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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Mitchell Robinson

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Mitchell Robinson

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: Mitchell Robinson

School: Western Kentucky (never played)
Position: Center
Age: 20
Height: 7-1
Weight: 225
Wingspan: 7-4
Max vertical: N/A

2017/18 stats: 25.7 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 0.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 6.0 bpg, 60 FG%, 28 3PT%, 59 FT% (high school)
Player comparison: Serge Ibaka/Nerlens Noel
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 25th, NBADraft.net 30th, Bleacher Report 30th, Sports Illustrated 26th

5 things to know:

*Robinson is one of the best athletes in this entire draft class. From a physical standpoint, there are few questions about his potential. He's over 7-feet tall, can jump and appears to have strong instincts to block shots and finish around the rim. He is a rare athlete on the level of DeAndre Jordan. But, as many guys have shown over the years, being good in the NBA has a lot more to it than just athleticism.

*There are some considerable red flags with Robinson. He did not play in college after committing to Western Kentucky. It was an unusual situation to begin with where he committed there because his godfather was hired to the staff. Then, once he got on campus, he decided he didn't want to play there. 

*Before his college mishap, Robinson was one of the best recruits in the nation. He was a McDonald's All-American.

*Though high school numbers are unreliable when projecting NBA success, Robinson's free throw shooting would be a concern. He only shot 59 percent his senior year. That was over a year ago, so perhaps he's improved. But he wouldn't be the first big man who can't shoot free throws.

*Robinson skipped out on the NBA Combine after first saying he would go. That likely means he has a promise from someone in the first round.

Fit with Wizards: If the Wizards can overlook the inherent risk of drafting Robinson, he would fit them well positionally. He is an athletic big man who blocks shots and throws down lobs. John Wall could work wonders with a teammate like that.

If the Wizards see Robinson as a project, they could hold onto Marcin Gortat for one more year and bring Robinson along slowly. Or, they could use Ian Mahinmi as the starter while Robinson comes into his own.

The Wizards could absolutely use someone just like Robinson, at least in a vacuum. But they have to determine if he's worth the gamble because the bust potential seems high.

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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

Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State

Gary Trent, Jr., SG, Duke

Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami

Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, IMG Academy

Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton

Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, Boise State

Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland

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Wizards plan to introduce Dwight Howard Monday

Wizards plan to introduce Dwight Howard Monday

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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