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5 things to know about Wizards' undrafted free agent signing Justin Robinson

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5 things to know about Wizards' undrafted free agent signing Justin Robinson

The Washington Wizards have signed undrafted free agent Justin Robinson of Virginia Tech, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

Robinson was a veteran leader of one of the best Hokies teams of all time, bringing physicality and three-point shooting to Blacksburg. The Wizards clearly saw something they liked in Robinson during his pre-draft workout in Washington. 

Here are five things to know about him:

1. A 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard from Virginia Tech, Robinson was a four-year starter for the Hokies. He was a key cog on one of the best teams in school history, averaging 13.5 points, 5.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds this past season.

2. Robinson is a physical player. He is built like a running back and uses his strength against smaller guards. He impressed in a pre-draft workout with the Wizards.

3. He is an excellent three-point shooter. Robinson shot 38.5 percent for his career from the perimeter, improving his percentage each year in school. He shot 41.8 percent as a senior on 4.1 attempts per game.

4. He committed to play for the Hokies because of a unique recruiting pitch from head coach Buzz Williams, Robinson told NBC Sports Washington at his workout with the Wizards. While every other college coach he talked to told him what he wanted to hear, that he would play a lot and the offense would run through him, Williams was honest and told Robinson he wasn't good enough to play in his rotation. Robinson and his family appreciated the honesty so much that he chose to play in Blacksburg.

5. Robinson was born in Manassas, Va. and went to high school in Hagerstown, Md. He was the Gatorade player of the year in Maryland as a senior.

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Report: NBA likely to use new All-Star format again, will discuss using it in G-League

Report: NBA likely to use new All-Star format again, will discuss using it in G-League

If you were a fan of the NBA's new format for the All-Star game, which featured a target score to decide the winner instead of a clock, you might be in luck. 

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the NBA is likely to use the target score format again in next year's All-Star game. The NBA's president of league operations Byron Spruell told Lowe it's a 'good assumption' we see this format again. 

In its maiden voyage, the target score was a smashing success. The NBA has struggled to make the All-Star game entertaining and intense enough for the best players in the world to try. By adding 24 points onto the leading team's score at the end of the third and saying, "First one to this number wins," it sparked the competitive fire in the league's biggest stars and made for an unforgettable basketball moment. 

The target score is very similar to the "Elam Ending," created by Ball State University professor Nick Elam. The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all event held over the summer, has used the Elam Ending for the last two years.

Chris Paul suggested using the format in the All-Star game to commissioner Adam Silver, and now the target score ending has a chance at making it to the G-League. 

Lowe also includes in the story that the NBA will discuss using the target score system in the G-League, the league's developmental league. However, concerns about making G-League play too different from play in the NBA make it unlikely for a full adaptation of the target score system. 

Spruell did say a possible first step would be using the system at the annual G-League Showcase, which usually takes place in December. 

To go even further down the rabbit hole of hypothetical changes to NBA games, the NBA will also reportedly discuss using target scores in the elimination rounds of a midseason tournament. In late December, the NBA propose massive schedule changes to the league's owners including shortening the regular season to 78 games and introducing a midseason tournament. 

The owners still have to approve the changes before any target scoring system can be implemented. 

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Wizards congratulate Marcin Gortat on retirement with tribute video

Wizards congratulate Marcin Gortat on retirement with tribute video

Following Marcin Gortat's retirement from basketball, the Wizards and Capitals made sure to congratulate him on wrapping up a 12-year career. 

Gortat spent five seasons with the Wizards from 2013-2018, averaging 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds during his time in D.C. He was a reliable roll man f next to John Wall and helped lead the team to four straight playoff appearances. 

After spending a short time with the Clippers last season, The "Polish Hammer" decided to retire earlier this week. He did not play in the NBA this year. 

Could there be a Gortat appreciation night at Capital One Arena sometime soon? Wizards fans probably wouldn't oppose. 

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