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NBA Draft profile: Keifer Sykes

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NBA Draft profile: Keifer Sykes

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.

Keifer Sykes, PG, Green Bay

6'0" | 167 lbs. | 21 years old

2014-15 stats:

18.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals, 35.6 minutes

Projection:

Second round to undrafted

Details

The two-time Horizon League Player of the Year is scheduled to workout for the Wizards on Monday along with Arkansas PF Bobby Portis, LSU power forward Jarell Martin and Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey, the top scorer in the country last season. ... Rated 94th by DraftExpress.com among players in the 2015 class. ... The speedster averaged 26 points in two games against Wisconsin during his junior and senior season. ...The Chicago native sank 1.4 3-pointers per game last season, but only shot 31 percent. ... Ranked third at the NBA combine in the three-quarter court sprint (3.13) and lane agility among those participating. ...Green Bay-based hip-hop/rap group Wisco Kidz paid tribute with the single, "Keifer Sykes."

He said it

"I know when I came to Green Bay, I wasn't thinking about the NBA. I was just happy to have a scholarship so my parents didn't have to pay for school. But I began to work hard, and things just started happening for themselves. For me, I don't really try to get too high or try to get too low. My junior year when people were saying, 'It could happen,' that just made me want to work that much harder so I wouldn't fail." - Sykes (via CSNchicago.com)

Fit for the Wizards

When John Wall sits, Washington's fast break often sits with him. At the very least there is no playmaker with the ability for attacking end-to-end pushes. That would change with Sykes, who also relentlessly attacks the rim in half-court sets. The limited size works against him as does, for now, the inconsistent perimeter touch. Those factors probably lead to no team selecting Sykes in the two-round draft on June 25. Of course, as we've seen in the NBA Finals with Matthew Dellavdeova, undrafted free agents can still make a mark, especially those that can make plays. With Ramon Session and Garrett Temple - assuming the latter opts into his player option this season - entering the final year of their contracts, the Wizards don't have backup plan behind Wall beyond this season. What they do have is some available roster space, time for grooming a young point guard and the 49th overall selection in the two-round draft along with its first round pick. They'll take a closer look Monday to see if Sykes might be worth the investment.

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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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