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5 things to know about Thomas Bryant, the Wizards' newest addition

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5 things to know about Thomas Bryant, the Wizards' newest addition

The Wizards addressed a pivotal weak spot on Monday evening, claiming center Thomas Bryant off waivers from the Lakers. 

The news came shortly after former Wizards big man Mike Scott inked a free-agent deal with the Clippers.

Bryant is entering his second year in the NBA, playing limited minutes through 15 games with the Lakers last year. The 20-year-old averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds over 4.8 minutes per game. 

Here are five things to know about new Wizards center Thomas Bryant.

1. He has barely played in the NBA his first season

Bryant played just 72 minutes his rookie season. He rode the bench behind Julius Randle, Brook Lopez and more, barely getting any chance to prove his worth. Obviously the numbers won’t look like this, but his per 36-minute stats would put him at 11.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and a block per game. That’s with him shooting just 38.1 percent from the floor. 

2. Bryant dominated in the G League

Though he barely played with the Lakers, Bryant played 37 games with the South Bay Lakers — LA’s G League affiliate. And there, Bryant was a star, being named to the All-NBA G League first team.

Over 30.7 minutes per game, Bryant scored 19.7 points and grabbed 7.4 rebounds per game. He also shot nearly 60 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from 3.

3. Bryant was a highly-touted high school recruit

Before entering his freshman year at Indiana, Bryant was ranked the No. 20 recruit in the country by ESPN. The Rochester, New York native almost committed to Syracuse but the Orange had been under investigation at the time — and eventually had scholarships vacated. 

Bryant’s mom said that her son ended up at Indiana because the SU program had been in chaos. But Bryant said that was a non-factor and he felt more comfortable at the IU campus. 

4. Bryant led the Hoosiers deep in the NCAA Tournament his freshman year

Bryant didn’t disappoint in his freshman year, shooting 68.3 percent from the field and putting together a steady 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds over 22.6 minutes per game. 

But Indiana didn’t stop there. The fifth-seeded Hoosiers made it to the Sweet 16 after dominating Chattanooga and upsetting fourth-seeded Kentucky. Bryant led all IU players in the upset win over the Wildcats with 19 points and five rebounds. 

Indiana’s magical run came to an end, however, at the hands of North Carolina. In the 15-point loss, Bryant scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to upset the top-seeded Tar Heels. 

Though he saw his time on the court increase his sophomore season (28.1 mpg), his shooting percentage dropped to 51.9 percent. He finished the year averaging 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game before declaring for the draft.

5. This is technically Bryant’s third NBA team 

Bryant was selected with the 42nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft — by the Utah Jazz. But quickly, he was shipped out. 

The big man was packaged alongside Josh Hart, the No. 30 overall pick, and sent to the Lakers for Tony Bradley, the No. 28 overall pick. 

Hart became an integral part of LA’s team last year, playing in 63 games and scoring 7.9 points per game on 46.9 percent shooting. 

Meanwhile, Bradley has played even less than Bryant — appearing in just nine games.


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Wizards vs. Trail Blazers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Trail Blazers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards head to the West Coast to open a road swing against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Wizards (0-2) are looking for their first win when the head into Portland to face Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers (2-0).

After this game, the Wizards have a tough stretch ahead of them before playing in D.C. again, playing at: Golden State, Sacramento, LA (Lakers) and Memphis.


What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat, 2018 NBA regular season Game 3
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
When: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Trail Blazers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Trail Blazers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the new MyTeams App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


8:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

9:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

9:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

10:00 PM: Wizards @ Portland Trail Blazers (LIVE)


Wizards: Dwight Howard remains day-to-day with a back injury.
Trail Blazers: None


Bradley Beal, Wizards: After becoming the Wizards franchise leader in 3 points on Saturday, it is likely Beal will have a lot to prove to help the team get its first win.

Otto Porter, Jr., Wizards: Porter has had a slow start, so will he take more shots in Portland?

Damian Lillard, Portland: The Blazers' star is leading the way this season averaging 28.5 ppg and 6.5 assists per game. 


Number of all-time Meetings: 111 games
Regular Season Record: Blazers lead 57-54
Last Meeting: Wizards won 106-92 in December 2017

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Dwight Howard 'out' for game vs. Trail Blazers, does not travel with team

Dwight Howard 'out' for game vs. Trail Blazers, does not travel with team

Due to an ongoing buttocks injury, Dwight Howard is listed as "out" for the Wizards' Monday night game in Portland against the Trail Blazers. Howard did not travel out west with the team for the five-game trip, according to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller.

The news comes just four days after Wizards head coach Scott Brooks told the media that Howard would "definitely" make the trip. 

The veteran power forward was signed to the Wizards on a two-year free-agent deal in July worth $11 million, but has missed the Wizards' first two games of the regular season and all five of the team's preseason games. 

In Howard's absence, Brooks has turned to Ian Mahinmi, but his foul trouble has proved worrisome for the Wizards' lineup so far.