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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Landry Shamet

Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Landry Shamet

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: Landry Shamet

School: Wichita State
Position: Point guard/shooting guard
Age: 21
Height: 6-5
Weight: 189
Wingspan: 6-7
Max vertical: 39.5

2017/18 stats: 14.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.2 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.2 bpg, 48.9 FG%, 44.2 3PT% (2.6 3P/5.9 3PA), 82.5 FT%
Player comparison: C.J. McCollum/Tyler Dorsey
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 28th, NBADraft.net 16th, Bleacher Report 51st, Sports Illustrated 51st

5 things to know:

*Shamet is one of the best shooters in this draft class. He shot an impeccable 43.7 percent from three for his career. That went up to 44.2 percent in his last season with the Shockers on almost six attempts per game. He can light it up from long range at a high percentage and with volume. Shamet hit four threes or more in 18 games during his college career and twice he hit six. He has smooth mechanics and a release that is both high and pretty quick. Those things bode well for his ability to knock down threes at the NBA level. 

*Mock drafts can't seem to come to a consensus on Shamet. One mock draft has him as high as 16th, while others expect him to go in the second round. That may be because while Shamet can hit threes and jump with the best of them, there are questions about his athleticism in other areas and particularly on the defensive end of the floor. He will have to do more than just hit threes if he expects to stick around in the pros.

*Shamet can play both point guard and shooting guard. He began his college career as a shooting guard before transitioning to point. He had some ups-and-downs learning the point guard position, but came away with solid assist numbers. If Shamet can actually play both spots in the NBA, that will make him much more valuable.

*He missed almost all of his freshman season with a stress fracture in his left foot. Shamet arrived on campus as the highest rated recruit in Gregg Marshall's time at the school and joined a stacked roster that featured future NBA players Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker. Because of the injury, Shamet barely played with those guys before they moved on.

*Shamet has plans to be a college basketball coach someday, according to his school bio.

Fit with Wizards: Shamet figures to fall somewhere in between the Wizards' first round (15th overall) and second round (44th) picks. But from a positional perspective, Shamet would help them in a variety of ways.

The ability to play both point guard and shooting guard is very attractive for the Wizards, who could use help behind John Wall and Bradley Beal. Plus, his outside shot should allow him to coexist on the floor with either Wall or Beal. 

That said, it's a question of whether they can afford spending the 15th pick on a guard, who would have no long-term path to starting. Also, Shamet's ceiling is hard to gauge. His shooting and potential to play above the rim are enticing, but he will need to gain muscle and refine his ball-handling skills to truly stand out on offense. 

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

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Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in their Chicago hotel to compare heights

Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in their Chicago hotel to compare heights

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you put Tyler Perry in a room with a bunch of NBA players? If so, we have the answer. 

During the Wizards' road trip to Chicago in January, the famous actor/producer/writer surprised several players in their hotel room and compared heights with them the whole time. 

Perry, who's used to being the tallest in the room at 6'5", was dwarfed by the likes of Thomas Bryant and Johnathan Williams. 

"I ain't ever been in a room where I'm the short guy," Perry said as he greeted all the players. 

There were a couple of players who Perry had the height advantage on. Bradley Beal admitted he was shorter than Perry during the video, while Perry didn't have a doubt he was taller than Gary Payton II. 

"Oh, you're short," Perry joked after Payton revealed his height. 

You can find more of this kind of inside access into the Wizards' trip to Chicago, where the "Wire-to-Wire" special will air on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Ish Smith, Moe Wagner and Scott Brooks will be mic'd up and featured throughout a condensed version of the Wizards' loss to the Bulls in mid-January. 

"The thing is, you look at celebrities as celebrities, but they look at our players as celebrities," Brooks said. "But you could tell that [Perry], he had their attention. Not a lot of times our guys are willing to wait after our breakfast meeting. But they waited around for him so it was really cool to see that."

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How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

The Wizards head to the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors. Before that, fans can enjoy inside NBA access in the debut of 'NBC Sports Wire to Wire'.

'NBC Sports Wire to Wire' will debut Sunday, Mar. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and feature a one-hour condensed game of the Wizards matchup with the Bulls from mid-January. The twist is players and coaches on both sides were mic'd up during the game. 

Ish Smith, Moe Wagner, and Scott Brooks are featured from the Wizards side, while you'll be able to hear Coby White, coach Jim Boylen and former Wizard Tomas Satoransky as well. The broadcast will deliver a mix of on-court audio and sit-down interviews. 

The Wizards fell to the Bulls 115-106 in the game in question. In a head-to-head matchup between two eventual All-Star snubs, Zach LaVine got the best of Bradley Beal, scoring 30 points on 12-21 shooting to get his team the win. 

If you recall, Beal questioned the Wizards' culture after his team dropped what he called a 'winnable game.' Since then, the Wizards are 7-6 and before the All-Star break, were playing some of their best basketball.

Beal has also been exceptional since Washington's last loss in Chicago, so perhaps there's a bit more insight into what went on that game that one, caused Beal to call out his team after the game, and two, sparked one of the best runs of play for the Wizards all year. 

So remember 6:30 p.m. on Sunday before the Wizards-Warriors game. And if you aren't able to catch it the first time, the special will be re-air later Sunday evening at 11:30 p.m.

Here's everything you need to know to tune into the game Sunday and how to watch the Wire to Wire broadcast afterward. 

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors 

Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA

When: Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020, at 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Warriors will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Warriors on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards vs Bulls

7:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

8:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live

8:30 PM: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors

11:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live

11:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards @ Bulls

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS INJURY REPORT

Wizards: John Wall (OUT/Achilles), Thomas Bryant (OUT/foot)

Warriors: Marquese Chriss (Day-to-day/calf), Draymond Green (Day-to-day/hip), Steph Curry (Day-to-day/hand), Klay Thompson (OUT/knee)

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