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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Gary Trent, Jr.

Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Gary Trent, Jr.

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.

School: Duke
Position: Shooting guard/small forward
Age: 19
Height: 6-6
Weight: 204
Wingspan: 6-9
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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More draft prospect profiles:

Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky

Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State

Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State

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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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