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2019 NBA Draft Best Available: Three guards the Wizards could take at No. 9

2019 NBA Draft Best Available: Three guards the Wizards could take at No. 9

The 2019 NBA Draft is full of exciting talent, but some of the headline-grabbing names may be off the board by the time the Wizards take their pick at No. 9. 

Who are the best players Washington could realistically draft? Here's a look at three guards that could still be available with the ninth selection, and Chase Hughes' perspective on their fit with the Wizards.

Coby White, North Carolina

Age: 19
Height: 6-5
Weight: 191
Wingspan: 6-5

2018/19 stats: 16.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.1 spg, 0.3 bpg, 42.3 FG% (5.4/12.7), 35.3 3PT% (2.3/6.6), 80.0 FT% 

Chase's Take: The Wizards could use a guy like White. He could fill in for John Wall while he rehabs from his Achilles injury and give them insurance at the point guard position in the event Wall never regains his form. He could also give them depth behind Bradley Beal and a long-term backcourt option in the event Beal leaves in a trade or free agency.

White would help the Wizards take the next step offensively with another playmaking scorer. Though they need to improve their defense more, he could take a lot of scoring pressure off of Wall and Beal.

The problem for White would be a potential logjam at guard when Wall returns. Not only would White lose some minutes behind Wall and Beal, but he also seems to be the type of player who will be at his best running the offense with the ball in his hands.

Also, if the Wizards draft White, that probably means the end of Tomas Satoransky's time in Washington. It wouldn't make sense to sign him long-term with Wall and White on the roster.

Still, if White is the best player available, the Wizards should take him. They aren't in a position to draft for need if a potential star can be had.

Darius Garland, Vanderbilt

Age: 19
Height: 6-2
Weight: 175
Wingspan: 6-5

2018/19 stats: 16.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.4 bpg, 53.7 FG% (5.8/10.8), 47.8 3PT% (2.2/4.6), 75.0 FT%

Chase's Take: Garland's fit with the Wizards is not perfect, as he plays point guard and employs a shoot-first style. With John Wall signed to a supermax contract, the Wizards would really have to believe that Garland is the best player available at No. 9 to take him.

Garland, though, would have a big opportunity to prove himself early on, as Wall will likely miss more than 50 games this upcoming season. Garland could step right in as the starter, depending on what happens with Tomas Satoransky.

Long-term, the Wizards also may need a replacement for Wall, depending on how he recovers from his ruptured Achilles. They have to think in terms of insurance policies and Garland could fit the bill.

But given the Wizards have other needs, it would not be surprising if they fielded trade calls on draft night if Garland fell to them. He's good, but not Ja Morant good and it seems like other players would be better fits for what they need.

Romeo Langford, Indiana

Age: 19
Height: 6-6
Weight: 215
Wingspan: 6-11

2018/19 stats: 16.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.8 bpg, 44.8 FG% (5.5/12.3), 27.2 3PT% (1.1/3.9), 72.2 FT%

Chase's Take: Langford isn't a great fit with the Wizards and especially at ninth overall. If they traded back in the first round, then perhaps that could change.

But there are several things that make Langford a question mark for the Wizards. One is that he plays shooting guard and, as long as Bradley Beal is part of the organization, minutes could be hard to come by. 

Also, Langford doesn't appear to present the athletic upside that other prospects would. And he is more of an offensive player when defense is the Wizards' biggest need.

Now, the counter to those points is the Wizards need depth behind Beal. He played more minutes than any other player this past season and that is not sustainable. And Langford could untap a lot of potential if he can develop as a shooter. Also, offense or defense, the Wizards need to add the best players they can find.

But given the options likely available at No. 9, the Wizards can probably get someone who is a better fit for what they need both in the short- and long-term.

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Report: NBA likely to use new All-Star format again, will discuss using it in G-League

Report: NBA likely to use new All-Star format again, will discuss using it in G-League

If you were a fan of the NBA's new format for the All-Star game, which featured a target score to decide the winner instead of a clock, you might be in luck. 

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the NBA is likely to use the target score format again in next year's All-Star game. The NBA's president of league operations Byron Spruell told Lowe it's a 'good assumption' we see this format again. 

In its maiden voyage, the target score was a smashing success. The NBA has struggled to make the All-Star game entertaining and intense enough for the best players in the world to try. By adding 24 points onto the leading team's score at the end of the third and saying, "First one to this number wins," it sparked the competitive fire in the league's biggest stars and made for an unforgettable basketball moment. 

The target score is very similar to the "Elam Ending," created by Ball State University professor Nick Elam. The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all event held over the summer, has used the Elam Ending for the last two years.

Chris Paul suggested using the format in the All-Star game to commissioner Adam Silver, and now the target score ending has a chance at making it to the G-League. 

Lowe also includes in the story that the NBA will discuss using the target score system in the G-League, the league's developmental league. However, concerns about making G-League play too different from play in the NBA make it unlikely for a full adaptation of the target score system. 

Spruell did say a possible first step would be using the system at the annual G-League Showcase, which usually takes place in December. 

To go even further down the rabbit hole of hypothetical changes to NBA games, the NBA will also reportedly discuss using target scores in the elimination rounds of a midseason tournament. In late December, the NBA propose massive schedule changes to the league's owners including shortening the regular season to 78 games and introducing a midseason tournament. 

The owners still have to approve the changes before any target scoring system can be implemented. 

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Wizards congratulate Marcin Gortat on retirement with tribute video

Wizards congratulate Marcin Gortat on retirement with tribute video

Following Marcin Gortat's retirement from basketball, the Wizards and Capitals made sure to congratulate him on wrapping up a 12-year career. 

Gortat spent five seasons with the Wizards from 2013-2018, averaging 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds during his time in D.C. He was a reliable roll man f next to John Wall and helped lead the team to four straight playoff appearances. 

After spending a short time with the Clippers last season, The "Polish Hammer" decided to retire earlier this week. He did not play in the NBA this year. 

Could there be a Gortat appreciation night at Capital One Arena sometime soon? Wizards fans probably wouldn't oppose. 

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