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NBA Draft profile: Montrezl Harrell

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NBA Draft profile: Montrezl Harrell

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.

Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville

6'8" | 253 lbs. | 21 years old

2014-15 stats:

15.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 59.7 FT%, 35.1 minutes

Projection:

19 to 30

Competition:

Trey Lyles (Kentucky), Jarell Martin (LSU) (Virginia)

Details:

The MVP of the 2012 Capital Classic originally committed to Virginia Tech before switching to Louisville after the Hokies fired Seth Greenberg. ...Improved his scoring and rebounding over each of his three seasons. ...Old school power forward with a comic book wingspan (7-foot-4). ...Mid-range jumper improved over time, but hardly smooth on the perimeter. Bulk of his scoring will come around the rim, running the court and via putbacks. Grabbed 3.2 offensive rebounds per game last season.

He said it:

"You can come in and play with high energy and high passion every night. It will take you a long way in the game. And that’s just what I bring to the table every night. Every time I step on the court, no matter if it’s workouts, no matter if it’s games or practice, I go 110 percent every time because that’s just the way I play." -- Harrell (via CSNchicago.com)

Fit for the Wizards

There are different types of power forwards. The sense is that Washington wants to invest in one of those modern types with a perimeter game. That's not Harrell, not at all. However, using the energetic, powerful and lengthy force in small-ball lineups would give John Wall a vicious rim-to-rim runner in the open court and Coach Randy Wittman an interesting look at center when Marcin Gortat sits. Sometimes a game comes down to a single rebound. Game 5 against the Hawks comes to mind. Harrell is the guy you want in the lane in those spots, especially on the offensive end. Of course, unless he can dramatically improve his free throw shooting, Harrell might not be a guy you want on the court in the final minute of a tight game. If the Wizards look to move Nene this offseason or simply note the big Brazilian's contract expires next summer or desire another interior option should Kevin Seraphin leave in free agency, adding another burly big man might be the way to go.

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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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