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Wizards player review: Nick Young


Wizards player review: Nick Young

Although no longer with the Wizards, guard Nick Young was one of the bigger story lines for the team at the start of the season and at the trade deadline when he was shipped to the Clippers.

A first-round pick by the Wizards in 2007, Young was looking for a long-term contract this past off-season but the lockout limited his options as a restricted free-agent and he had to basically settle for a one-year deal with the Wizards.

It was bad timing for Young, who was coming off the best season of his career, leading the team in scoring at 17 points a game in the 2010-11 campaign.

Even though Young showed he could be a solid scorer at the shooting guard position, the Wizards weren't ready to make a long-term commitment to him because he still had shown signs of inconsistent play and immaturity.

After joining the team late in training camp because of his contract situation, Young started the 2011-12 season coming off the bench and he immediately proved he should start, scoring 16 points in just 18 minutes in the opening-night loss to New Jersey.

Young followed that up with 21 points in another loss at Atlanta.

Young's best game as a Wizard came in a 35-point effort in an upset win over the Blazers in Portland in mid-February. Young put on a shooting clinic against the Blazers, going 7 for 8 from three-point range.

Young scored over 20 points 14 times and averaged 16 points in 40 games for the Wizards this past season. Young continued to show that all he can really do is score and not much else, averaging just 1 assist and 2 rebounds a game.

Obviously, the Washington brass didn't see enough growth from Young this past year to think he could still be part of the rebuild so they dealt him to the Clippers for a second pick and Brian Cook at the trade deadline.

Young has provided instant offense off the bench for the Clippers, helping L.A. reach the second round of the playoffs.

With an all-star point guard in Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin drawing attention down low, L.A. is an ideal team for Young because he can get a lot of open jumpers.

Young will be a free-agent after this season and probably won't get the deal he was looking for. He's never going to be a star but if he can embrace his role as a third or fourth option, he can stick around for awhile

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

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:

Height: 6-4

Weight: 172

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.

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That time new Wizard Troy Brown dunked on No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley


That time new Wizard Troy Brown dunked on No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley

Back in high school, the newest Washington Wizard Troy Brown was an athletic freak. So much so that Brown dunked over the No. 2 pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, Marvin Bagley III.

Playing at Centennial High School from Las Vegas, Nevada, the 15th overall pick went straight at the dominating 6-11 Bagley and posterized the man.

Now from the other side: 

Although both were merely kids at the time (an each a few inches shorter), still you cannot question the confidence and athleticism of the Wizards' top pick. 

Heck, Brown is still athletic.

Now Oregon never got the chance to play Duke this past season, but Brown will get two chances for another poster on his wall with Bagley now on the Sacramento Kings.