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Jerome Robinson believes Wizards are perfect fit, hopes to learn from Bradley Beal

Jerome Robinson believes Wizards are perfect fit, hopes to learn from Bradley Beal

WASHINGTON -- Albert Einstein and Leonhard Euler became famous for their mathematical formulas. Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard appears to have found one that works for him.

Cap space + castoff from a contender = potential diamond in the rough

That equation has helped transform the Wizards' roster with the acquisitions of Thomas Bryant, Moe Wagner and Isaac Bonga. And now a new candidate has emerged via that path; shooting guard Jerome Robinson whom the Wizards brought in last week in a trade with the L.A. Clippers.

The Clippers chose Robinson with the 13th overall pick just 19 months ago, in the 2018 NBA Draft. It was a loaded draft class, which suggests he could have been picked even higher in an average year.

Robinson, 22, languished in L.A., playing only spot minutes behind a crowded group of wings headlined by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. But in Washington, the minutes should be there. With the exit of Jordan McRae to Denver, Robinson could be the primary back-up to Bradley Beal.

"Experience, that's what you really learn from," Robinson said. "To grow as a player and a person, I think this is a great step for me right here."

Robinson compared the situation to his choice to play at Boston College. Coming out of high school in 2015, he had offers to play for more successful programs and other teams deep with upperclassmen. But he chose BC for the opportunity to play meaningful minutes right away.

"I went somewhere where I could just fight it out and battle with the best. I felt like the older I got, I had more experience," he said.

Part of that in Washington, Robinson believes, will be through observing Beal. He is going to be the back-up for a two-time All-Star who has now signed two max contract extensions.

Robinson is already getting on Beal's good side. He remarked during his first meeting with the media that he thinks Beal was "snubbed" from the All-Star team.

"He brings it every night and I know he's going to bring it every day at practice as well. Going hard and going back and forth at him, it's just going to make me better. I have no problem with that. It's something to look forward to," Robinson said.

Just like Wagner, the Wizards were high on Robinson in the 2018 predraft process before he was ultimately selected by another team. They brought him in for a workout at their facility and both sides came away impressed and comfortable with the potential fit.

"To be honest, I thought they were going to get me. I didn't know where I was going to get picked. I knew I was in that range, but I had a great meeting with them. It seemed like they really liked me. We had great conversations. My agent told me that they were really high on me," Robinson said.

Robinson ended up being off the board when the Wizards picked at 15. They went with Troy Brown Jr. out of Oregon.

Now, both are on the same team and developing in the same program, as the Wizards continue to collect young players with upside.

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With Zion Williamson next, a look at NBA phenoms' first games against the Wizards

With Zion Williamson next, a look at NBA phenoms' first games against the Wizards

The Wizards are expected to get their first look at No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson on Friday night as they battle the New Orleans Pelicans at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. This should be their first glimpse of the phenom in any type of game, though they were supposed to see him last summer in Las Vegas, if you recall. Williamson hurt his knee in a previous Summer League game that was famously cancelled due to an earthquake.

There was anticipation then and there is plenty of it now, as Williamson has since become a sensation in the NBA. Though he has only played in 23 games, he has already done some extraordinary things. Williamson is averaging 22.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in just 27.9 minutes.

Against the Kings on Thursday night, Williams had 24 points on 12 shots in 21 minutes. His efficiency is not the type of stuff you see often, especially for a rookie.

And those are just the numbers. Anyone who has watched him play can attest to the unusual athletic gifts that he has.

"Explosive. Just dynamic," Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said. "His athleticism is off the charts. His second jump is as good as everybody's first jump. He's a quick jumper. He's going to be a problem. He's going to be a problem for a lot of years. It's impressive what he's done in the limited minutes that he's played here."

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Williamson may be one of a kind with his strength, first step and leaping ability, but he's just the latest in a long line of star prospects to reach the NBA level. As he gets set to face the Wizards, here is a look at how some other rookie phenoms have fared in their first games against the franchise...

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (MIL) - Nov. 9, 1969

24 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 10-22 FG, 48 minutes; Bullets won by 11

Larry Bird (BOS) - Oct. 19, 1979

12 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 6-14 FG, 22 minutes; Celtics won by 37

Magic Johnson (LAL) - Jan. 9, 1980

14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, block, steal, 4-6 FG, 26 minutes; Bullets won by 2

Michael Jordan (CHI) - Oct. 26, 1984 (NBA debut)

16 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 steals, 5-16 FG, 40 minutes; Bulls won by 16

Shaquille O'Neal (ORL) - Nov. 7, 1992 

22 points, 15 rebounds, 4 blocks, 8-16 FG, 40 minutes; Magic won by 5

Allen Iverson (PHI) - March 4, 1997

18 points, 13 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 7-20 FG, 45 minutes; Bullets won by 1

Tim Duncan (SAS) - Nov. 26, 1997

18 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks, 5 turnovers, 9-15 FG, 41 minutes; Wizards won by 4

LeBron James (CLE) - Nov. 8, 2003

17 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds, steal, block, 8-19 FG, 44 minutes; Cavs won by 13

Kevin Durant (SEA) - Jan. 6, 2008

19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 7-12 FG, 35 minutes; Wizards won by 22

Derrick Rose (CHI) - Dec. 6, 2008

15 points, 8 assists, 2 steals, 6-12 FG, 37 minutes; Bulls won by 7

Blake Griffin (LAC) - March 12, 2011

26 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 8-17 FG, 30 minutes; Clippers won by 21

Luka Doncic (DAL) - Nov. 6, 2018

23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, steal, 9-16 FG, 33 minutes; Mavericks won by 19

Ja Morant (MEM) - Dec. 14, 2019

18 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, block, 5-11 FG, 28 minutes; Grizzlies won by 17

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76ers' Ben Simmons diagnosed with partial dislocation of the left kneecap

76ers' Ben Simmons diagnosed with partial dislocation of the left kneecap

After exiting the 76ers-Wizards matchup early Wednesday night, Ben Simmons was diagnosed with subluxation of the left patella on Thursday.

Simmons left the game during the third quarter and did not return. The injury occurred after he grabbed an offensive rebound and dribbled to the corner to pass to Al Horford in the post. Following the play, he began flexing his left leg and left for the locker room. Simmons was seen walking gingerly in street clothes minutes later.  

Before leaving the game, Simmons recorded eight points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes.

Simmons’ diagnosis of a partially dislocated kneecap leaves him out indefinitely as he and the team consider treatment options. He has already been ruled out of Philadelphia’s game against the Orlando Magic on Friday. However, his MRI showed no ligament damage in the knee, which leaves him optimistic to return later in the playoffs.

His knee injury is not the only injury Simmons has had to overcome this season. He also missed the final eight games before the NBA’s hiatus with a nerve impingement in his lower back, but fully recovered before the restart began.

Playing without an All-Star player will be a challenge for Philadelphia, but the team has proven successful thus far in Orlando. The Sixers have gone 2-1 in the bubble and currently trail the Indiana Pacers by one game for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and are two games behind the Miami Heat for fourth. 

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