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Wittman flips starting again for Spurs

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Wittman flips starting again for Spurs

More starting lineup tinkering from Randy Wittman as the Wizards' coach is sending out his fourth different combination of the season, all in the last six games. No combination of any kind will involve Nene.

Emeka Okafor and A.J. Price return to the starting five after coming off the bench the previous two games. Okafor joins Trevor Ariza and Kevin Seraphin in the frontcourt while Price and Beal are the starting guards.

As for Nene, Wittman dubbed the Brazilian big man a "game-time" decision, though before tip Comcast SportsNet's Chris Miller reported the power forward as being "out." In his second game of the season after sitting out over three months with a foot injury, the power forward played 29 minutes in Saturday's double-overtime loss to the Bobcats.

Most interesting about the starting five is the big man pairing. Despite no Nene for the first nine games of the season, Wittman chose not to use his remaining best interior options in Okafor and Seraphin together until the second quarter against Charlotte. Other than Nene, Seraphin is the best low post scorer on the team, but at times lacks rebounding focus. Okafor leads the Wizards with 6.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, but is shooting only 40 percent from the field.

Price faces Spurs' All-Star guard Tony Parker, who has scored over 30 points in two straight games including 32 in Sunday's double-overtime win in Toronto. Tim Duncan played 41 minutes against the Raptors. Accordingly, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said pregame that he anticpates limiting the 15-year veteran's minutes against the Wizards.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

The Washington Wizards selected international prospect Issuf Sanon with the 44th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Like Wizards first round pick Troy Brown, Sanon is just 18 years old and does not turn 19 until Oct. 30. President of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said that Sanon is a draft-and-stash prospect and will play at least the following year for Olimpija, a professional team in Slovenia.

Here’s what you need to know about Sanon:

Height: 6-4

Weight: 172

2017-18 stats: 20.5 mpg, 6.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.2 bpg, 42.9 FG%, 28.3 3PT%, 50 FT%

*Sanon is a defensive-minded combo guard that is not expected to be ready for the next few years. However, he thrived defensively, allowing just 0.471 points per isolation possession, according to the NBA. That ranks in the 92nd percentile. In the past two seasons in Ukraine’s second division, Sanon averaged 4.6 steals per game.

*While playing in the 2017 U-18 Euros for the Ukrainian National team last summer, Sanon broke out, averaging 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game. 

*During the middle of the 2017-18 season, Sanon changed teams. He moved from Ukraine’s Dnipro to the more competitive Olimpija in Slovenia.

*The biggest area of improvement for Sanon is developing his offensive game further. While he is just 18 and very raw, Sanon’s numbers have dipped since his move to Olimpija, especially shooting wise. Sanon’s strength comes in transition and his 6-4 frame helps him when slashing to the rim.

*Though he will not play for the Wizards anytime soon, he will come to the United States and play on the Wizards’ Summer League team.