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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Robert Williams

Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Robert Williams

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: Robert Williams

School: Texas A&M
Position: Power forward/center
Age: 20 (turns 21 in Oct.)
Height: 6-9
Weight: 240
Wingspan: 7-5
Max vertical: N/A

2017/18 stats: 10.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.8 spg, 2.5 bpg, 63.2 FG%, 0.67 3PT% (0.0 3P/0.4 3PA), 47.1 FT%
Player comparison: Clint Capela
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 12th, NBADraft.net 14th, Bleacher Report 13th, Sports Illustrated 14th

5 things to know:

*A big-time shot-blocker in college, Williams projects as a defensive specialist early on in his NBA career with the potential to develop as an offensive player. He averaged at least 2.5 blocks each of his two seasons in College Station. There were some games that he completely dominated around the rim. He had four blocks or more in 17 college games, including seven blocks against Alabama in the SEC Tournament in March. Williams seems to have good instincts for blocking and altering shots, but he will need to use his length effectively when guarding taller players in the pros.

*Williams didn't participate in the NBA combine in May, but by all accounts has impressive measurables. He is listed at 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds and has a huge wingspan. Most sites list Williams' wingspan around 7-4 or 7-5, though some have it at 7-6. Either way, that's a huge asset for a guy who will be tasked with protecting the rim.

*Williams was a very good rebounder in college, averaging at least 8.0 boards per game in his two seasons. He grabbed 10 rebounds or more 24 times in college. His career-high was 16 rebounds, which he accomplished twice. Rebounding translates pretty well from college to the pros, so that's a nice selling point for Williams.

*A big weakness for Williams is his free-throw shooting. He shot 54.1 percent for his career and could very well end up being an Andre Drummond or DeAndre Jordan-type where he is a liability at the end of games. That is definitely a consideration for teams for that reason and because it does not bode well for his ability to develop a jumpshot.

*What Williams can become offensively is a question. He doesn't have a developed skillset or an outside shot. He was very good at throwing down lobs and putback slams in college, but that is much harder to do at the NBA level.

Fit with Wizards: Williams checks off a few boxes for the Wizards in terms of positional needs. He would give them some athleticism in their frontcourt and could someday fill a role similar to Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets. He has become a very good NBA player and works perfectly as a complement to James Harden and Chris Paul. They don't need to run plays for him, as he makes his money rim-running and cleaning up the leftovers around the rim.

Williams could do the same things for the Wizards and help them protect the rim on the other end. John Wall, a point guard, was the Wizards' best shot-blocker in the 2017-18 season. That is not ideal and they need help in the middle. Williams could provide that.

The question is whether Williams is big enough to play center and therefore replace Marcin Gortat either immediately or a year down the road. If he isn't, and Williams is more of a power forward, the Wizards would need to figure out a way for him to fit long-term. Maybe that means replacing Markieff Morris or co-existing with him in a starting frontcourt that would be a bit on the small-side.

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If the players controlled All-Star voting, Bradley Beal would start in the All-Star Game

If the players controlled All-Star voting, Bradley Beal would start in the All-Star Game

On Thursday, the NBA announced it’s All-Star starters and based on the early fan voting returns, it was no surprise that Bradley Beal was snubbed from the list. 

Among Eastern Conference guards Beal was ranked ninth by fans and second by players.  

The starters are determined by voting amongst three groups. Fan votes make up 50 percent, current NBA players make up 25 percent and the media makeup is the remaining 25 percent. 

Beal sat down with Chris Haynes on Yahoo! Sports Posted Up and when asked about fan voting, Beal voiced his frustration, “Fan voting is absolutely horrendous man.” 

  

Beal went on to explain why he believes that fans should have a smaller percentage of the overall vote. 

 

“We respect fans and we love our fans you know but we also know there’s a lot of people out there who don’t know the game, we also know that there’s people who just have favorite players and don’t watch everybody else and we all know that there’s people who they’re going vote one guy because that’s their favorite guy, their favorite everything so I don’t have that. For me it’s an unfair in-advantage.”  

“Honestly, it should be on players and coaches,” Beal continued.

Although Beal missed out as a starter he still has a chance to be selected by coaches as a reserve. The reserves will be announced Thursday, January 30th. 

If we’re keeping it real the NBA should really reconsider the voting breakdown. 

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Wizards get one of their easiest wins of the season over Cavaliers

Wizards get one of their easiest wins of the season over Cavaliers

After a hard-fought overtime loss to the Heat Wednesday night, the Wizards had a quick turnaround matchup against the Cavaliers in Cleveland. 

Washington may have one of the worst records in the Eastern Conference, but on Thursday night they showed that they're clearly a tier above a team like the Cavs. 

It's rare to see the Wizards waltz their way into a win, so let's take a second to highlight the best moments from the game. 

Love resuscitates Beal

Bradley Beal was masterful for the second night in a row against the Cavs, scoring at will in the paint and hitting big shots when his team needed him.

Perhaps his best moment was taking a charge in the second half and then laying out on the floor like he just got run over by a truck. Then his pal Kevin Love came over to bring him back to life. 

Beal seems to really like laying flat on the floor after a big play, whether it's his or a ridiculous three-point frenzy from Davis Bertans. Either way, this was a funny moment between two players who've competed against each other in the East for a long time. 

McRae throws it down on Henson

Jordan McRae gets most of his buckets on the perimeter, so it's easy to forget that the man has some major bounce around the rim. 

 

He reminded us all on the fast break Thursday night, where he rose up and threw down a sweet one-handed jam before John Henson could even get his hand. 

McRae's been hyping all of his teammates up to make it to All-Star weekend whether it's the All-Star game, the three-point contest or the Rising Stars Challenge. 

Maybe it's time to get him to the dunk contest.

Osman's too small

If Beal knows you can't guard him, he'll let you know about it. And that's exactly what he did after he bullied Cedi Osman in the post during the fourth quarter. 

Osman's a fine player and the Cavs seem to like his upside. He just has no business guarding Beal one-on-one, which is why Beal scoring 36 points on 15-22 shooting isn't very surprising. 

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