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Shooting 3s starts to become second nature to Kris Humphries

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Shooting 3s starts to become second nature to Kris Humphries

Alan Anderson hasn't played a second for the Wizards this season as he recovers from left ankle surgery. But his wisdom leading into Saturday's game vs. the Orlando Magic about their defensive lapses was one factor in helping them regain some of their identity. And what he told Kris Humphries during the action sparked him to have a career performance with a season-high 23 points that included five three-pointers.

"Alan Anderson was yelling during the game, 'Put it down. Go to the rack. They can't move their feet.' I was like OK, maybe I won't settle I'll just put it down and go," said Humphries, who used his dribble to escape charging defenders for two dunks and set the stage for his dramatic shots in the fourth quarter in what became a 108-99 win. "Was able to get a couple dunks like that. You just got to look at what the defense is doing and make adjustments."

Humphries entered with 6:42 left and the Wizards (4-4) trailing 88-86. He hit his third three-pointer for a 92-90 lead soon after and his fourth at 3:23 that extended it to 97-91. Then Humphries hustled down the court to deny Tobias Harris a shot at the rim with his second blocked shot. 

"He was big. Shot it with confidence and didn't turn them down," said coach Randy Wittman. "He missed a couple early in the first quarter that were pretty good looks, but he kept going."

After being a mid-range, face-up shooter off the bench for most of his career who gets his baskets on putbacks and offensive rebounds, Humphries has had to remake himself. He's the starting "stretch" power forward now. At times, he would try to shoot off the dribble which isn't when he's best. In those situations, he needs to keep the ball moving so someone else gets a higher-percentage look.

"When he gets time to set his feet, he can make them," said point guard John Wall, who fed Humphries for two of his fourth-quarter treys and finished with 11 assists. "It’s just the other ones he’s taking sometimes we talk about.”

Humphries, who turned pro in 2004 had just made two three-pointers in his career coming into this season, was 5-for-8. He more than double his previous season high of 11 points.

"I just got good looks. Been working on it. Let it go. I think the last two I hit, guys were closing out so I just tried to get them up in the air," he said. "It's been different this year just being on the perimeter this much. I don't think I've completely made the transition yet. I still like to figure out how I can get my rebound numbers up. ... When things become second nature it's easier to play hard and be aggressive."

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Michigan star Moe Wagner after his workout with the Wizards.

Chris and Chase Hughes also gave their impressions of the first prospects to come in for pre-draft workouts, including which guys are most likely to be Wizards. One of those prospects is a point guard and a likely first round pick. Chase and Chris explain why that's not a crazy idea, even considering the presence of John Wall on their roster.

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

The Wizards will hold their third pre-draft workout on Thursday at Capital One Arena, this time featuring four local standouts out of the six players attending. Highlighting that group is Yuta Watanabe of George Washington, the Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Here is the full list with notes on each player...

Phillip Carr, F, Morgan State (6-9, 205)

Carr averaged 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds this past season at Morgan State in Maryland. He shot 84.6 percent from the free throw line, excellent for a big man.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

James Daniel III, G, Tennessee (6-0, 172)

Originally from Hampton, Va., Daniel III played four years at Howard University in D.C. before transferring to Tennessee as a redshirt senior. He was the MEAC Player of the Year in his last healthy season at Howard. Daniel III averaged 5.6 points in 35 games for the Volunteers.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Marcus Derrickson, F, Georgetown (6-7, 250)

Derrickson hails from nearby Bowie, Md. He played three years with the Hoyas and averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and shot 46.5 percent from three this past season. 

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Etou, F, Tulsa (6-8, 235)

Originally from the Republic of Congo, Etou went to high school at Bishop O'Connell in Arlington, Va. He is Serge Ibaka's cousin and didn't start playing basketball until he was 15. Etou averaged 15.0 points and 7.9 rebounds this past season.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Robinson, G, Mount St. Mary's (5-5, 150)

The Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Robinson averaged 22.0 points and 4.8 assists this past season. He was a four-year starter at Mount St. Mary's.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Yuta Watanabe, F, George Washington (6-9, 205)

One of the best basketball players to ever come from Japan, Watanabe was a defensive standout for the Colonials who developed into a solid scorer by his senior year. This past season, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He is known in Japan as 'The Chosen One' and both of his parents played basketball professionally. NBC Sports Washington first reported he would work out with the Wizards this week.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent; best chance for NBA is as defensive specialist

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