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Wizards host good options for second round pick in Frank Mason III and Tyler Dorsey

Wizards host good options for second round pick in Frank Mason III and Tyler Dorsey

Most of the NBA draft prospects the Wizards have hosted or plan to host are unlikely options for their 52nd pick in the second round. On Monday, however, they worked out two players that are strong candidates for that selection, if they are still available when the Wizards are on the clock that is.

Those would be guards Frank Mason III of Kansas and Tyler Dorsey of Oregon, two distinctly different players who could both fill needs on the Wizards' roster. They have a void at the backup guard position behind both point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal. Both Mason and Dorsey would both fit the bill as scoring options.

Mason, 23, is a point guard and the bigger name. He grew up less than two hours away down I-95 in Petersburg, Va. After starring at two Virginia high schools, he went on to become one of the more decorated guards in Kansas' storied history. He was named the national player of the year for the 2016-17 campaign and is the only Jayhawk to average at least 20 points and five assists in a season.

On Monday, Mason hoped to show the Wizards his diverse skillset.

"Just how consistently I shoot the ball, my play-making skills, my toughness and my defensive mindset; taking pride in just trying to get a stop on every possession," he said. "I don't have to tell them about my toughness because they see that."

[RELATED: 5 things to know about Wizards' draft prospect Frank Mason III]

Mason, who played with Wizards forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. at Kansas and considers him a good friend, sat down with team president Ernie Grunfeld after his workout. Grunfeld didn't get a chance to interview him at the NBA draft combine in May. Mason said there were a lot of questions about his background. He has a unique family situation with a six-year-old son he has raised all while working towards his dream of playing in the NBA.

Mason averaged 20.9 points per game and shot 47.1 percent from three as a senior. He thinks his outside shooting will translate well to the NBA.

"Ever since I've been shooting from the NBA line, it's been pretty consistent. Over the summer, before I headed into my senior year, I was making 250 threes a day. I think it really paid off heading into all these workouts," he said.

Dorsey, 21, is also a three-point threat. He shot 42.3 percent from long range as a sophomore at Oregon and thinks that is a big selling point for him entering the draft.

"I definitely focus on that a lot when I'm in the gym. I think that's one of my strengths, catching and shooting and off the dribble," he said. "Teams do like that. As you see the league now, shooting is very key to winning."

[RELATED: 5 things to know about Wizards' draft prospect Tyler Dorsey]

Dorsey played a lot of combo guard with the Ducks, which should sound good to the Wizards who need help at both backup guard positions, whether that comes through the draft or internally from Tomas Satoransky or Sheldon Mac. 

Dorsey takes pride in being able to play both positions on each end of the floor.

"I can guard a smaller guard like Frank Mason, but also guard a guard with length," he said. I've been playing combo guard my whole career. I played on the ball and off the ball. Whatever the team needed me to do, I did. I think I'm comfortable playing the one."

Both Mason and Dorsey could be gone by the time the Wizards pick. But each player wouldn't mind joining a team like the Wizards and playing with Wall and Beal.

"I think I can complement both of them. They both play on the ball and off the ball," Dorsey said. "I definitely can complement them on the floor."

"Two really good guards. It would be great to play along with those two," Mason said.

[RELATED: Wizards' predraft workout group features NCAA Tournament stars]


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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.


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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario


The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.

But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.

So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.

1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.

2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.

6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.

7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.


9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.

11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.

12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.

14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.

15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.

16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.

18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)

19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.

21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie. 

22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.



25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.

27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.

28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.

29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.

30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.