January 26, 2020

Washington Wizards trade second round pick to Lakers for “cash considerations”

Folks, I promise that I was halfway through a real nice post regarding the Washington Wizards and their selection of Missouri point guard Jordan Clarkson, but then I promptly, and somewhat angrily, deleted it upon hearing the news that they sold Clarkson to the Los Angeles Lakers. [Read more…]

NBA 2013 Draft: Wizards select Otto Porter Jr. with 3rd overall pick

The Washington Wizards Thursday night selected Georgetown sophomore Otto Porter, Jr. with the third pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

The Wizards’ selection comes as little surprise. Porter, Jr., a 6-foot-8 small forward, could help the Wizards patch defensive holes this season, particularly as their core guys return to good health. As the Big East Player of the Year, Porter became a favorite among D.C.-area fans. The 20-year-old averaged 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game and shot 48 percent from the field last season.

“Sometimes people get labeled as a shooter or a rebounder, this guy knows how to play basketball,” said Wizards head coach Randy Wittman. “As a player, those were the kind of players I loved playing with because they make you better. I think he’s going to fit right in.”

“He knows how to play, that’s the important thing,” he continued. “He can run the floor, he can handle the ball, he can defend. I think he’s an underrated shooter.”

Porter, a native of Sikeston, Mo. – a town of just over 41,000 residents – could bring more to the court than impressive statistics and a 7’1 wingspan. He’s been described as humble and mature beyond his years – qualities that could very well complement the personalities already present in the Wizards’ locker room.

“It’s a dream come true just to even go somewhere and just knowing that it’s in my backyard makes it even better – makes it that much more special,” Porter said. “Being under [Georgetown] Coach [John] Thompson [III] definitely allowed me to explore my game and to be a complete ballplayer.”

As many suspected, the Wizards drew Porter after UNLV forward Anthony Bennett and Indiana center Victor Oladipo were selected first and second respectively.

“We’re very fortunate to get [Porter],” said Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld. “I think he’s a very versatile player. He fits well with what we’re trying to do. He’s a mature person, plays several positions, a good defensive player, real team-oriented guy and we’re real pleased to have him.”

The Wizards also acquired Glen Rice, Jr., taken 35th overall by Philadelphia, in exchange for the 38th and 54th overall picks in the 2013 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-5 Rice played last season for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, averaging 13.0 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting .491 from the floor and .385 from three-point range in 42 regular season games. He improved his numbers in the postseason, averaging 25.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks to lead the Vipers to the D-League championship.  Rice also played three seasons at Georgia Tech, averaging 13.0 points and 4.8 rebounds as a junior before being suspended for the final six games of the season.

“We had Glen rated very high on our draft board due to his shooting ability and overall game,” Grunfeld said.  “He was able to use his season in the D-League to show that his commitment to the game matched his talent and we’re confident that he will work hard to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Washington Wizards select Otto Porter with third overall pick in NBA draft

Georgetown University forward Otto Porter, Jr. was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA Draft Thursday by the Washington Wizards. Porter played two years at Georgetown, was 2012-13 Big East player of the year and First Team AP All-American.

The 6’9″ forward has a wingspan of 7’2″ and reach of 8’10”, making him an excellent candidate to be able to transition to the pro game.

We’ll have much more on the Wizards selection later in the evening.

NBA Draft 2013: With 3rd pick, Wizards look to build “playoff-bound” team

Following reports that Victor Oladipo declined the Wizards’ request for a workout, it appears that the Wizards’ first-round pick will likely come down to a decision between Otto Porter, Jr. and Anthony Bennett.

Porter, a 6-foot-8 small forward from Georgetown, could provide a much-needed boost on defense while also powering the Wizards with spot-up shooting and incredibly sound judgment on both halves of the court. Put aside, for a moment, the obvious benefits of keeping a player local – with the Hoyas last season, Porter averaged 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game and shot 48 percent from the field – the 20-year-old has the fundamental skills needed to prove a long-term asset.

