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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Cam Reddish

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Cam Reddish

The Washington Wizards will have the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...

2019 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Cam Reddish

School: Duke
Position: Small forward
Age: 19 (turns 20 in September)
Height: 6-8
Weight: 218
Wingspan: 7-1
Max vertical: N/A

2018/19 stats: 13.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.6 bpg, 35.6 FG% (4.3/12.0), 33.3 3PT% (2.5/7.4), 77.2 FT%

Player comparison: Andrew Wiggins, Kevin Knox

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 8th, NBADraft.net 10th, Bleacher Report 8th, Sports Illustrated 5th, Ringer 9th

5 things to know:

1. Reddish looks the part as a future NBA star given he is 6-foot-8, athletic and smooth. As far as the eye test goes, he passes it. But Reddish is maybe the most controversial prospect in this class because his production in college did not match. He often faded into the background as teammates Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett stole the show at Duke. 

2. Even when Williamson went out due to injury, Reddish didn't exactly step up. He averaged 16.2 points, but shot only 35.5 percent from the field and 30 percent from three while Williamson was down. Many evaluators feel like Barrett helped his draft stock during that time, while Reddish went in the other direction.

3. The lack of efficiency may be the biggest red flag for Reddish. He shot an ugly 35.6 percent overall and 33.3 percent from three. This was despite him playing with two future top-five draft picks. He could have taken advantage of the attention they drew from opposing defenses, but was not able to. Reddish looks like he would be a good shooter, as he has smooth mechanics. But just because your shot looks good, doesn't mean it will go in at a high percentage. Just ask Russell Westbrook.

4. There are questions about Reddish's motor and mindset. Though the fact he often deferred to Williamson and Barrett could speak to his willingness to make sacrifices, teams are usually seeking a killer instinct in their top draft picks. And Reddish drew criticism for his passiveness on both ends. He has the potential to be a top-flight defender, which is why many have compared him to Paul George. But George is the defender he is not only because of his athleticism.

5. Reddish's father played in college at nearby VCU, where the Wizards used to hold their training camp as recently as 2017. The younger Reddish ended up going to Duke as the third-ranked player in his class, according to ESPN. He was a McDonald's All-American.

Fit with Wizards: 

Reddish checks off several boxes when it comes to his potential fit with the Wizards. He plays small forward and the Wizards will probably need a few of those now that they have traded both Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre Jr. and probably won't re-sign Trevor Ariza. Reddish would also offer them a high-upside player, which they lack. 

Aside from John Wall and Bradley Beal, and despite the promise some of their young players have shown, no one else on their roster seems like a safe bet to be an All-Star someday. Reddish would give them a lottery ticket of sorts, the type of guy who could change the franchise if he reaches his ceiling.

Reddish, though, might present some of the same issues they had with Porter. Like Porter, he could struggle with getting his shots alongside Wall and Beal. Also, if the Wizards are ever going to win something of real consequence, they need a player or two who could someday surpass Wall and Beal. Porter was never able to do that and there are reasons to believe Reddish won't, either.

As far as small forwards go, both Barrett and De'Andre Hunter of Virginia may be better options for the Wizards. They seem like sure-bets and each offer something the Wizards are missing. But if both are gone, Reddish could very well be the best option.

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Raptors GM Masai Ujiri on staying in Toronto: 'In my mind, I'm here'

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri on staying in Toronto: 'In my mind, I'm here'

Just a few weeks ago, the Masai Ujiri-to-D.C. movement was gaining steam quickly. Just moments after Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors began celebrating their NBA Championship, reports began to swirl that the Wizards were prepared to aggressively pursue the GM.

Sources told NBC Sports Washington that there could be the possibility of a sort of mega-deal that went beyond just giving him control of the Wizards. But Wizards owner Ted  Leonsis denied earlier this month that the team had reached out, saying that "we have never planned in any way to ask for permission to speak to him during our process."

