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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Sekou Doumbouya

2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Sekou Doumbouya

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: Sekou Doumbouya

Country: France
Position: Forward
Age: 18
Height: 6-9
Weight: 230
Wingspan: 6-11
Max vertical: N/A

2018/19 stats: 7.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.5 bpg, 48.2 FG% (3.0/6.3), 34.3 3PT% (0.9/2.5), 79.3 FT% (LNB Pro A)

Player comparison: Stephen Jackson, Al Thornton

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 12th, NBADraft.net 13th, Bleacher Report 11th, Sports Illustrated 9th, Ringer 9th

5 things to know:

1. Doumbouya is an intriguing athlete with a versatile offensive game. He is 6-9, yet has perimeter skills to complement a strong frame he uses to finish with power. If Doumbouya reaches his potential in the NBA, he could be a serious match-up problem for opposing teams.

2. Few players offer as many unknowns as Doumbouya, given the competition he has played against. He was in France's top league, the LNB Pro A, but that is a few rungs below the Euroleague where guys like Luka Doncic and Tomas Satoransky cut their teeth. Because of this, Doumbouya's stock could vary depending on how he does in pre-draft workouts, when teams get to see him up close and against other NBA prospects. That is, of course, assuming he participates in a lot of those. Doncic declined all pre-draft workouts last summer.

3. Doumbouya is the youngest player expected to be taken in this year's draft class. He is only 18 years old and won't turn 19 until Dec. 23, midway through his rookie season. That means he will have another six months of being 18 after draft night.

4. He by most accounts has potential as a shooter. Doumbouya shot 34.3 percent from three with his French team, Limoges, and evaluators believe his mechanics will mostly translate to the next level. His three-point shooting may take some time to develop, however. Like most draft prospects, he has to get better at shooting off the dribble and creating his own shot.

5. Doumbouya's best moments come in transition. His athleticism gives him an adantage on both ends of the floor on fastbreaks and he has the ability to finish well above the rim. That will be put to the test at the NBA level, however, against much better athletes than he is used to competing against.

Fit with Wizards:

Doumbouya is the type of player the Wizards will want to take a very close look at in their pre-draft evaluation process. In some ways, he is exactly what they need. 

He plays forward, has a very high ceiling and projects to be a plus-defensive player. He would add strength and athleticism to their defense and speed to their fastbreak attack. It's easy to see how someday he could flourish in the open court with John Wall feeding him the ball.

The Wizards, though, like every other team in his range, will have to determine the bust potential for Doumbouya. At his age and with his relatively raw skill set, he also may take some time to develop.

We may not be able to get a great read on what Doumbouya will ultimately become for three or four years. Can the Wizards wait that long?

More 2019 NBA Draft Profiles:

- Nickiel Alexander-Walker
- R.J. Barrett
- Bol Bol
- Brandon Clarke
- Jarrett Culver
- Bruno Fernando
- Darius Garland
- Rui Hachimura
- Jaxson Hayes
- De'Andre Hunter
- Keldon Johnson
- Romeo Langford
- Nassir Little
- Ja Morant
- KZ Okpala
- Cam Reddish
- Zion Williamson

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Isaiah Thomas expected to miss several more games due to calf injury

Isaiah Thomas expected to miss several more games due to calf injury

WASHINGTON -- Isaiah Thomas has missed the Wizards' last two games with a left calf strain and it sounds like he will be out at least a little while longer.

The Wizards guard caught up with NBC Sports Washington at his holiday toy giveaway at the Boys and Girls Club in Northwest D.C. on Saturday and gave an update on how he's feeling.

"I'm good," he said. "I think I will be out a few more games and then be able to come back."

Thomas nearly played on Thursday in the Wizards' home win over the Sixers, according to head coach Scott Brooks. He pleaded with the coaching staff to play, but was advised not to as a precaution.

Thomas categorized the injury in a similar way, that the team is just playing it safe.

"I always feel like I can play, but the medical staff wants to be cautious about it, knowing it's a long season. There's a bigger picture and I'm just listening to whatever they've got to say," he said.

Thomas, 30, is enjoying a career renaissance of sorts with the Wizards. He is averaging 12.6 points and 5.1 assists while shooting 41 percent from three on 4.9 attempts per game.

With Thomas out, the Wizards have gone 1-1 with Ish Smith in his place in the starting lineup.

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Why Isaiah Thomas brings his kids to help him at charity events

Why Isaiah Thomas brings his kids to help him at charity events

WASHINGTON -- Isaiah Thomas likes to bring his sons with him just about wherever he goes. They walk with him into the Wizards' locker room, they shoot around on the court at Capital One Arena; he's even brought them to the podium for postgame interviews.

On Saturday, Thomas brought one of his sons to the Boys and Girls Club on 8th St. in Northwest Washington and for a specific reason. Thomas wanted him to help give back.

Just as Thomas was handing out toys to underprivileged youth, so was his son. The contrast was not lost on Thomas, who knows his son is well off as the kid of a millionaire NBA player. Not everyone is as fortunate.

"When I can do these types of things, I always want my kids to be around it," Thomas told NBC Sports Washington. 

"To be able to give back and see how blessed we are and how blessed he is and how we can put smiles on peoples' faces, especially around the holidays; it's definitely a point of emphasis to do that and bring my boys around to see it."

Thomas said his father instilled the same lessons in him when he was growing up in Washington state. Every Saturday morning at 6 a.m., his dad would take him to a shelter to serve breakfast to the homeless.

"That was something I was born into doing," Thomas said.

Thomas grew up going to the Boys and Girls Club himself and has partnered with them and World Vision throughout his NBA career to give back. Their efforts nationally have allowed him to continue the relationship no matter which team he has played for.

"Isaiah Thomas has been an amazing partner for World Vision," aid worker Brian Duss said. "Isaiah wasn't even in D.C. four days before he partnered with us at a school in [Southeast] to give away 400 backpacks filled with school supplies."

Before handing out toys and taking pictures with the children, Thomas addressed the crowd with a microphone. He spoke of his experience going to the Boys and Girls Club as a kid and explained the impact he hopes to make in the D.C. community.

"Whatever you need from me, I'm always here for you," he said. "I hope everyone has a happy holidays."

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