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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Kevin Knox

Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Kevin Knox

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: Kevin Knox

School: Kentucky
Position: Power forward
Age: 18 (turns 19 on Aug. 11)
Height: 6-9
Weight: 213
Wingspan: 6-11 3/4
Max vertical: 36.5

2017/18 stats: 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.3 bpg, 44.5 FG%, 34.1 3PT% (1.5 3P/4.5 3PA), 77.4 FT%
Player comparison: Antawn Jamison/Tobias Harris
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 10th, NBADraft.net 11th, Bleacher Report 15th, Sports Illustrated 11th

5 things to know:

*Knox projects as a stretch-four with the ability to play some small forward in bigger lineups. He has good range and proved at Kentucky he can get super hot from three. He made three threes or more in eight different games, including on Jan. 27 against West Virginia when he made five threes and dropped a career-high 34 points. He could be a strong outside shooter at the next level.

*He is still only 18-years-old, which means he could keep growing. At the very least, he is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. 

*Knox's concerns center around his ability to create off the dribble and his potential on defense. Knox blocked only 10 shots his entire freshman season with the Wildcats. He did, however, show promise as a rebounder. He averaged 5.4 boards per game and had seven games where he grabbed eight or more, including 11 against LSU on Jan. 3.

*He was a top-10 recruit entering Kentucky who played in the McDonald's All-American game. Knox has two gold medals from representing Team USA at FIBA tournaments.

*Knox's father was a star wide receiver at Florida State and was part of their 1993 national championship team. He went on to play one season in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals after being drafted in the sixth round.

Fit with Wizards: Knox would be a perfect fit positionally for the Wizards both in the short- and long-term. As a rookie, he would slide in as their primary backup power forward who could also pitch in at small forward. He would add scoring to their bench as a nice contrast to the defense of Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Ian Mahinmi.

Beyond next season, Knox could potentially start. The Wizards have both of their starting big men, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat, on expiring deals. Knox could probably coexist with Morris, if he sticks around, and give the Wizards two big men that can shoot.

The problem is that Knox may not be there at 15. He seems like a safe bet to rise up draft boards in the next few weeks, possibly even into the top 10.

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John Wall, Bradley Beal, Dwight Howard and other Wizards set to climb plenty of All-Time lists in 2018-19

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Dwight Howard and other Wizards set to climb plenty of All-Time lists in 2018-19

Last season alone saw John Wall set the Wizards/Bullets franchise records for career assists and steals, as well as the mark for assists in a single season. Bradley Beal moved all the way up to second in franchise history for career threes.

This year should produce plenty of milestones for the Wizards, if their players continue their recent career pace. Here is a look at some milestones to expect from Wall, Beal, Dwight Howard and others…

John Wall

— is likely to move into the top 40 all-time for career assists this season (he’s currently 64th). He averaged 783.3 per season from 2014-17, that pace would push him past Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Walt Frazier and others this year

— is currently 10th on franchise list for games played, only five games behind Phil Chenier. A full 82-game season would put Wall at fourth in franchise history and push him past guys like Jeff Malone, Gus Johnson and Brendan Haywood

— is 559 minutes away from 20,000. Only two players in franchise history have reached that mark with the team: Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes

—  is 409 points from passing Unseld (10,624) for third on franchise scoring list

— is 73 steals away from 1,000

Bradley Beal

—  is seven three-pointers away from passing Gilbert Arenas (868) for the most threes made in franchise history; based on his current pace, Beal could hit his 1,000thcareer three this season

— Beal could become one of only eight players to reach 1,000 threes by the end of their seventh NBA season. That list includes James Harden, Stephen Curry, Ray Allen, Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard

-is 241 three-point attempts away from passing Arenas (2,430) for most in franchise history

Dwight Howard

— is only one point away from 18,000, he should get to 19,000 this season; Howard is 383 points from passing Tracy McGrady (18,381), 824 from passing Isiah Thomas (18,822), 942 from passing Scottie Pippen (18,940)

— if he plays a full 82-game season, Howard will pass these players in career games played: Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Manu Ginobli, George Gervin and Charles Barkley

— is 79 minutes away from passing Unseld on the all-time list, with a full season he could move into the top 50 all-time for minutes played

— is 648 rebounds from passing Hakeem Olajuwon (13,748) for 14th all-time, is 669 from surpassing Unseld (13,769) for 13th; Howard has already passed Shaquille O’Neal, Barkley, Dennis Rodman, Patrick Ewing and others

— is 40 blocks away from passing Manute Bol (2,086) for 17th all-time, is 73 from passing Shawn Bradley (2,119) for 16th, is 91 from eclipsing Ben Wallace (2,137) for 15th

Otto Porter

—  is 77 threes away from 500

Austin Rivers

— is 88 threes away from 500, 13 assists away from 1,000, 174 rebounds away from 1,000 and 105 minutes away from 10,000

Pro Basketball Reference was used for this research

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Wizards' John Wall hilariously reacts to NFL kicking struggles: 'Put me in coach'

Wizards' John Wall hilariously reacts to NFL kicking struggles: 'Put me in coach'

The NFL’s kickers had a rough weekend with both the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings missing last-second field goals, which could have saved their teams.

If you weren’t rooting for either of these teams to win, this weekend’s struggles were quite comical, and John Wall got a kick out of it. Literally.

The Washington Wizards point guard had a good laugh at the expense of the Browns’ and Vikings’ kickers -- -- and in his Instagram story Sunday, he posted a video of himself showing off his kicking skills with the caption, “Put me in coach”.

“You see the [expletive] that’s going on today? I could get a job!” Wall says while kicking and laughing. “Far right, it’s no good!”

Looking for their first win since 2016, the Browns had the ball and trailed the New Orleans Saints, 21-18, with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter. Kicker Zane Gonzalez missed a 52-yard field goal that went wide right, and the Saints won. It was Gonzalez’s second missed field goal of the day – along with two extra points – which cost his team a total of eight points. The Browns waived him Monday.

Also Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings road game against the Green Bay Packers, Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson missed all three of his field goal attempts, including two in overtime, both of which were wide right.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby also missed an overtime field goal – though this one was wide left – and the game ended in a 29-29 tie.

Maybe John Wall should give football a shot.

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