And on Tuesday, Uriji seemed to make it official that he will stay in Toronto.

"I love it here, my family loves it here. My wife loves it here, which is very important. My kids are Canadians. You want to win more, for me," Ujiri said on Tuesday during his end-of-season press conference.

"Yeah, I can continue to address teams wanting me and all those things. That's a blessing in life," Ujiri said. "For me the blessing is being wanted here and finding a place that makes you happy, and finding challenges that really make you grow as a person. This place has made me grow as a person."

"I identify with this place and I love it. So in my mind, I'm here."

On paper, Ujiri and the Wizards looked to be a good match. Washington could offer him money and control, while also allowing him to work with his "Basketball without Borders" program in D.C.

As NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh explained recently, the Raptors late-season championship run could have messed up the timing and situation that could have lured Ujiri to a new team.

The Wizards made it through the NBA Draft without a new GM, but as July and free agency approach, the search may continue to ramp up.

The answer is still out there, it just may not be Masai Ujiri anymore.

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Bradley Beal on Wizards draftee Rui Hachimura: 'He's a monster'

Bradley Beal on Wizards draftee Rui Hachimura: 'He's a monster'

The Wizards added two pieces during the 2019 NBA Draft that franchise expects to be vital pieces of their future in Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura at No. 9 and Tennessee's Admiral Schofield at No. 42

Before Monday night's 2018-19 NBA Awards ceremony, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller caught up with the two faces of the franchise, Bradley Beal and John Wall, to see what they thought of the new additions to the squad.

Beal had high praise for Hachimura.

"I didn't know much," Beal said on what he knew about the Gonzaga product prior to the draft. "But from what I've seen watching the draft and things I've seen pre-draft and things like that, he's a monster."

The praise did not stop there. 

"He plays hard, extremely hard," Beal said. "Hopefully, he can have an impact right away." 

While an immediate impact would be beneficial for a Wizards team that could use Hachimura's scoring (he averaged 19.7 points per game at Gonzaga), Beal understands that Hachimura is still a very raw player. After all, he's only been playing basketball for eight years.

"But at the same time, we want him to grow," Beal said on Hachimura. "We know he hasn't been playing too long. But that's something we can build off of and mold him into the player we need him to be. He has tremendous upside, and I'm excited to get going. Hopefully, come September, October he's ready to go."

While Beal may not have known too much about Hachimura, he had followed the other Wizards draft pick, Admiral Schofield, for quite some time. 

"I love his game; I loved him in college," Beal said on Schofield. 

Beal joked about Schofield's body type, wondering whether basketball is the sport the Wizards second-round pick should be playing.

"He's got a football body. He's built like a tight end, wide receiver," Beal said. "I'm definitely happy that we have him, a fellow SEC guy. Him and [Jordan] McRae are going to hit it off. He can shoot, he's athletic, so I'm definitely excited to have him as well."

While Wall did not go into as much detail as Beal about the Wizards draft class, he was just as excited about the two new additions.

"I think it's good," Wall said. "We added some pieces [in the draft], [we'll] see what we do in free agency to add some guys to bring back or we're going to go after somebody new. I think we'll be fine."

According to head coach Scott Brooks, both Beal and Wall can identify talent very well

"The thing I love about John and Brad: they love the game," Brooks said last week. "You can call them up, there could be high school players, WNBA players, it could be college players, it could be European players, they know them."

"It's like, 'don't you guys have a life?'" Brooks joked.

Wall spent most of his time with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller discussing his Achilles rehab, where he revealed he is going to begin jogging soon. That's a good sign for the Wizards, even though Wall s expected to miss the majority of the 2019-2020 season.

In Hachimura and Schofield, the Wizards got two pieces that are not expected to contribute right away, but also potentially have the ability to do so. Earning high praise from the two most important players on the Wizards' roster is a good start for both of the Wizards 2019 NBA Draft selections. 

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