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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Zion Williamson

2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Zion Williamson

2019 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Zion Williamson

School: Duke
Position: Forward
Age: 18
Height: 6-7
Weight: 285

Wingspan: 6-10
Max vertical: 45 in.
2018/19 stats: 22.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.8 bpg, 68.0 FG% (9.0/13.2), 33.8 3PT% (0.7/2.2), 64.0 FT%

Player comparison: Blake Griffin/Larry Johnson

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 1st, NBADraft.net 1st, Bleacher Report 1st, Sports Illustrated 1st, Ringer 1st

5 things to know:

1. He is the consensus No. 1 across all reputable mock drafts with Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett considered a distant second and third. Some years, there is no debate about who will go first. Williamson is in that category with LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, and John Wall, who were slam-dunk top picks in the years they came out.

2. He has a rare combination of power and explosiveness. There is only one player in the NBA who is heavier than him (Boban Marjanovic), yet Williamson has a vertical leap well above 40 inches and a first step that resembles a guard. He is not just a raw athlete, either. He has a well-rounded skillset and impressive basketball instincts. He can attack off the dribble, create in the post and control games defensively with the versatility to guard multiple positions.

3. Williamson is young for his grade. When he is drafted on June 20, he will only be 18 years old with his 19th birthday not until July 6. If he debuted last season, Williamson would have been the fifth-youngest player in the league.

4. He is not a perfect prospect. Williamson has one glaring weakness and that is his outside shot. He hit a modest 33.8 percent of his three-pointers and his 64 percent mark at the free throw line does not bode well. That said, Williamson did make 40 percent of his threes on 2.5 attempts over his last 20 games in college. And even if he doesn't develop an outside shot, he still has the tools to be a star at the NBA level. It just may dictate the type of supporting cast needed around him.

5. Williamson was only the third freshman in NCAA history to win the Naismith player of the year award. The other two were Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis. That is excellent company to be in when it comes to NBA prospects.

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Rui Hachimura opens up about his love for Japanese reality show 'Terrace House'

Rui Hachimura opens up about his love for Japanese reality show 'Terrace House'

For Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese born player to be drafted in the first round of the NBA, finding ways to stay comfortable during the challenges not only as a rookie in the NBA, but during these weird times, can be a challenge. Luckily, a hit Japanese television show has allowed Hachimura to "relieve stress" and "forget about everything," according to a new article in the New York Times.

Hachimura sat down with Scott Cacciola of the New York Times recently to discuss how he finds comfort and meaning in the reality show, "Terrace House".  

There have been five seasons of "Terrace House," and Hachimura said he has watched every single one, multiple times. The premise of the show is as follows, according to the Netflix description: "Six strangers share a fabulous house in Tokyo, looking for love while living under the same roof. With no script, what happens next is up to them."

“It’s so different than other reality shows,” Hachimura told Cacciola. “It’s the one reality show where everything is actually real.”

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Hachimura, according to the story, began watching the show when he was a student at Gonzaga. He's far from the only fan of the show - it has its own subreddit, has been celebrated for the food content shown on it and dubbed by more than one publication as the perfect reality show to watch to relax.

After being drafted last June, Hachimura had the opportunity to take his fandom to another level and be a part of the show, when he filled in as a guest commentator for two episodes - 13 and 14 of “Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 (you can watch those on Netflix now). 

"I've been a longtime fan of Terrace House," he told the enthusiastic cast members during his appearance. "I've watched it from the beginning. I got many offers from other shows on this trip, but I declined all of them."

He went on to break down his favorite moments in past "Terrace House" seasons. "I've always wanted to be on this show," he said.

The moral of the story is if you've run out of things to watch during this quarantine, be like your favorite rookie and watch "Terrace House." You've got nothing but time. 

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Isaiah Thomas shows off impressive collection of signed jerseys

Isaiah Thomas shows off impressive collection of signed jerseys

Like most sports fanatics, Isaiah Thomas has accumulated quite the jersey collection. The difference between him and the rest of us? He met all the people who's signed jerseys are hanging on his wall. 

Thomas showed off his collection to Chris Miller (watch above) as a part of his interview on the Wizards Talk Podcast, and we're going to go through it with him. 

First, he showed off his non-basketball collection, featuring Ken Griffey Jr., David Ortiz Tom Brady and Sidney Crosby. It's anyone's guess how he came across a dreaded Crosby jersey, but it's safe to assume he got the Brady and Ortiz jerseys from his time in Boston and his Griffey from his roots in Seattle. 

Continuing with the Seattle theme, Thomas turned to two Sonics legends in Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and Kevin Durant. Thomas has been one of the biggest advocates for the NBA returning to Seattle, and bringing up the days of Payton and Kemp would make anyone miss the Sonics. 

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Next up, former Wizards teammate John Wall, Derrick Rose, Vince Carter, Muggsy Bogues, one of the best small guards to ever play, Brandon Roy and Jamal Crawford. 

Then, Thomas moved to his "Hitter List." It's a wall consisting of Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Damon Stoudemire and James Harden. 

"Those are killers right there," Thomas said.

So, the main takeaway here? Thomas has a jersey collection that would make anyone jealous and he still has plenty of time to add to it before his career is over. That's when we might need a follow-up video to see the complete collection. 

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