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Wizards 2017 NBA Draft prospect profile: SG Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

Wizards 2017 NBA Draft prospect profile: SG Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

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: Sindarius Thornwell
School: South Carolina
Position: Shooting guard
Age: 22
Height: 6-5
Weight: 212
2016/17 stats: 21.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.0 bpg, 44.5 FG%, 39.5 3PT% (1.9 3P/4.7 3PA), 83 FT%
Projections: DraftExpress 57th, NBADraft.net 38th

5 things to know:

*Thornwell was the best player on a South Carolina team that made their first Final Four appearance in school history. His 21.4 points per game during the regular season earned him the SEC player of the year award. In the tournament, he took it up a notch by averaging 23.6 points on 47.2 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from three.

*He wasn't always a great scorer, but had a breakout season as a senior. In his first three years with the Gamecocks, he averaged a modest 12.7 points per game on 37.1 percent from the field. But as a senior he scored those 21.4 points per game on 44.5 percent shooting.

*Thornwell is not a big threat from three-point range, which is something teams will certainly keep in mind given he is a guard. He shot a career-high 39.5 percent from three last year and 34 percent in his career. His 39.5 percent last season was decent, but he will need to develop consistency from NBA range to stick in the pros.

*He is not a very explosive athlete. His 6-foot-10 wingspan as measured at the NBA Combine is very good, but his 30 1/2-inch vertical is far from what some of the best leapers at his position boast.

*Thornwell played his high school ball at Oak Hill in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Brandon Jennings, who played for the Wizards this past season, went there. So did many other NBA players like Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.

Fit with Wizards: Thornwell's all-around game could be a good fit for the Wizards as they seek help behind John Wall and Bradley Beal. Thornwell could be a nice scoring option off their bench. He was a solid defender in college, but whether that will translate to the NBA is hard to tell.

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

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

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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!

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

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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.

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