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Pistons name Thunder executive and DC native Troy Weaver as general manager

Pistons name Thunder executive and DC native Troy Weaver as general manager

The Detroit Pistons have hired Oklahoma City Thunder VP of basketball operations and Washington, D.C., native Troy Weaver as the team's next general manager, they announced Thursday.

The deal is for four years, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Weaver will become the NBA's ninth active Black general manager.

“It’s an honor for me to join a franchise with the history and tradition of the Detroit Pistons,” Weaver said in the statement. “I’m excited for the challenge of building this team into a consistent winner and assembling the pieces to compete at a very high level. We’ll get to work right away, evaluating opportunities and installing systems that will make us all successful.”

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Weaver, who has spent the last 12 years with the Thunder franchise, has long been considered one of the best talent evaluators in basketball after playing a huge part in building the Thunder into a perennial contender. The Wizards hosted him for multiple interviews for their GM job last year before lifting the interim title from current GM Tommy Sheppard.

A graduate of Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md., Weaver started his basketball career locally as coach and co-founder of the DC Assault AAU program. He helped guide DC Assault to an 85-17 record during his tenure and reached the 1996 AAU Tournament of Champions. 

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Weaver joined the Thunder in 2008, spending time as GM Sam Presti's vice president/assistant GM before assuming his most recent role. Prior to the Thunder, Weaver spent four years with the Utah Jazz.

Before the Jazz job, Weaver spent time as a coach in the college ranks. He was an assistant coach at Syracuse from 2000-04, which included the national championship team led by Carmelo Anthony in 2003. Weaver was the primary recruiter for Anthony, and has said he would've brought Kevin Durant to Syracuse had he not left for the NBA. Weaver also was as an assistant at New Mexico and Pittsburgh.

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When is the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery? Date, Time, TV Channel, Online Stream, Draft Order

When is the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery? Date, Time, TV Channel, Online Stream, Draft Order

Amid the longest regular season in NBA history, the offseason shenanigans begin (for some). The NBA Draft Lottery! 

Now granted, no players will be selected during the lottery and no team's future is decided. There will be no trades and not even every team will participate. It simply states the draft order based on a flurry of ping pong balls. Still, it is one of the most intriguing dates on the NBA's calendar.

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery tips off the offseason's festivities on Thursday, August 20, even though a lot of teams will still be starting playoff competition. Teams will then know their fate and can begin preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft. 

Only the 14 teams that did not play in the postseason will partake in the NBA Draft Lottery — the final lottery slot will be determined at the conclusion of the Portland Trailblazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA playoffs play-in tournament which begins Saturday, August 15th at 2:30 p.m.

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will be televised live on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET. 

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When is the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery?

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery is Thursday, August 20. This event sets up the draft order for the 2020 NBA Draft on October 16. 

This year's draft lottery will be hosted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What is the NBA Draft Lottery?

The NBA Draft Lottery is a process to determine the draft order for the non-playoff teams in the upcoming NBA Draft. Based on a team's record in the 2019-20 regular season, they receive odds to land certain picks in the draft. 

This year there is a new system factoring in the pick order. The worst three teams in the NBA all will have the same odds (14 percent) to get the top pick in the draft. This is the first year under this structure is used to prevent teams from entirely tanking at the end of the year. The odds descend from there as the teams' records get better in relation to their placement in the standings. 

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The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will be held virtually on Thursday, August 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

You can also stream the draft on the ESPN or WatchESPN apps. 

What are the Wizards Lottery Odds?

Washington has the ninth-best odds in the lottery, which means they have a chance to select anywhere from 1-4 and 9-13. The most realistic scenario would be the team selecting ninth overall with their odds at 50.7 percent in said slot.

It's worthy to note that if any of the five teams below them jump, there is a chance they could slide below nine. Washington has a 25.9percent chance of picking 10th, 3.0 percent chance of picking 11th and a 0.1-or-less percent chance of picking either 12th or 13th.

NBA Draft Lottery Probabilities:

1. Golden State Warriors (15-50) - 14 percent
2. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-46) - 14 percent
3. Minnesota Timberwolves (19-45) - 14 percent
4. Atlanta Hawks (20-47) - 12.5 percent
5. Detroit Pistons (20-45) - 10.5 percent
6. New York Knicks (21-45) - 9 percent
7. Chicago Bulls (22-43) - 7.5 percent
8. Charlotte Hornets (23-42) - 6 percent
9. Washington Wizards (25-47) - 4.5 percent
10. Phoenix Suns (34-49) - 3 percent
11. San Antonio Spurs (32-39) - 2 percent
12. New Orleans Pelicans (30-42) - 1.3 percent
13. Sacramento Kings (31-41) - 1.2 percent
14. Memphis Grizzlies (34-39)/Portland Trailblazers (35-39) - 0.5 percent

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What Wizards learned in the bubble about their offseason needs

What Wizards learned in the bubble about their offseason needs

The Wizards got a better idea of what to go shopping for this offseason based on their eight games in the bubble. Here is what they learned...

