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Seraphin introduces new left hook to Garnett


Seraphin introduces new left hook to Garnett

As a rookie with the Wizards two years ago, Kevin Seraphin reached double digits in scoring twice in 58 games.

Last season, he reached double digits 25 times in 57 games, including his final 16 games of the season.

So after scoring 19 points in his season opener against Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics Saturday night, is the 23-year-old power forward from Cayenne, French Guiana ready to have a breakout season in the NBA?

“We definitely want to get the ball to him,” Wizards teammate Trevor Booker said after Tuesday’s practice at Verizon Center. “It seems like every time he throws up that right-hand hook it goes in. Now he’s added the left-hand hook and he’s looking unstoppable.”

Seraphin’s 19-point, seven-rebound performance was his third-best scoring output of his career and it came against one of the NBA’s  best defenders. That could make for an interesting rematch Wednesday night when the Wizards visit the Celtics [7:30, CSN, 106.7 FM, 1500 AM] at TD Garden.

“It does give me some more motivation to keep doing it,” Seraphin said. “That game was a good game and now I have to keep doing it. There are 80 games left and I have to prove I can be consistent and play like that all the time.”

Seraphin came off the bench in the Wizards’ 89-86 loss to the Celtics Saturday night, but with Emeka Okafor struggling in his first two games with a total of 13 points and 14 rebounds, it’s not a stretch to suggest Seraphin may make his first start of the season on Wednesday night. He started the final 15 games for the Wizards last season.

Whether he starts or not, Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he doesn’t want Seraphin to get caught up in trying to outscore Garnett, who on Saturday put up 15 points and seven rebounds. Wittman also said he wouldn’t be surprised if Garnett adjusts to that new left hook of Seraphin’s.

“He’s the best competitor I’ve ever been around and he’s going to try to eliminate that part of Kevin,” Wittman said. “Kevin just needs to stay within who he is and things will be fine.”

Seraphin said he knows it will be a challenge to have the same kind of success against Garnett as he had against him Saturday night.

“He will be ready for me, but I will be ready for him, too,” Seraphin said with a smile. “He’s a good player and I know for sure he won’t let me score 19 points again and for me that’s a challenge because I have to do it again. Now I have to bready for him like he’s going to be ready for me.”

Seraphin, who speaks with a thick French accent, said he and Garnett didn’t do a whole lot of talking on the floor Saturday night, but after a couple of timeouts, he said Garnett would not allow Seraphin to take a shot, playfully blocking his attempts.

“Next time," Seraphin said, "I’ll just put it higher."

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson


Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

The Washington Wizards hold the 15th and 44th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select...

2018 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jerome Robinson

School: Boston College
Position: Shooting guard
Age: 21
Height: 6-5
Weight: 188
Wingspan: 6-7
Max vertical: N/A

2017/18 stats: 20.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 48.5 FG%, 40.9 3PT% (2.3 3PT/5.7 3PA), 83.0 FT%
Player comparison: Danny Green
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 29th, NBADraft.net 16th, Bleacher Report 19th, Sports Illustrated 17th

5 things to know:

*A three-year player at BC, Robinson developed into a big-time scorer before making the leap to the NBA. He averaged 18.7 points as a sophomore and then 20.7 points as a junior while improving his shooting percentages across the board. He went from 42.3 percent from the field as a sophomore to 48.5 in 2017-18.

*Robinson turned himself into an excellent three-point shooter. After shooting just 33.3 percent as a sophomore, he got that up to 40.9 percent as a junior and on 5.7 attempts per game. That trajectory bodes well for Robinson's chances at the next level.

*He has a quick release on his jumper, giving him the ability to be effective on catch-and-shoot plays off screens. Robinson could develop into a reliable scorer who doesn't need the ball in his hands as a primary focus of the offense. He also showed the ability to throw down some powerful dunks and finish with creativity at the rim. He didn't record a vertical leap at the NBA Combine, but playing above and around the rim didn't appear to be a problem in college.

*Though it didn't show in his last season at Boston College, Robinson was adept at forcing turnovers in his first two years. He averaged 1.6 steals per game across his freshman and sophomore seasons and 16 times in his career had three steals or more in a game.

*Questions for Robinson would include his versatility and speed. Some draft evaluators wonder if he will be able to get separation off the dribble at the NBA level. Also, he put up decent rebounding and assists numbers in college but didn't exactly stand out in either category.

Fit with Wizards: Robinson would give the Wizards depth at the shooting guard position and they need that. He could help Bradley Beal pare down his minutes and offer a scoring punch off the Wizards' bench. The Wizards could use a reliable shooter to help space the floor for Kelly Oubre, Jr. and others in the second unit.

The problems with Robinson's fit would be his lack of positional versatility and what appears to be a relatively low ceiling. He's not the freak athlete that some of his counterparts are at shooting guard. If the Wizards are choosing between Robinson and guys like Zhaire Smith and Lonnie Walker IV, they could view the latter two as more enticing because of their potential. Robinson would represent a safer pick while others could pay off big-time and have a greater impact on the franchise in the long-term.

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More draft prospect profiles:

Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky

Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State

Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State

Gary Trent, Jr., SG, Duke

Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami

Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, IMG Academy

Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton

Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, Boise State

Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland

Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky

Troy Brown, SG/SF, Oregon

Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova

Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Michigan

Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA

Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State

For more on the NBA Draft, check out our latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes was joined by Nick Ashooh and Stefon Marquis to talk NBA Draft. 

They broke down five prospects and their potential fit with the Wizards: Moe Wagner of Michigan, Michael Porter, Jr. of Missouri, Grayson Allen of Duke, Collin Sexton of Alabama and Omari Spellman of Villanova.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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