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2018 NBA Mock Draft 6.0: The final edition

2018 NBA Mock Draft 6.0: The final edition

We're now down to the final hours before the 2018 NBA Draft.

After all the sifting through workouts, reports, rumors, and lies, a picture is starting to take shape about where teams may actually go Thursday night. 

This draft is loaded with a ton of big man prospects, from DeAndre Ayton, Jaren Jackson Jr., Marvin Bagley, and Mohamed Bamba, all coming with varying opinions as to how much of an impact these players can have in the NBA. 

Add that to the never-ending guesses as to where Trae Young will end up and what he'll actually look like at the next level, and it makes sense so many GM's are said to be sweating buckets when building their final draft boards. 

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This could be the draft we look back on as the one that brought back the big man to the NBA.

It can also be the draft that brings us more unreached potential than anything else. 

Then again, the NBA Draft is so full of crossing fingers and hoping for the best, we should honestly be used to this narrative by now.

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That being said, let's take a look at the five "can't-miss" prospects, and the five "teams shouldn't touch them with a really long pole" ones as well.

It doesn't mean these guys are deserving of being a top-5 pick per say, it just means that what you expect to get from them, you will.

Heck, it's not our job on the line if it's wrong anyway, so no pressure here.

WIZARDS TOP FIVE FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PROSPECTS

1. Robert Williams: 6-10 PF/C with a freakish wingspan. Could be off the board if the Clippers look to prepare for life without DeAndre Jordan. But if Williams is there at No. 15, it's hard to see the Wizards not taking him.

2. Zhaire Smith: Freak athlete who started his college career as an unheralded 3-star recruit. But he has a lot to work on aside from his athleticism

3. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Could be off the board by No. 15, but the Wizards really like him and would be a solid fit as an understudy to John Wall.

4. Kevin Knox: Like his Kentucky teammate Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox might be off the board at No. 15, but his abillity to hit the otuside shot and his improving low-post skills make him a great fit as a power wing.

5. Lonnie Walker: Arguably the most entertaining player in the draft. the former Miami Hurricane isn't the best fit for the Wizards, but if options are limited, it will be hard to pass on such an explosive playmaker.

WIZARDS' TOP FIVE SECOND-ROUND DRAFT PROSPECTS

1. Keita Bates-DiopThe versatile Ohio State wing was the Big Ten Player of the Year and showed a huge leap in improvement his final season in Columbus. He can do a bit of everything and is a polsihed player with a high I.Q.

2. Brandon McCoy: a 7-1 UNLV freshman with a ton of upside> he's raw, but if the Wizards draft a wing in the first-round, drafting a future frontcourt player is a good direction to head in.

3. Hamidou Diallo: The Kentucky wing did a bit of everything for the Wildcats and projects as a smaller version of Kelly Oubre. 

4. Jevon Carter: The WVu guard is the toughest competitor in the draft. In fact, agents were steering their young clients away from draft workouts in which they would have to compete against Jevon Carter. He may not be the best player in the draft, but he will make everyone on the team a better competitor.

5. Sviatoslav Mykhailuk: An elite marksman from Kansas who can create his own shot and is adept at taking and making shots off the screens and in catch and shoot situations.

FIVE CAN'T MISS 2018 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS

1. Luka Doncic: 6-8 wing who can also be the primary ball-handler, with the ability to score off the dribble. Euroleague MVP at just 19 years old.

2. Mo Bamba: Offensive game will determine his ceiling, but that pterodactyl-like wingspan will assure he's one of the all-time great rim-protectors. 

3. Collin Sexton: Fast, aggressive guard who can attack the rim and score. 

4. Mikal Bridges: May never be a star, but will have a great career as a starting 3-and-D player at worst.

5. Aaron Holiday: Great shooter/scorer that can distribute as well. 6-6 wingspan means he can defend either guard position. 

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FIVE 2018 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS TO STAY AWAY FROM

1. Trae Young: Small, can't defend. When was the last time the "next (fill in the blank name here)" guy actually became that guy?

2. Michael Porter Jr.: Tough because there's a ton of talent there, but his early injury history makes you worry how he'll hold up in the NBA. 

3. Lonnie Walker IV: Rough start to his freshman year. Shot just 34.6 percent from three. Defensive effort lags and can be inconsistent on both ends. 

4. Mitchell Robinson: Who exactly is this guy anyway? Are we sure he actually exists?

5. Grayson Allen: Could get a first-round look, but the whole, you know, tripping and temper tantrum thing might be an issue at the next level too. 

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Wizards' John Wall hilariously reacts to NFL kicking struggles: 'Put me in coach'

Wizards' John Wall hilariously reacts to NFL kicking struggles: 'Put me in coach'

The NFL’s kickers had a rough weekend with both the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings missing last-second field goals, which could have saved their teams.

If you weren’t rooting for either of these teams to win, this weekend’s struggles were quite comical, and John Wall got a kick out of it. Literally.

The Washington Wizards point guard had a good laugh at the expense of the Browns’ and Vikings’ kickers -- -- and in his Instagram story Sunday, he posted a video of himself showing off his kicking skills with the caption, “Put me in coach”.

“You see the [expletive] that’s going on today? I could get a job!” Wall says while kicking and laughing. “Far right, it’s no good!”

Looking for their first win since 2016, the Browns had the ball and trailed the New Orleans Saints, 21-18, with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter. Kicker Zane Gonzalez missed a 52-yard field goal that went wide right, and the Saints won. It was Gonzalez’s second missed field goal of the day – along with two extra points – which cost his team a total of eight points. The Browns waived him Monday.

