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Wizards training camp: Wall on guarding Beal, reaction to Kara Lawson joining CSN

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Wizards training camp: Wall on guarding Beal, reaction to Kara Lawson joining CSN

The Wizards held their second day of 2017-18 training camp on Wednesday on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Here's what you need to know...

Details on Robinson's injury

Rookie Devin Robinson will be out for the foreseeable future as he deals with a stress fracture in his left foot. It's something he has had in the past and hopes it doesn't keep him out too long, but it has certainly thrown a wrench into the start of his NBA career.

For more on Robinson's injury, how his contract came together, how he became a great dunker and how he grew up a Wizards fan, check out yesterday's Wizards Tipoff podcast.

Beal and Wall on Lawson

CSN announced on Tuesday that former Olympic and WNBA star Kara Lawson will be joining the broadcast booth as the color analyst replacing Phil Chenier. Bradley Beal recorded a video message for Lawson on CSN's social accounts. It's great stuff:

Wall also shared some thoughts:

"I welcome her with open arms. I'm excited for her. It's sad to see Phil leave, but it's the next person up. I hope she does a great job and has some fun with it. Things will be a lot different. It's like adding a new player. I'm so used to having new teammates. It ain't nothing new."


Wall on guarding Beal

Wall and Beal are the Wizards' two best players, so it's not surprising that they have some battles on the practice court. Wall shared some insight into how they match up and why it's good they can guard each other:

"Whenever I'm not on his team, I try to guard him just so I can get better defensively. He's going to compete and make me a better person. It's vice versa. He's going to guard me and fight over screens to be able to keep chasing somebody. At times I have to guard two-guards because guys like Steph [Curry] come off a lot of screens to shoot the ball. I have to get used to guarding things like that. Guarding Brad makes things a lot tougher and helps me get in even more better shape for guarding guys like that for a full 48 minutes," he said.

Wall also said that he knew Beal would be good back in 2012 when he was drafted, saying that even before the Wizards picked him it was a "no-brainer." That led to questions about them having disagreements in the past and Wall had a funny retort:

"I'm the point guard, so even if I'm mad at someone I still have to pass them the ball if they're open. If I don't, I look like a selfish person. Like, what am I doing?"

Mahinmi's weight loss

Ian Mahinmi shared some details about his weight loss on the Wizards Tipoff podcast, saying he dropped 10 pounds and did so by paying to have his personal chef, trainer and coaches to travel with him across the world. He had to cut out chocolate and sweets, which was the hardest part of changing his diet. But things got very interesting at Disneyland when he took his two daughters. It's a funny story, so check it out:



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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson


Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

The Washington Wizards hold the 15th and 44th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select...

2018 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jerome Robinson

School: Boston College
Position: Shooting guard
Age: 21
Height: 6-5
Weight: 188
Wingspan: 6-7
Max vertical: N/A

2017/18 stats: 20.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 48.5 FG%, 40.9 3PT% (2.3 3PT/5.7 3PA), 83.0 FT%
Player comparison: Danny Green
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 29th, NBADraft.net 16th, Bleacher Report 19th, Sports Illustrated 17th

5 things to know:

*A three-year player at BC, Robinson developed into a big-time scorer before making the leap to the NBA. He averaged 18.7 points as a sophomore and then 20.7 points as a junior while improving his shooting percentages across the board. He went from 42.3 percent from the field as a sophomore to 48.5 in 2017-18.

*Robinson turned himself into an excellent three-point shooter. After shooting just 33.3 percent as a sophomore, he got that up to 40.9 percent as a junior and on 5.7 attempts per game. That trajectory bodes well for Robinson's chances at the next level.

*He has a quick release on his jumper, giving him the ability to be effective on catch-and-shoot plays off screens. Robinson could develop into a reliable scorer who doesn't need the ball in his hands as a primary focus of the offense. He also showed the ability to throw down some powerful dunks and finish with creativity at the rim. He didn't record a vertical leap at the NBA Combine, but playing above and around the rim didn't appear to be a problem in college.

*Though it didn't show in his last season at Boston College, Robinson was adept at forcing turnovers in his first two years. He averaged 1.6 steals per game across his freshman and sophomore seasons and 16 times in his career had three steals or more in a game.

*Questions for Robinson would include his versatility and speed. Some draft evaluators wonder if he will be able to get separation off the dribble at the NBA level. Also, he put up decent rebounding and assists numbers in college but didn't exactly stand out in either category.

Fit with Wizards: Robinson would give the Wizards depth at the shooting guard position and they need that. He could help Bradley Beal pare down his minutes and offer a scoring punch off the Wizards' bench. The Wizards could use a reliable shooter to help space the floor for Kelly Oubre, Jr. and others in the second unit.

The problems with Robinson's fit would be his lack of positional versatility and what appears to be a relatively low ceiling. He's not the freak athlete that some of his counterparts are at shooting guard. If the Wizards are choosing between Robinson and guys like Zhaire Smith and Lonnie Walker IV, they could view the latter two as more enticing because of their potential. Robinson would represent a safer pick while others could pay off big-time and have a greater impact on the franchise in the long-term.

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More draft prospect profiles:

Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky

Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State

Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State

Gary Trent, Jr., SG, Duke

Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami

Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, IMG Academy

Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton

Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, Boise State

Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland

Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky

Troy Brown, SG/SF, Oregon

Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova

Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Michigan

Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA

Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State

For more on the NBA Draft, check out our latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes was joined by Nick Ashooh and Stefon Marquis to talk NBA Draft. 

They broke down five prospects and their potential fit with the Wizards: Moe Wagner of Michigan, Michael Porter, Jr. of Missouri, Grayson Allen of Duke, Collin Sexton of Alabama and Omari Spellman of Villanova.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!