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2020 NBA Draft: Tyrese Maxey would cushion a Wizards strength if drafted

2020 NBA Draft: Tyrese Maxey would cushion a Wizards strength if drafted

The Washington Wizards are likely to have a lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...

2020 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Tyrese Maxey

Team: Kentucky
Position: Guard
Age: 19
Height: 6-3
Weight: 198
Wingspan: 6-6

2019/20 stats: 31 G, 34.5 mpg, 14.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.2 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.4 bpg, 42.7 FG% (4.8/11.3), 29.2 3PT% (1.1/3.6), 83.3 FT%

Player comparison: Kyle Lowry, less-accurate Tyler Herro

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 12th, Sports Illustrated 10th, Ringer 9th, NBADraft.net 8th, Bleacher Report 12th

5 things to know:

*Maxey is an extremely dynamic scorer who can finish at all three levels. He's a knock-down shooter from the outside but has the body control and strength to finish at the rim. A knock on him is his low release, which is sometimes slow and often leads to his inaccuracy from the field. His 29% 3-point shooting is low for a team to take a chance on a smaller guard. Most importantly though, his percentages seem to go up in clutch moments.

*There were three point guards on Kentucky's roster last season, including Maxey. As a result, the 6-foot-3 guard played as the two-guard in most lineups and occasionally served as a ballhandler. In college, it was a challenge for him to create space for himself. He best fits in an off-the-ball type setting predicated on constant movement and the motion offense. 

*Even before Maxey made it to Kentucky he got some valuable feedback from an NBA star. Marcus Smart worked out with the then 17-year-old Maxey and gave him a nice shoutout on Twitter.


*Maxey is a huge Marvel fan and has not missed a single movie in the franchise. Before the season started, he compared all of his Kentucky teammates to Marvel characters. He chose Spiderman for himself. 

*In his collegiate debut, he quickly displayed his scoring ability by putting up 26 points against Michigan State. There was a stretch where he scored or assisted on 14 straight points. For the long and talent-filled history of Kentucky, only one other player has scored that many points in their first game. 

Fit with Wizards: 

The Wizards have to assume they already have their version of Maxey in Bradley Beal and Troy Brown Jr. Playmaking off-the-ball guards who also have a background as facilitators. There are much bigger areas of need for the team, especially in the post, finding a long-term back-up point guard and wing depth. 

None of those holes would be where Maxey would fit on the team. Still, a team can never have too many competent ballhandlers that can score.

Maxey would just add another piece to where Washington already has a strength.

He would be an improvement for the Wizards' defensive efforts. Maxey has a high basketball IQ that makes him a phenomenal off-ball defender. However, he is limited in how he cannot guard well enough outside of the guard position. 

Like many of the other top-end lottery prospects, he could likely contribute from day one and make the roster for the new season. Assuming Beal and John Wall are relied on in the same capacity from Scott Brooks though, Maxey would be buried down the depth chart. A lot of his offensive upside is dependent on his touches because his numbers don't exactly jump off the page. Washington would likely want him to shore up his shooting motion as well before giving him meaningful minutes.

If the Wizards are picking ninth or higher, there really doesn't appear to be a scenario where they take the Kentucky SG. There are just too many other immediate needs that can be addressed.

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New Brooklyn Net Michael Beasley sent home from Orlando bubble after testing positive for coronavirus

New Brooklyn Net Michael Beasley sent home from Orlando bubble after testing positive for coronavirus

Brooklyn Nets' newest acquisition, and Prince George's County native, Michael Beasley has been sent home from Orlando after testing positive for coronavirus, The Atletic's Shams Charania reports.


Beasley never made it onto the Nets practice court, according to Houston Rockets reporter Kelly Iko. He arrived at the team's hotel, passed a physical examination, and then needed to test negative for coronavirus for six consecutive days before he would be cleared to join the team. 

He was never cleared. 


It is unclear if or when Beasley will return to the bubble after this diagnosis. 

The Nets have been scrambling to put together a team ready to play in Orlando after they've lost half of their roster due to players opting-out or previous injuries.

The NBA released an official statement yesterday evening stating that of the 322 players tested for COVID-19 since arriving on the NBA Campus July 7, two have returned confirmed positive tests while in quarantine.

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5 teams that could be hurt most by the NBA's long break, including the Clippers and Raptors

5 teams that could be hurt most by the NBA's long break, including the Clippers and Raptors

Most of the questions you seem to hear about the NBA's long hiatus in between games this season involve which teams could be helped by it. Like, who benefitted most from the break and how does that affect the title odds?

But the break is likely to hurt some teams as well and not only the eight who had their seasons prematurely cut short when they were not invited to Disney World. Here are five teams that probably would have been better off if the season just kept rolling...


One of the ways the break could hurt a team is if that team was playing really well before things came to a halt. The Raptors had the longest win streak in the NBA at the time the hiatus began (four games), and the best record in East over the previous 15 games (11-4). According to Basketball Reference's archive, they also had no significant injuries to report.

Things were shaping up well for Toronto and they were starting to create some distance between them, the No. 2 seed in the East, and the Celtics. Getting the two-seed would have been important in a normal postseason, as it usually means home court advantage until the conference finals.


The Clippers could be dinged by the break in two ways. One is that their entire season was carefully designed around the load management of Kawhi Leonard. They were playing the long game, sitting him out here and there, hoping it would help keep him fresh for the playoffs. Now, those efforts have no real bearing on the present. Every team and every player should be well-rested after so much time off. 

The other way the break could be bad for the Clippers is how it may have helped the Lakers, their biggest competitor in the Western Conference. The months off gave an aging Lakers team time to rest and heal up. That means we should see the best version of LeBron James (35), Dwight Howard (34), Danny Green (33), JaVale McGee (32) and others. Plus, the rest could mean Anthony Davis won't be banged up come playoff time like he has been in the past.



Denver is a team that could have been helped by the Lakers entering the postseason tired, as they are younger and might need some breaks to emerge through what appears to be an L.A. stronghold on the West. The Nuggets also had some trouble with players getting coronavirus and/or not making the trip to Orlando.

Nikola Jokic, their best player, got Covid-19 and still hasn't joined the team at Disney World. They also have yet to see Gary Harris, Torrey Craig and Michael Porter Jr. And there has been some speculation about Monte Morris' whereabouts. Remember, the Nuggets also had to shut down their practice facility due to a coronavirus scare not long before teams traveled to Orlando. 


The Kings are one of the teams that was playing some of their best basketball of the season right when things got crazy in mid-March and the league pressed pause. They were 10-5 in their previous 15 games, a stretch that not only vaulted them into the playoff race, but could have made the difference in them getting invited in the first place.

Maybe they were peaking too soon. Maybe it was a mirage. But for a young team that had disappointed so far this season compared to last, it seemed like they were finally hitting their stride. They also had some coronavirus cases of their own and, like the Nuggets, had to shut down their facilities. One piece of good news for Sacramento, though, is that Marvin Bagley III had time to heal his foot.


The Grizzlies had played themselves into the postseason picture before the break began, leaving things off at 32-33 with the eight-seed in the West. Now they go to Orlando with an adjusted playoff format and teams only needing to get within four games of them to force a play-in tournament.

That's not good for them and neither is the fact the New Orleans Pelicans, the 10th-seed, have reasons to suggest the break was really good for them. The Pelicans came out of it with a trimmed down Zion Williamson and a favorable schedule. Can Memphis hang on?

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