Also Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings road game against the Green Bay Packers, Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson missed all three of his field goal attempts, including two in overtime, both of which were wide right.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby also missed an overtime field goal – though this one was wide left – and the game ended in a 29-29 tie.

Maybe John Wall should give football a shot.

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Robinson, Bryant and McRae likely to form core of Capital City Go-Go

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Capital City Go-Go

Robinson, Bryant and McRae likely to form core of Capital City Go-Go

With training camp starting later this month, we at NBC Sports are previewing the season for each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we look at three players who may spend a lot of time in the G-League: Devin Robinson, Thomas Bryant and Jordan McRae.

 

Player: SF Devin Robinson

Age: 23

2018-19 salary: Two-way contract

2017-18 stats: 1 G, 13.0 mpg, 2.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.0 bpg, 33.3FG%, 00.0 3P%, 00.0 FT%, 33.3 eFG%, 103 ORtg, 102 DRtg

2018-19 storyline: Devin Robinson was part of the very first year of NBA two-way contracts, as the Wizards signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Florida last summer. Now he enters year two hoping to make more of an impact than he did as a rookie. Robinson appeared in just one game last season for the Wizards.

In the Las Vegas Summer League this July, Robinson shined and displayed development in all parts of his game. He flashed some polish to go along with his obvious and rare athletic traits. The question now is whether he is ready to get a more extended look at the NBA level, or if he will have to get used to leading the Capital City Go-Go each and every night.

Wizards executives and coaches will acknowledge that Robinson was impressive in Summer League, but they only put so much stock into performances in Las Vegas. Though he may have raised his stock significantly among fans, that’s not going to be the basis of their evaluation. They want to see him gain muscle, develop more as a ball-handler and continue to adapt to his new shooting mechanics, which they installed this past season to raise his release point.

If the Wizards’ roster was constructed more like it was last year, Robinson would have a clearer path to getting minutes. But this year, they have added depth in their frontcourt and it’s hard to see Robinson passing rookie Troy Brown, Jr. at small forward, where the Wizards are deeper than at any other position.

The safest expectation for Robinson this season is to make a lot of noise for the G-League team and be promoted as their star player.

Potential to improve: Gain weight, ball-handling, rebounding

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Player: C Thomas Bryant

Age: 21

2018-19 salary: $1.4 million

2017-18 stats: 15 G, 4.8 mpg, 1.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.1 spg, 0.1 bpg, 38.1 FG%, 10.0 3P%, 55.6 FT%, 40.5 eFG%, 100 ORtg, 108 DRtg 

2018-19 storyline: Amid all the hype for their trade for Austin Rivers and their signing of Dwight Howard and Jeff Green, the Wizards made a minor move on the second day of free agency by claiming Thomas Bryant off waivers from the L.A. Lakers. He was a second round pick just last summer out of Indiana University, where he attended as a highly prized recruit.

Bryant’s career at Indiana didn’t live up to expectations and he only played 15 games for the Lakers, but the long-term potential is enticing. The Wizards basically acquired a project who could convey as a diamond in the rough someday down the road.

Bryant did have some success last year in the G-League, as he was named first-team all-league and to the rookie team. He averaged 19.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and shot 36.4 percent from three for the South Bay Lakers. That latter is a particularly good sign for a guy who measures in at 6-foot-10.

Like Robinson, Bryant will probably spend much of his time in the G-League once Go-Go training camp begins. He is a raw talent on the outside of the rotation looking in. The Wizards have Howard and Ian Mahinmi set at center with Jason Smith behind them. They can also opt to go small and use guys like Markieff Morris at the five spot.

Bryant should thrive at the G-League level and could set himself up for a more important role the following season. There is also the potential for an opportunity to come from injury. If either Howard or Mahinmi goes down, Bryant could get the call-up.

Regardless, the fact the Wizards can afford someone like Bryant the playing time to continue developing at the G-League level is a huge bonus. The Wizards believe they can get their young players to log at least 1,000 to 1,400 minutes this season between the two leagues. Bryant can hit that mark if he stays healthy, strictly by being a key cog for the Go-Go.

Potential to improve: Rim protection, rebounding, finishing at rim

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Player: SG Jordan McRae

Age: 27

2018-19 salary: Two-way contract

2017-18 stats: (didn’t play in NBA)

2018-19 storyline: The toughest guy to set expectations for on the Wizards’ 2018-19 roster has to be Jordan McRae and the answer could be to not expect much at all when it comes to the NBA level. He will likely be with the team until G-League training camp starts, as the two-way contract clock doesn’t begin until then. But the path to playing time for McRae does not appear to be there as of now.

McRae is a shooting guard and the Wizards are pretty set at the position. They have an All-Star in Bradley Beal and an unusually capable backup in Rivers. Plus, Brown can play some at the two and then there’s Jodie Meeks, who will certainly be motivated to bounce back this year with free agency on the horizon.

That said, McRae is a bit older than the typical two-way player, so he’s not a long-term project. And he also had two years of NBA experience to draw from, including time with the NBA champion 2016 Cavaliers.

Beyond those facts, helping McRae’s cause are two things. One is that he has shot well from three in the NBA with a 38.4 career percentage. The other is that he has a 7-foot-1 wingspan despite standing 6-foot-6. If injuries pave the way and the Wizards are looking for length and athleticism, he could fit the bill.

The most likely scenario for McRae is a lot of time with the Go-Go. He was a G-League All-Star for the 2015-16 season and is the type of veteran who could help usher along the Wizards’ young prospects.

Potential to improve: Forcing turnovers, field goal percentage, rebounding

 

 

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