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Wizards met with Maryland point guard Melo Trimble at NBA Draft Combine

Wizards met with Maryland point guard Melo Trimble at NBA Draft Combine

The Wizards met with Maryland standout Melo Trimble at the NBA Draft Combine, according to CSN Wizards Beat Reporter Chris Miller. 

Washington traded away its first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets as part of the package that brought in Bojan Bogdanovic, but as Miller points out, the team still has a draft pick in the second round at No. 52.

One of the biggest roster holes the Wizards will seek to address this summer is backup point guard. Trimble not only could fit that bill, but also he'll likely be available into the second round or even as an undrafted rookie. 


Last summer Washington brought in Trey Burke hoping he'd be their point guard off the bench, but it became clear by midway through the season that he wouldn't be able to deliver as either a bench scoring option or playmaker to run the offense while John Wall took a breather. 

When the Knicks waived Brandon Jennings at the end of February, the Wizards wasted no time signing him and slotting him above Burke as the primary backup to Wall. Burke rarely played after Jennings arrived, getting a handful of minutes at the end of blowouts only.

Jennings wasn't a scoring revelation for the Wizards, either, but proved a more competent passer capable of maintaining the tempo of the offense. Though not unexpected, Jennings was a borderline liability on defense. 

Burke is a restricted free agent and Jennings is an unrestricted free agent this offseason; neither are likely to return. 

Then there's Tomas Satoransky, who's physically gifted and 6-7, but saw very limited minutes as a rookie and never became a regular part of Scott Brooks' rotations. He'll take a lot more development for the Wizards to know what they have. 


The Wizards will survey the free agent market for backup point guards, but their meeting with Trimble indicates they've also entertained the idea of looking for one in the draft. 

Trimble led the Terps in scoring in all three years of his career in College Park, and he found success in the pick-and-roll. But he's been inconsistent on offense and can struggle finishing at the rim.

Though Trimble shot 41% from 3-point range his freshman year, that dropped off to 31% his second and third year. His height and athleticism are below average for NBA point guard prospects. 

Taking a chance on Trimble, either with the second-round pick or an undrafted rookie signing, won't cost the Wizards much. His principle advantage over known quantities like Burke and Jennings is that he could still surprise with some untapped potential. 

MORE WIZARDS: NBA Mock Draft: Post lottery, are top picks nearly locks?

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ESPN ranks John Wall much lower than he should be in top 100 player list

ESPN ranks John Wall much lower than he should be in top 100 player list

John Wall is known for using perceived slights in the media as motivation and, well, he's probably not going to like the latest NBA player rankings put out by ESPN.

Like many national outlets looking to fill out the last few days of the offseason with conversation-starting content, ESPN rolled out their 2018-19 top 100 NBA player rankings this week and Wall came in at No. 32.

Despite making his fifth All-Star team this past season and despite injuries being the biggest reason for his drop in numbers, ESPN has Wall outside of the top 30.

For some context, teammate Otto Porter, Jr. was ranked No. 38 and Bradley Beal came in ahead of Wall at No. 29.

Beal, by the way, somehow dropped from No. 28 the year before despite earning his first All-Star berth in a breakout 2017-18 season.

Wall, for what it's worth, dropped from No. 15 the year prior. Those rankings were released following a 2016-17 season in which he earned All-NBA honors. Porter was ranked No. 42 on that list.

ESPN's rankings are described as a forecast of what to expect in the upcoming season and they are based in advanced stats designed to measure a player's value to their team. 

Wall, though, appears to be the casualty of some recency bias. There are several players ahead of him that are difficult to justify. 

Take a look at some of the point guards with better rankings than Wall.

ESPN ranked Kemba Walker, Kyle Lowry and Jrue Holiday ahead of Wall. All three are excellent guards worthy of their All-Star nods and accolades. But, when healthy, Wall has proved to be on a different level.

Kyle Lowry, for example, is trending in the wrong direction at 32 years old and is coming off year in which his numbers fell off. If this is a forecast of his upcoming season, those things should be taken into account.

Ultimately, these lists are subjective and just made to spark debate. But Wall takes this stuff more seriously than most players and probably won't like what he reads.


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Dwight Howard is as confident as ever heading into season No. 15

Dwight Howard is as confident as ever heading into season No. 15

When Dwight Howard was selected No. 1 overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2004 NBA Draft, the 18-year-old was just months removed from making the decision to forego college after a decorated high school career. But he was anything but a typical high school kid.

His time at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy rewarded him with a slew of national honors, including the Gatorade National Player of the Year. His thousand-watt smile shined on draft night, and what followed was an eight-year tour du force, capturing nearly every major award the NBA had to offer and forcing himself into NBA record books.

But the 2009 NBA Finals was long ago, and the eight-time All-Star is now getting familiar with his sixth different team.

Six different organizations means six different coaches, six different cultures, six different cities, six different teams and a whole lot of teammates along the way. 

Through the big man's journey, a less-than-stellar reputation has followed him from team to team, and locker room to locker room. 

Howard joined the Wizards Talk Podcast to share the evolution of his approach with Chris Miller. 

The 32-year-old mentioned that he spent much of his time in the NBA worrying too much about what others thought of him and tried to be someone he wasn't. 

With age comes maturity and perspective. 

"Why would I change who I am as a person to appease other people? I think who I am as a person has gotten me to where I am today," said Howard. 

"When I'm enjoying the game and I'm having fun, that's when I dominate the most."

Howard spent just the 2016-17 season with the Hawks, but faced the Wizards four times during the regular season and in the First Round of the playoffs, eventually falling in six games. 

The 2017-18 campaign then took Howard to Charlotte for a year where the Hornets took three of four games from Washington during the regular season, including a wire-to-wire overtime victory in November. 

Going to head-to-head on such a regular basis leads to a familiarity and comfort level. 

"The defensive end is something that I thought was kind of like a weak point when we played them [Washington] in the playoffs, but I think this season that will totally change," said Howard. 

The eight-time NBA All-Star was sure to comment on an offense he'll be joining which averaged over 106 points per game a season ago. 

"Offensively we're going to be a monster. We have John, it starts with him. He's going to be able to provide instant offense for everybody with the way he passes the ball. A pick and roll with me and Bradley? You've got to really pick your poison." 

As for how the newcomer feels his team should fare this season, he put it bluntly. 

"I really believe that we can be one of the top three teams in the East." 

Washington opens its 2018-19 season Oct. 18 at Capital One Arena against Miami. 

Listen to the full episode of Wizards Talk below.