Quick Links

Wizards 2017 NBA Draft prospect profile: SF Dwayne Bacon, Florida State

Wizards 2017 NBA Draft prospect profile: SF Dwayne Bacon, Florida State

The Washington Wizards hold the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Who will they take? Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select. Check back for more as we continue to get closer to the draft...

Name: Dwayne Bacon
School: Florida State
Position: Small forward
Age: 21
Height: 6-6
Weight: 220
2016/17 stats: 17.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg, 45.2 FG%, 33.3 3PT% (1.6 3P/4.9 3PA), 75.4 FT%
Projections: DraftExpress 55th, NBADraft.net 42nd


5 things to know:

*Bacon was a scorer from Day 1 with the Seminoles, averging 15.8 points as a freshman and then 17.2 as a sophomore before jumping to the NBA. He shot a solid 45.2 percent from the field as a sophomore and improved his three-point shot from 28.1 percent his first year to 33.3 percent in his second. 

*His scoring game is predicated largely on the fastbreak and driving to the rim. Developing his three-point shot and finding consistency on defense will be important for him, as it will be much harder to slash at the NBA level.

*Bacon shined the NBA Combine with a 6-foot-10 wingspan and a 6-foot-6 1/4 height measurement in shoes. He isn't a great leaper with a 36.5-inch max vertical, but has the size and strength to play his position in the NBA. And he can jump enough, as evidenced by him winning the McDonald's All-American dunk contest back in 2015.

*He played one year of high school ball at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. He was Virginia's Gatorade basketball player of the year and a McDonald's All-American. Bacon scored 23.3 points per game, which were the most since Brandon Jennings in 2008. Jennings played for the Wizards this past season.

*At FSU, Bacon had his own group of fans that attended games in bacon costumes. When he was a freshman, the school held a 'bacon night' for one game and gave out free bacon as a promotion.

Fit with Wizards: At this point the Wizards appear set at the small forward position, depending on their plans with Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic. If they re-sign those two, there won't be much room for a guy like Bacon, unless they think he can play some shooting guard, or if he is someone they deem as clearly the best player available once they are on the clock and they just can't pass him up.

RELATED: What type of career can we expect from pick No. 52?

Best highlight video:


Frank Mason III, PG, Kansas

Tyler Dorsey, SG, Orgeon

Josh Hart, SG, Villanova

Monte Morris, PG, Iowa State

P.J. Dozier, PG/SG South Carolina


Quick Links

Wizards Tipoff podcast: John Wall goes 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, celebrity softball and the Summer League


Wizards Tipoff podcast: John Wall goes 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, celebrity softball and the Summer League

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, John Wall went 1-on-1 to talk Bryce Harper's future, the celebrity softball game and the Summer League.

Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the parallels between Wall and Harper and why Wall has chosen to stay loyal to Washington in his own contract decisions. Plus, can the Wizards really tone down the talking this season?

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

Quick Links

Kawhi Leonard going to the Raptors may actually be good news for the Wizards and the East

USA Today Sports Images

Kawhi Leonard going to the Raptors may actually be good news for the Wizards and the East

Through nearly three weeks of NBA free agency and almost a month of trades, the Eastern Conference had remained eerily quiet. The Wizards had arguably been the most aggressive team in the East, as all the biggest moves had occurred in the West and, most notably, LeBron James changed coasts.

That all changed on Wednesday as the Toronto Raptors pulled off a trade with the San Antonio Spurs to land Kawhi Leonard, a two-time defensive player of the year. The full deal includes All-NBA guard DeMar DeRozan going to San Antonio along with big man Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first round pick. The Raptors also get guard Danny Green, according to ESPN.

Here are some takeaways from the trade...

This is good, potentially great news for the Wizards

The worst-case scenario for the Wizards and most of the East would have been if Leonard got dealt to either the Sixers or Celtics, as the potential would have been there for a dominant team. The Sixers, in particular, could have conceivably traded for Leonard without giving up much in the way of pieces that can help them now. They would have teamed Leonard with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid and would probably be the favorites to reach the NBA Finals. Instead, the Sixers struck out and now face the prospect of taking a pretty big L on this offseason, given all the guys they were tied to going into it.

Leonard and the Raptors will be good and they may even be better than they were last season. Though the Raptors won 59 games in the regular season, they disappointed in the playoffs. Leonard could change that, but he won't have the help to make them an unstoppable force. Kyle Lowry is good, but he's an aging player and they don't have a third star, at least not yet. They have a lot of recent first round picks that could, in theory, make the leap.

This deal is good for the Wizards and could become great if Leonard leaves in free agency next summer. If he does, the Raptors will be in deep trouble.

What will the Lakers do?

When James signed with the Lakers, most assumed they would then add at least one star to run with him. But now that Leonard is going to Toronto, it's very possible they don't add one at all. James might actually have to play with Lonzo Ball in addition to Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee. Sure, they can sign Leonard next summer or find another star then, but this is shaping up as of now to be a lost year for James.

As consistitued, they aren't winning anything of substance. It's just so surprising James would be cool with this level of talent around him considering what he could have done this season if he signed with Philly or some other team.

People are looking at the wrong contract

Much of the instant reaction to the Leonard trade was praise for the Raptors in ridding themselves of DeRozan's deal. That's a headscratcher. DeRozan is set to make over $27 million in the next three years, the third being a player option, but he's an All-NBA player who turns 29 next month. In the context of NBA contracts, that isn't too bad.

Lowry's contract, on the other hand, is borderline awful. He's 32 with his numbers heading in the wrong direction and he's due to make $31 million next season and $33.3 million the year after. It's not like the Raptors freed themselves of their worst deal.

Masai is making moves

This is a risk for the Raptors and you have to respect it. Their general manager, Masai Ujiri, had seen enough of the DeRozan-Lowry duo falling short in the playoffs. He fired head coach Dwane Casey and pulled off a trade for Leonard, who at his best is one of the premier players in the NBA.

There is considerable risk in this move with Leonard having missed 73 games last season with a quadriceps injury and given the fact he can opt to test free agency next summer. If he really does want to join the Lakers, he could leave the Raptors empty-handed.

But it's a risk that is probably worth taking. Everyone assumed the same future for Paul George and he ended up staying in Oklahoma City. It's not a guarantee Leonard leaves and now the Raptors have a year to convince him to stay. Ujiri should get praise for this deal because it's bold and he did one of the hardest things a GM can do in finding a top-5 talent for his team.

NBC Sports Washington is on Apple News. Favorite us!