The Washington Wizards hold the 15th and 44th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select...
2018 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Gary Trent, Jr.
Position: Shooting guard/small forward
Max vertical: 39.5
2017/18 stats: 14.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.1 bpg, 41.5 FG%, 40.2 3PT% (2.6 3P/6.5 3PA), 87.6 FT%
Player comparison: Gary Harris/Malcolm Brogdon
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 27th, NBADraft.net 33rd, Bleacher Report 33rd, Sports Illustrated 42nd
5 things to know:
*Trent is a very good athlete and tested well at the NBA Combine last month. He's about 6-foot-6 with a 6-9 wingspan and has a 40-inch vertical leap. He has the size to fit in well at shooting guard and probably play some small forward as well.
*Three-point shooting is a big strength. Trent not only hit 40.2 percent from long range, he did so on 6.5 attempts per game. He hit four threes or more 11 times in his one season at Duke, including four games where he popped off for six threes. He once hit six of seven against Wake Forest on Jan. 13. If he can do anything close to that from NBA range, he will be able to adapt to the pros quickly.
*Draft evaluators like Trent's potential on defense. His a big and strong guard who showed a knack for forcing turnovers in college. He had 13 multi-steal games at Duke and had three steals in six different games. He will need to prove that he can stay in front of NBA athletes to have all that translate to the next level.
*Some knocks on Trent include his lack of quickness and ability to get to the rim off the dribble. There are also questions about his skills around the rim, though he can jump with the best of them.
*Trent's father was the 11th overall pick in 1995 and played nine NBA seasons. His aunt was an All-American sprinter.
Fit with Wizards: Trent would fit the Wizards very well positionally. They could use help at backup shooting guard right behind Bradley Beal and Trent would slide in perfectly there. He could also play some small forward behind Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre, Jr.
If Oubre moves on after next season, as he is on an expiring deal, Trent could play a more prominent role on the bench. In the meantime, he would provide a nice shooting punch for the second unit that needs an offensive boost. He could develop into a legitimate two-way player and the Wizards don't have many of those guys on their bench.
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