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Chris Miller's top five wish-list for the Wizards at No. 9

Chris Miller's top five wish-list for the Wizards at No. 9

The next Wizards' GM isn't the only decision this offseason that's full of uncertainty. Washington currently holds the ninth pick in this years' draft and many are wondering just who'll wind up in Capital One Arena next season. NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller ranks the five prospects he believes could be available for the Wizards in the first round.

5. Nassir Little, PG, University of North Carolina

Height: 6-6

Weight: 225 lbs

Hometown: Orange Park, FL

The Skinny: Little's free throw percentage of 77.8 gives some organizations optimism about his ability to become a better mid-range and outside shooter. 

Chris' take: He didn't live up to his high school hype once he arrived at UNC, but played a very solid game. Look for him to activate his athleticism once he touches the NBA floor. Also, keep an eye out for his jump shot as it's been the point of emphasis throughout his offseason workouts. Little shot 47.8 percent from the field last season, and 26.9 percent from behind the arc. 

4. Sekou Doumbouya, F, Limoges CSP (France)

Height: 6-8

Weight: 230 lbs

Hometown: Conakry, Guinea

The Skinny: Doumbouya turns 19 on December 23rd, which would make him the youngest player to play in the NBA since the NBA’s draft age limit was introduced in 2005, breaking Giannis Antetokounmpo’s record in 2013.

Chris' take: Typically not a believer in the YouTube highlight clips of overseas guys, Chris found it eye-opening to see him drill 15-straight NBA three-pointers during a workout. He's only 18-years old, so he'll probably have another growth spurt, but the question looms: is he a "wait and see" project, or can he contribute right away?   

3. Keldon Johnson, F, University of Kentucky 

Height: 6-6

Weight: 215 lbs

Hometown: South Hill, VA

The Skinny: Johnson shot an impressive 38 percent from three and displayed supreme athleticism for the position. He has great physical tools.

Chris' take: He looks ready to play right away and could definitely steal some minutes from Scott Brooks. He's got "that dog" mentality, and it was on full display during the end of the season and into the NCAA tournament. If he's available at No. 9, he's the pick. 

2. De'Andre Hunter, F, University of Virginia 

Height: 6-7

Weight: 225 lbs

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

The Skinny: Standing 6-7 with a wingspan of at least 7-1, Hunter was widely renowned as the best man-defender in college basketball. He's a prototypical NBA three-and-D wing prospect. 

Chris' take: His best basketball happened in the second half of the National Championship game against Texas Tech. He's an extremely skilled player that's solid on both ends of the floor. His time with coach Tony Bennett at Virginia has him ready to transition defensively in the NBA, and he has some room to grow in terms of potential. 

1. Cameron Reddish, G, Duke University 

Height: 6-8

Weight: 210 lbs

Hometown: Norristown, PA

The Skinny: He averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game as a freshman for the Blue Devils. He was the third option on a team that featured two projected top-five picks in Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett.

Chris' take: Reddish has the best offensive skill set of anybody in the draft this year. He's currently recovering from soft-tissue surgery, but if healthy, he has all-star potential. He can't be a "sometime" player: one who plays once every five days. He's going to have to play every night and if he does, his ceiling is substantial. 

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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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