Top prospects Thomas Robinson, Bradley Beal and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are all expected to visit with the Wizards this weeek according to multiple reports. Robinson, thechiseled power forward and D.C. native, will be at the Verizon Center on Wednesday. The SEC duo of Beal and Kidd-Gilchrist are expected on Thursday and Friday respectively. All three players have been linked to the Wizards and the third overall pick in recent days. I know you know this. Beal, the premier perimeter shooting guard in the draft, will only be working out for Wizards and the other teams picking in the top four. The Florida freshman is an ideal fit for a certain Chinatown team that lacks outside shooting and backcourt depth, if he makes it that far. I concur with the take from Beal's camp that if he does make it past the Wizards, it's hard to fathom the Cavaliers pass with the fourth pick. Draft Express mocks Kidd-Gilchrist, the Kentucky small forward to the Wizards. Recently Ed Isaacson with the website NBA Draft Blog posted his thoughts on the Wizards and how best to ultilize the third overall pick (he's more of a Beal or Robinson kind of guy). There is also some second-round talk (all three SEC products work for me). Oh, he also allowed yours truly the opportunity to serve as guest analyst. The Bobcats are reportedly shopping the second overall pick and as the Charlotte Observer writes, they should do exactly that.
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.
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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:
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.