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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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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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