Bryant is capable of good defense

It wasn't perfect, he had some ups and downs, but Thomas Bryant showed more defensively during the Wizards' eight games in Orlando than he had previously in his Wizards career. He even earned some really high praise from head coach Scott Brooks following their loss to Joel Embiid and the Sixers, which Brooks called the best defensive game he has ever seen Bryant play. 

Bryant finished with some encouraging numbers. He averaged 2.0 blocks per game and held his match-ups to 45% from the field, down from his 48.7% season clip. Embiid went just 3-for-11 against Bryant, for example. Bryant's 14.9 contested shots per game were up considerably from his season average (10.3/g) and would rank fourth in the NBA if held over a full season (Robin Lopez, Rudy Gobert, DeAndre Ayton). 

Now the question is how much Bryant can be asked to solve the team's desperate and years-long need for rim protection. He had a good stretch, but can he do that over a full season? The Wizards would probably be smart to still look for help in that area. They may be able to find it in the draft with James Wiseman of Memphis, if they have some lottery luck, or Onyeka Okongwu of USC if they don't move up.

Brown can play some PG, but how much?

Troy Brown Jr. had an odd trajectory in Orlando where he started out really well and then struggled late. He thrived early on as a playmaker on the wing and did enough to earn some time exclusively at point guard. But while playing point guard, his production dropped off.

All in all, it was a strong showing for Brown in the bubble. He averaged 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He just didn't score efficiently, as evidenced by his ugly 37.9 field goal percentage. He shot 25.4 percent in the final two games while starting at point.

Brown, though, arguably did enough to earn some time on the ball next season. Exactly how much of that responsibility the Wizards can offer is unclear. John Wall will be back as the starting point guard and they have Ish Smith also returning. At the very least, maybe the Wizards can skip past the need for a third point guard and count Brown among their options. He could back up Wall and Smith and if Wall needs to sit for rest, like for back-to-backs, Brown can move into the top-two point guard rotation and maybe even start there.

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Robinson may solve a problem at back-up SG

Jerome Robinson had the best stretch of his career while playing in Orlando in what was his first extended offering of playing time. He averaged 14.8 points while shooting 36.7 percent from three on 6.1 attempts. The numbers may not show it, but he also had some encouraging moments on defense when he was asked to take on some tough defensive assignments, like Devin Booker of the Suns.

Robinson displayed enough to be given a good look this fall as Bradley Beal's primary back-up at the shooting guard spot. Brooks even mentioned using Robinson at the three so they can find him more minutes.

The question is whether Robinson can establish consistency while playing in a back-up role. It won't be easy to pull off with fewer minutes and shots to work with.

Wagner and Schofield are question marks

It might be a bit unfair to magnify the seeding games too much given there were only eight of them, but two guys in particular didn't play very well. That would be Moe Wagner and Admiral Schofield. Wagner averaged 5.1 points in 16.0 minutes and shot just 36.8 percent from the field and 15.4 percent from three. Schofield was held to 2.7 points in 12.6 minutes and shot 29.4 percent, though he did knock down a decent 35.7 percent from long range.

Wagner has more of a track record to fall back on, and Schofield should be cut some slack given it was his first season and he spent much of it in the G-League. But the Wizards will have to examine players like them on their roster - Anzejs Pasecniks, Jerian Grant, Jarrod Uthoff and Jonathan Williams III included - and determine whether they have roles on the team next season. Wagner right now looks like the No. 2 center behind Bryant, but if the Wizards do add a rim protector, or a center in the draft, Wagner could be bumped down the depth chart.

They need more help

There were many positives to pull from the Wizards' 11 total games in Orlando (including the exhibition), many of which were mentioned above. But it also told the Wizards that if you remove Beal, Wall and Davis Bertans from the team, the drop-off is significant. They competed in some games, but only managed one win and it came against a Celtics team that was missing their top seven scorers.

The Wizards need to take a long look at the supporting cast they have developed and determine whether these guys can be relied upon next year in important roles. Just because a guy is showing promise doesn't mean his spot on the roster couldn't be upgraded. Maybe some players work better as trade assets rather than building blocks.

Forward remains an area of need. Next season, there is currently an opening in the starting lineup alongside Rui Hachimura and Bryant in the frontcourt. Maybe it is filled by Brown or Isaac Bonga, but the Wizards will have some options to add to that mix.

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