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2019 NBA Draft Simulation: Texas Tech Jarrett Culver could slip to the Wizards at No. 9

2019 NBA Draft Simulation: Texas Tech Jarrett Culver could slip to the Wizards at No. 9

The 2019 NBA Draft is offically 10 days away, and anything could happen. So I'm donning my general manager hat to run through several draft scenarios for the Wizards. 

This time around, a potential top-5 pick took a tumble right into their lap. 

First, here's how picks one through eight went in this simulation: 

1. New Orleans - Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
2. Memphis - Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
3. New York - RJ Barrett, SG, Duke
4. Los Angeles - De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia  
5. Cleveland - Cam Reddish, SF, Duke  
6. Phoenix - Coby White, SG, UNC
7. Chicago - Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
8. Atlanta - Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas

There's a name missing from that list. It's a name the Wizards should run as fast as they can to draft if he falls to No. 9.

Jarrett Culver.

The Wizards need versatility, especially with a roster that has plenty of holes to fill, but not a ton of money to go around, and the Texas Tech sophomore fits the mold.

You get defense, solid shooting — although, a bit streaky at times — and even dependable ball handling.

Culver was asked to do more than he likely will at the NBA level, so at just 20 years old, he'll have a chance to really settle into his strengths and grow from there.

Instead of being asked to be a No. 1 option, he'll be tasked with defending and hitting open jumpers in a reserve role. 

His 3-point percentage dipped from 38.2 his freshman season to 30.4 last year, but Culver can be the ever-important, do-everything swingman in Washington if put in the position to succeed at his pace. 

If this draft scenario plays out, the Wizards are in a great position with Culver on the board. 

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Former Wizard Paul Pierce among NBA, WNBA stars to play in HORSE challenge

Former Wizard Paul Pierce among NBA, WNBA stars to play in HORSE challenge

As sports fans grip with the suspension of the NBA due to the coronavirus outbreak, the league has done its best to fill the basketball-sized void. On Thursday, it announced the latest part of that initiative: a HORSE competition.

The league will host its first-ever HORSE Challenge with eight players from the NBA and WNBA participating in a single-elimination tournament. On behalf of the participants, sponsor State Farm is donating $200,000 to charities assisting those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Wizards forward Paul Pierce is among the NBA’s representatives, which also include Trae Young, Chris Paul, Mike Conley Jr., Zach LaVine and Chauncey Billups. Three-time WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Tamika Catchings round out the field.

There are a few rules. Dunking won’t be allowed, and players must call the type of shot they’re taking before shooting—such as bank or swish. A coin flip will determine which player shoots first, with the elder player calling heads or tails.

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On April 12, four quarterfinal matchups will be played on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Young and Billups will open up the competition, followed by Catchings vs. Conley Jr., LaVine vs. Pierce and Paul vs. Quigley. The semifinal and championship matchups will then be played April 16.

It’s no NBA playoff game, but basketball fans will take what they can get amid the state of the world. As the league continues to monitor the situation and examine ways to salvages the 2019-20 season, fans have this HORSE competition to help get them through this global pandemic.

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NBA reportedly close to televising a HORSE competition while players are in isolation

NBA reportedly close to televising a HORSE competition while players are in isolation

While we wait for the 2019-20 NBA season to return from suspension, the league may have found another way to entertain us. 

Last week, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the NBA was working on televising a H-O-R-S-E competition featuring several high-profile players. 

In this case, players would shoot by themselves, presumably at their homes, and go shot-for-shot with other players remotely. The great thing about H-O-R-S-E is all you need to be able to do is shoot, leaving the door open for former players like Paul Pierce to get in on the fun. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, the NBA and ESPN's deal to televise H-O-R-S-E is nearing completion with a number of NBA stars on board to compete, per Wojnarowski. Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zach LaVine are expected to participate while the competition will also include WNBA players and a few recent NBA alumni. 

This wouldn't be the first time we've seen NBA players playing H-O-R-S-E on television. Back in 2010, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Omri Casspi played each other in H-O-R-S-E as a part of All-Star weekend. As you'd expect, Durant won. 

This follows the NBA kickstarting the first-ever NBA 2K Players Tournament Friday, where 16 NBA stars play each other in an NBA 2K20 tournament for charity. Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell, Trae Young and Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura headline the event that is expected to run until April 11. 

According to Woj, the details on the H-O-R-S-E competition are still being finalized with the league and ESPN, who'd ultimately air the event. 

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