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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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Five observations from Wizards' 125-118 win over the L.A. Clippers, their best comeback of the season so far

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Five observations from Wizards' 125-118 win over the L.A. Clippers, their best comeback of the season so far

The Washington Wizards beat the L.A. Clippers 125-118 on Tuesday night.

Here are five observations from the game...

What a comeback

Against the Clippers on Tuesday, they appeared headed towards another epic beatdown. They allowed 40 points in the first quarter, 73 by halftime and trailed by as many as 24.

But they rallied and somehow stole a victory away from the scorching-hot Clippers to stop a two-game skid and momentarily end all the jokes and proclamations that the John Wall era is over.

It was only one game, but head coach Scott Brooks has to be happy with how his team responded to a tough few days.

Lineup changes

After two-plus seasons of rolling out chalk lineups, Brooks made some adjustments for Tuesday's game that went further than anything he's done since taking the job in Washington.

With Dwight Howard out due to injury, he promoted Thomas Bryant and not Ian Mahinmi to the starting lineup. Brooks also moved Kelly Oubre Jr. in to replace Morris. The idea was to add some youthful bounce to the starting lineup, and it sort of worked.

Bryant gave them a boost early. He threw down an alley-oop for Wizards' first basket. Soon after that, he blocked Marcin Gortat and finished with a layup on the other end.

Bryant was solid with seven points, three rebounds and a block. Morris didn't necessarily respond to getting demoted, as he shot 3-for-11, but he made some nice plays at the end.

Oubre got into early foul trouble and was held to three points in 12 minutes.

Brooks' changes can't be judged by one game, but the fact he made them speaks volumes about where this team is at right now.

Satoransky making some noise

Brooks fluctuating his lineups is going to create opportunities for others to take advantage. So far, in recent games, Tomas Satoransky has stepped up to fill the void.

He helped key the near comeback on Sunday against the Blazers and he was on the floor for the Wizards' best stretches against the Clippers. 

Satoransky is usually good for several things that the Wizards need right now. They need effort on defense, which he provides. And they need guys to pass and move without the ball on offense, which he does.

Satoransky ended up with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. The numbers may not pop in the box score, but his impact was clearly felt in this one. The guy deserves more playing time at this point.

Green was also good

The Wizards wouldn't have made this a game without Jeff Green, who continues to outperform his role and his contract.

The veteran forward got hot in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his 20 points in the frame. He hit back-to-back threes in the fourth that put the Wizards within striking distance.

The Wizards' front office has made some missteps with their bench free agent signings. But when it comes to backup power forwards, they are batting 1.000 the past two years. They found Mike Scott last season and Green for this season, both on bargain, one-year deals. Scott, ironically, now plays for the Clippers.

Howard out again

As mentioned above, Howard missed this game. He had a setback with his piriformis injury and it's not clear when he will return. Brooks said he is considered day-to-day, but that's what the Wizards said for weeks, all through training camp and into the regular season.

Surely, there could have been some intentional misdirection along the way. But the injury seems entirely unpredictable. It would not be a surprise of Howard missed more games. And the longer he's shut down, the longer it will take to get him back up to speed to return.

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Scott Brooks shuffles Wizards starting lineup, inserts Kelly Oubre Jr. and Thomas Bryant

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Scott Brooks shuffles Wizards starting lineup, inserts Kelly Oubre Jr. and Thomas Bryant

Scott Brooks has apparently reached a breaking point. For the first time in his three years on the job, the Wizards head coach has made significant changes to his starting lineup.

With Dwight Howard out on Tuesday against the Clippers due to his strained piriformis muscle, Brooks is calling on second-year center Thomas Bryant to start in his place. Kelly Oubre Jr. will also take Markieff Morris' spot in the starting lineup, as the Wizards aim to shake things up amid a disastrous 5-11 start.

This is the first start in Bryant's NBA career. The 21-year-old has played spot minutes in six games so far this season with the Wizards, who signed him off waivers this past summer.

Brooks usually goes with backup center Ian Mahinmi to start in Howard's place. But with his team lacking energy, he believes Bryant can provide it.

"He plays with a high motor and he plays with a lot of enthusiasm," Brooks said. "We need better effort. We need better energy and we need better play."

Brooks said he hopes Bryant's eagerness will rub off on the other starters. John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. have been part of a Wizards' rotation that has far too often produced listless efforts this season, particularly on defense.

Bryant will have his shortcomings and a learning curve, but Brooks saw something in the team's game on Sunday he hopes translates to the starting lineup. Brooks emptied his bench with his team down big to the Blazers and Bryant helped key a near comeback.

There was one play in particular that caught Brooks' eye. Bryant threw down an alley-oop and ran over to the Wizards bench, smiling and pointing at his teammates. He was making the most of a rare opportunity to play, and he was having fun.

Oubre, 22, will get his first career start that wasn't created by an injury. He has made 26 starts in his four NBA seasons, but usually in the place of Porter or Morris when they were out.

Like Bryant, Oubre can infuse some much-needed life into the Wizards' lineup. He plays an emotional style and tries as hard as anyone on the team on the defensive end.

"Coach's decision," Brooks said of sitting Morris. "I just feel like we need to try a different lineup."

Morris is averaging just 6.9 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 34.7 percent in his last 10 games. He is being demoted mostly due to the simple need for a change and the fact he hasn't been playing well.

But Brooks believes Morris can help improve the bench by becoming a focus of their offensive sets.

"We're gonna try to stabilize that unit a little bit," Brooks said.

These are undoubtedly the most drastic lineup changes Brooks has made in his tenure so far in Washington. The team needed a shakeup, and this certainly qualifies as one.

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