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Wizards summer school: Shelvin Mack


Wizards summer school: Shelvin Mack

Acrossthe board, the Wizards need to work on their shooting and that includes guard Shelvin Mack who struggled to find his stroke in his rookie season.Mackmade just40 percent of his field goal attempts and 28 percent of his three-point shots, averaging only 3.6 points in 12 minutes off the bench in his rookie year.

Mackhelped Butler reach back-to-back national title games in college withhis ability to shoot the ball and hit clutch shots, but for the most part we didn't see that carry over to his first professional season in Washington.

Although he struggled with his shot, Mackshowed some promise that he could play at the NBAlevel.Mackhad his best game, a 10-point, 8-assist outing in just 19 minutesin a loss at New Jersey in early April. He followed that up with 11points and 3 assists in a win over Charlotte.In early February,Mackwent for 12 and 4 in a lossat Orlando but he simply wasn'tconsistentenough in his play throughout the entire season.

Mack did show he can handle the ball andrarelyturned it over, which is key for a point guard at any level.

So what can coach Randy Wittman do to get Mack to work on his game?

Obviously, Mack must get up hundreds of shots a day this summer to come back as a real threat from the outside next season. From the pull-up jumper to the three-ball, Mack must regain that form that made him a top-notch college scorer.

Mack also must work on breaking down defenders off the dribble and finishing shots over taller players around the rim. Listed generously at 6'-3," nothing is going to come easy for Mack when it comes to scoring the ball.

Mack has a good head on his shoulders, so he will put in the work to get better with his offensive repertoire. Mack will also participate in the Las Vegas Summer League and get valuable time running an offense with extensive minutes.

Consistency and gaining confidence will be a huge factor forMacklooking ahead to nextseason. If he can find both, Mack could be a nice piece off the bench for the Wizards.

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Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

The Wizards released their 2018-19 five-game preseason schedule on Tuesday and it looks quite a bit like last year's did.

Once again, they will play the New York Knicks twice, once at home and once on the road. And once again, they will host the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

It all begins on Oct. 1 when the Wizards host the Knicks. Three of their five preseason games will be played at Capital One Arena.

Here is the full preseason schedule:

10/1 vs. Knicks

10/5 vs. Heat

10/8 at Knicks

10/10 at Pistons

10/12 vs. Guangzhou Long-Lions

The preseason schedule release comes on the heels of the full 82-game regular season reveal. That came out last week. You can see it here.


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    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    The Westgate sportsbook in Las Vegas released their over/unders for NBA win totals for the 2018-19 season earlier this month and the Wizards were set at 44.5. That, of course, sparked some debates among fans and the media.

    Chase Hughes and Nick Ashooh gave their take on the matter in the video above. For reference, here are the win totals as set by Westgate:

    Atlanta Hawks - 23.5
    Boston Celtics - 57.5
    Brooklyn Nets - 32.5
    Charlotte Hornets - 35.5
    Chicago Bulls - 27.5
    Cleveland Cavaliers - 30.5
    Dallas Mavericks - 34.5
    Denver Nuggets - 47.5
    Detroit Pistons - 37.5
    Golden State Warriors - 62.5
    Houston Rockets - 54.5
    Indiana Pacers - 47.5
    Los Angeles Clippers - 35.5
    Los Angeles Lakers - 48.5
    Memphis Grizzlies - 34.5
    Miami Heat - 41.5
    Milwaukee Bucks - 46.5
    Minnesota Timberwolves - 44.5
    New Orleans Pelicans - 45.5
    New York Knicks - 29.5
    Oklahoma City Thunder - 50.5
    Orlando Magic - 31.5
    Philadelphia 76ers - 54.5
    Phoenix Suns - 28.5
    Portland Trail Blazers - 41.5
    Sacramento Kings - 25.5
    San Antonio Spurs - 43.5
    Toronto Raptors - 54.5
    Utah Jazz - 48.5
    Washington Wizards - 44.5

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