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Standig's Mock 2012 NBA Draft

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Standig's Mock 2012 NBA Draft

1 New Orleans: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky Duh. Next.

2 Charlotte: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas If the Bobcats keep the pick and the rumor mill says dont bet on it - the athletically gifted double-double machine is probably the only option that makes sense for a team lacking, um, a lot.

3 Washington: Bradley Beal, SG, Florida Seemingly every NBA insider has Michael Kidd-Gilchrist atop the Wizards board at this point. If youre talking highest upside, maybe thats the case and the Wizards do need small forward help. However, until Im aware of a pending trade that would clear up what would be a logjam at forward or how you can play MKG and fellow perimeter clanking first rounders John Wall and Jan Vesely together, Ill go with the shooter. Add Beals textbook form and court awareness to an offense that made efficient strides late last season and the success rate goes up, especially from threeeeeeee.

4 Cleveland: Harrison Barnes, SF, Cleveland Like the Wizards and Bobcats, the Cavs need someone who can shoot the ball. Say what you want about Barnes ability to create his own scoring opportunities, but he can knock down perimeter looks and his athleticism is truly off the charts.

5 Sacramento: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky Players can develop their shot in the pro ranks. If MKG does and maintains the rest of his high-energy, intangible-heavy game, the Kings have a nice frontcourt combo with him and DeMarcus Cousins. Regardless, they have a winner in the truest sense of the word.

6 Portland: Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State If the Blazers want the highest upside player remaining, Andre Drummond is the obvious call. However, Portland is lacking at the point guard slot and Lillard is impressing more and more. He might not be available when the Blazers pick again at 11. Other bigs that can help LaMarcus Aldridge will.

7 Golden State: Andre Drummond, PF, Connecticut The Warriors need small forward help and therefore are probably hoping Barnes falls to them. At this point, taking a shot on Drummonds power-packed physique and truly raw skill set is a relative no-brainer.

8 Toronto: Jeremy Lamb, SG, Connecticut Raptors are linked to various shooting guards and the silky smooth Lamb is arguably the best of the rest. If he proves to NBA decision makers there is a competitive rage behind the placid demeanor, the 6-foot-5 wing with great length hears his name called in the top 10.

9 Detroit: Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois I try not letting combine buzz impact my thoughts, but that becomes harder when the players receiving the praise is a 7-foot-1 center who averaged 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore. Regardless, expect the Pistons to take another big man for an interior pairing with Greg Monroe.10 New Orleans:Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State Has a pro skill set, amajor leaguecaboose, but amateurish athleticism and perhaps a faulty back. Sullys under-the-rim game and low post moves balances nicely with Davis' shot blocking presence while dramatically upgrading the Hornets frontcourt scoring options.

11- Portland: Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina Though not an elite prospect, the polished 7-foot senior averaged 16.3 points and 9.6 rebounds in his ACC Player of the Year campaign. Taking Zeller is more about adding a piece to the puzzle rather than selecting a future top 3 player.

12 Milwaukee: Perry Jones, PF, Baylor Bucks would love Meyers or Zeller to replace the traded Andrew Bogut. Instead they shoot for the moon with the highly-athletic, but low-motor 6-foot-11 forward. Jones is one of those players whose future position remains in question.

13 Phoenix: Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse Weve heard about the lottery draft promise supposedly made to the legitimate two-way threat. If true, this could be the spot. Waiters dramatically improved his 3-point shooting (36.3 percent) as a sophomore while swiping 1.8 steals per game

14 Houston: John Henson, PF, North Carolina Lack of current bulk and fears his slender frame cannot pack on enough weight to survive the NBA wars drops the 6-foot-10 jumping jack outside the top 10.

Ben 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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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Jodie Meeks

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Jodie Meeks

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Jodie Meeks' season...

Player: Jodie Meeks

Position: Shooting guard

Age: 30

2017-18 salary: $3.3 million

2017-18 stats: 77 G, 14.5 mpg, 6.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.9 FG%, 34.3 3P%, 86.3 FT%, 49.1 eFG%, 111 ORtg, 112 DRtg

Best game: 11/29 at Sixers - 21 points, 4 rebounds, assist, steal, 5-for-11 FG, 3-for-6 3PT, 8-for-9 FT

Season review: The Wizards took a flier on Jodie Meeks last summer in what seemed at the time to be a low-risk contract with a potentially high reward, if he could stay healthy and play to his career norms. They were in obvious need of help at backup shooting guard and three-point shooting for their bench.

Meeks fell short of those expectations for a variety of reasons. Though he stayed healthy for the first time in years, he could not make shots at the clip the Wizards were hoping for. His field goal percentage was not far off from what he posted in recent years, but his three-point percentage was nowhere near the 38.8 percent he shot in his previous four seasons.

Meeks bottomed out midseason, shooting 28.9 percent from three in December and 28 percent in January. Those numbers ticked up beginning in February, but Meeks never fully gained the trust of his coaching staff. He rarely got hot enough to alter games and his best stat-lines often came in blowouts. 

There was a domino effect from Meeks' struggles, as starting shooting guard Bradley Beal had no one to spell him. As a result, Beal logged the fourth-most minutes of any NBA player this season.

For Meeks personally, it was a bittersweet year because staying healthy was no small feat. He had a run of bad luck and finally broke out of it this season. On the other hand, he never made the impact he felt he was capable of and that wasn't easy for a guy joining a new team and a new locker room.

Meeks' 2017-18 season was ultimately defined by more than his shooting woes. First, he expressed interest in a trade in February and did not get his wish. Then, he was suspended for allegedy using performance-enhancing drugs after the regular season ended. He was out for the playoffs and will miss the first 19 games of the 2018-19 season without pay as he waits out a 25-game ban.

Meeks may or may not serve that suspension as a member of the Wizards. He has a player option for next season worth $3.5 million. He has yet to inform the team of his decision, but the expectation is that he will pick it up. Given how poorly his season went and ended, it would likely be the smart move financially for him to opt in and hope for better results next season.

Potential to improve: Shooting percentage, perimeter defense, passing

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

Tim Frazier, PG

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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