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
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.
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