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With revamped shooting form, Wizards' two-way rookie Devin Robinson has big offseason ahead

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With revamped shooting form, Wizards' two-way rookie Devin Robinson has big offseason ahead

The next time forward Devin Robinson takes the court, likely this July for the Wizards' summer league team in Las Vegas, he will do so with a noticable difference in his game. After playing most of his life with a low shot release point, the Wizards coaching staff has overhauled his mechanics in recent months, hoping to give Robinson a better chance at success in the NBA.

It's not really about Robinson's ability to make shots. He demonstrated at the University of Florida he could knock it down from long range, improving his three-point percentage in each of his three seasons as a Gator. He topped out at 39.1 percent as a junior on 3.1 attempts per game, a solid trajectory and especially for a 6-foot-8 forward. 

That carried over into his time this season in the G-League. Robinson shot 38.1 percent on 3.5 attempts through 44 games in 2017-18.

The reason why the Wizards changed his shot is because his release point made it too easy for opponents to defend him. They want Robinson to release the ball above his head and shoot with more of an arc, while hopefully maintaining the same shooter's touch.

It's one thing to have a low release point in college, but in the NBA it's much more difficult to shoot over bigger and more athletic players. Robinson understands that, but noted it has not been an easy process learning how to shoot a different way at 23 years old.

"It's been stressful, frustrating some days," he said. "You're used to making all of these shots shooting your way, and then find out it's the wrong way and you try to work on it. And then, you start missing all of a sudden. It's frustrating, but I trust the coaches, trust the process and I just keep working at it. I'm gonna figure it out."

Robinson is enough a student of the game to know some famous cases of low release points. He can mimic Shawn Marion, who shot from about chest-high, and Stephen Curry, who shoots slightly lower than most. Some guys have made it work with lower release points, but Robinson knows his odds of carving out a long career in the NBA are better if he adjusts his motion.

Robinson hopes that future is with the Wizards, the team he grew up rooting for. If that is the case, he would likely be on their inaugural G-League team, the Capital City Go-Gos, who begin play this fall.

Robinson believes having the G-League affiliate nearby will make it much easier for Wizards prospects to develop. He spent most of his time in the G-League this season with the Delaware 87ers and had a brief stint with the Westchester Knicks.

"It was challenging for me because I was in a whole other state, whole different organization. I had to learn their plays and it's much different from what it is here," he said.

Robinson had a Wizards assistant, Alex Graves, assigned to work with him in the G-League and he kept in contact with director of player development David Adkins. They would talk after every game and when Robinson was in D.C., Adkins would work closely with him. Adkins was integral in revamping Robinson's shooting motion.

Aside from the challenges of being away from the team, Robinson felt his rookie year went well. He played with a two-way contract in the first year of the NBA's system of two-way deals.

The Wizards began the season with two two-way players, but only held on to Robinson. He plans to prove that was a smart decision.

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.

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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.

But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.

So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.

1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.

2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.

6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.

7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers: ANYONE YOU WANT LEBRON JUST PLEASE DON'T LEAVE US AGAIN!!

9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.

11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.

12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.

14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.

15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.

16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.

18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)

19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.

21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie. 

22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.

23. Indiana Pacers: DRAFT ANOTHER UCLA PLAYER. WE DARE YOU.

24. Portland Trail Blazers: DRAFT ANOTHER MID-MAJOR GUARD. WE DARE YOU.

25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.

27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.

28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.

29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.

30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.

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