but it seems like a good foundation is starting to take place.

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