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Wizards make it official with G-League team for 2018-19 season

Wizards make it official with G-League team for 2018-19 season

The Wizards have officially purchased their own second division team in what is now called the G-League, and it'll be made official later today by the NBA, according to league sources to CSNmidatlantic.com.

The team, which has yet to be named, will begin play in 2018-19 and the Wizards' new practice facility that will open in Ward 8 in southeast.

This will raise the number of NBA teams with their own affiliates or one-to-one-relationships to 27.  It was formerly known as the D-League, short for Developmental, until Gatorade became the primary sponsor going into 2017-18. 

It'll be a major hurdle cleared for the Wizards, who haven't been able to get the full benefit from their younger players absent their own developmental team. Instead, they were using the flex assignment system. Sheldon Mac went to the Delaware 87ers, run by the Philadelphia 76ers, on several occasion as rookie last season. Chris McCullough was sent to the Northern Arizona Suns (Phoenix Suns).

The benefit to the Wizards is obvious: They'd have their own coaches and staff teaching their players their system and it'll be easier to evaluate their progress when it's a quick drive from Chinatown rather than taking flights to harder-to-reach areas such Fort Wayne, Ind.

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With the Wizards set to pick at No. 52 in Thurday's draft, that'll likely be a player who'll need development -- not a rotation player -- which has been a major focus under Scott Brooks who completed his first year as coach in Washington. Mac, Daniel Ochefu and Danuel House were undrafted rookie free agents who had difficulty getting on the court.

Even Tomas Satoransky, who had four years pro experience in Spain, went through long stretches on the bench and could've benefitted from playing time in a second division to work on his jump shot. As the 82-game NBA season drags on, practice time lessens because of the schedule.

The team comes at a time when development is taking on heightened importance around the league. In the 2017 collective bargaining agreement, two-way contracts are a new wrinkle that will allow NBA rosters to grow from 15 to 17 players. 

It'll pay those designated two-way players more which should make staying in the U.S. more likely rather than going overseas. The carrot dangled is the chance to move up and have that two-way contract converted to a full NBA deal. 

Of course, to do this a G-League team is required and the Wizards will have that base covered after one more season of going without. 

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Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Diallo of Kentucky, local star from UMBC


Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Diallo of Kentucky, local star from UMBC

The Washington Wizards will hold their first pre-draft workout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena and the group of six players features some familiar names. 

Included in the mix is guard Jairus Lyles, who starred for the Unversity of Maryland-Baltimore County and helped lead them as a 16-seed over top-ranked Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first 16-over-a-1 upset in the tournament's history.

Here are the six players with some notes on each one...

Chris Chiozza, guard, Florida (6-0, 175)

Chiozza played four years at Florida and finished as the school's all-time assists leader. He averaged 11.1 points, 6.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game as a senior.

Hamidou Diallo, guard, Kentucky (6-5, 198)

Diallo redshirted in 2016-17 and played one season for the Wildcats. He averaged 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. Diallo measured 6-foot-6 with shoes at the combine and boasts a 7-foot wingspan.

Tiwian Kendley, guard, Morgan State (6-5, 190)

Kendly was a big-time scorer at Morgan St., averaging 21.0 points as a redshirt junior and 26.1 points as a senior. He took a lot of shots, however, averaging 18.2 field goal attempts on 45.3 percent from the field this past season. Kendley starred at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland before joining the college ranks, first at Lamar Community College.

Jairus Lyles, guard, UMBC (6-2, 175)

Lyles was the leading scorer for the Retrievers this past season as they became the biggest underdog Cinderella in NCAA history. He averaged 20.2 points and shot 39.0 percent from three on 6.1 attempts. Lyles began his college career at VCU and played high school ball at nearby DeMatha.

Doral Moore, center, Wake Forest (7-1, 280)

A three-year player at Wake Forest, Moore had a breakout season as a junior with averages of 11.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Moore played with Sixers star Ben Simmons in high school.

Ray Spalding, forward, Louisville (6-10, 215)

Spalding played three years at Louisville and averaged 12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals per game as a junior. He posted a 7-5 wingspan at the NBA Combine. Spalding played with Jazz star Donovan Mitchell in college. 

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Mike Scott

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Mike Scott

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Mike Scott's season...

Player: Mike Scott

Position: Power forward

Age: 29

2017-18 salary: $1.7 million

2017-18 stats: 76 G, 18.5 mpg, 8.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.3 spg, 0.1 bpg, 52.7 FG%, 40.5 3P%, 65.8 FT%, 59.0 eFG%, 109 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Best game: 12/9 at Clippers - 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 9-for-11 FG, 3-for-4 3PT, 28 minutes

Season review: The 2017-18 Wizards season was full of unpredictability and the most positive surprise had to be the comeback of Mike Scott.

The Wizards signed Scott to a veteran minimum contract last offseason after a workout at Capital One Arena. This came just months after he had felony drug charges dropped in the state of Georgia, he lost 25 pounds and rehabbed a leg injury. That spring he had wondered, and justifiably, if his NBA career was over.

Scott overcame all of those odds to not only return to the NBA, but re-establish himself as a productive player off the bench. No one was more consistent start-to-finish in the Wizards' second unit than Scott was.

Scott earned a significant role in head coach Scott Brooks' rotation out of the preseason and stayed there. He reached double-figures in 31 of his 76 games, second only to Kelly Oubre, Jr. on the Wizards. 

Scott's primary value was on offense. He scored inside and out and got his points with remarkable efficiency. He led the Wizards and was tied for 11th in the NBA in effective field-goal percentage. He was second on Washington in field goal percentage and third in three-point percentage. 

Scott closed the season strong, reaching double-figures in scoring in seven of the last nine regular season games. He carried that over into the playoffs with 46 points through their first three games against the Raptors. 

Now comes the question of how much money Scott earned himself with his comeback year and whether the Wizards can afford keeping him. Since they are in the luxury tax, they will have little money to spend this summer. 

The way to keep Scott would be to use the remainder of their taxpayer mid-level exception, but that figures to be only about $1.9 million, not much more than what Scott made in 2017-18. Given how well he played this season, it would not be surprising if he earns much more than that.

Potential to improve: Free throw shooting, forcing turnovers, ability to guard bigs

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

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