As a team itching for the chance to build around a core group of guys – many of whom sat out a bulk of last season with injuries – the Wizards could see Porter as their best opportunity to do just that. Many view him as a high-risk, high-reward prospect, but he’s arguably surfaced as the Wiz Kids’ best bet for a long-term addition.

Bennett, a 6-foot-7 forward from UNLV, has significantly more offensive upside compared with Porter. An excellent shooter, Bennett doesn’t have quite the eye for big-time defense as Porter, but he’s been considered “almost unguardable” in recent draft reports. He’s incredibly fast and has an uncanny ability to push through both smaller defenders and bigger defenders to find the rim. Considering his size, he has excellent footwork and he averages just two turnovers per 40 minutes of play. Last season with the Rebels, he also averaged 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.

Although he coped with some injuries in his prep school days, he has since avoided significant injuries in his days with UNLV.

The biggest question going forward is – who could be the up-and-coming star player that pulls it all together for the Wizards? While it seems unlikely that the Wizards would make an unforeseen pick this year, it’s not yet guaranteed that Washington will go with Porter over Bennett, despite the fact the former seems heavily favored in recent coverage.

Wizards June 5 pre-draft workout schedule announced

The Washington Wizards will conduct a pre-draft workout on Wednesday, June 5, at 12:30 pm at the Verizon Center.

Those players currently scheduled to participate in the workout are as follows:

Will Clyburn –  G,   Iowa State: 6-7, 210 lbs.

Elijah Johnson – G, Kansas:  6-4, 195 lbs.

Nick Minnerath – F, Detroit: 6-9, 215 lbs.

Peyton Siva- G , Louisville: 6-0, 185 lbs.

Adonis Thomas – F, Memphis:  6-7, 240 lbs.

Christian Watford – F, Indiana:  6-9, 232 lbs

Wizards pre-draft workouts begin June 3rd

The Washington Wizards will conduct a pre-draft workout on Monday, June 3 – at 12:30 p.m. at the Verizon Center.  The following players are currently scheduled to participate on Monday:

Tyler Brown – Guard, Illinois State: 6’4, 185 lbs

Rotnei Clarke – Guard, Butler: 6’0, 184 lbs

Gregory Echenique – Center, Creighton: 6’9, 260 lbs

Ehimen Orukpe – Center, Wichita State: 7’0, 250 lbs

Miguel Paul – Guard, East Carolina: 6’1, 170 lbs

Angelo Sharpless – Guard, Elizabeth City: 6’4, 190 lbs

Wizards Nab Third Pick in 2013 NBA Draft

The NBA announced Tuesday night that the Washington Wizards received the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, taking place June 27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Wizards entered the Draft Lottery with a 4.79 percent chance of receiving the third overall pick and were originally slotted to pick eighth prior to the unveiling of the draft order.

“We have recently been able to use the draft to form a potent backcourt in John Wall and Bradley Beal that we envision leading us for years to come,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld.  “We are thrilled to be able to add in another young talent with the third pick in this year’s draft and are very optimistic about what our team can accomplish moving forward.” [Read more…]

Washington Wizards select Bradley Beal with No. 3 pick in NBA Draft

The Washington Wizards selected shooting guard Bradley Beal, from the University of FLorida, with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft Thursday night. The 6’5″ guard, who turned 19-years old on draft night, was a first-team Al-SEC player in his freshman year at Florida.

Beal averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game with the Gators. He shot .445 from the floor, .399 from the three-pint line and .769 from the line.

Beal won five SEC Freshman of the Week honors and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

During his senior year of high school in St. Louis, MO, Beal averaged 32.5 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game.

Beal should pair with John Wall in the Wizards back court to form a dynamic duo, with Wall’s speed and penetration and Beal’s shooting skills and athletic ability.

Beal told The Washington Post that the Wizards would be an ideal situation for him in a pre-draft interview.

“It would be terrific. The way John plays is the way I would love to play, to play fast, get up and down, and he’s a great point guard overall. He can score the ball, pass the ball, play defense, super athletic. Playing alongside him would be great,” Beal said. “I can see it. That would be a good backcourt. With Jordan Crawford, too. Those two guys are really great guys. They love to get up and down. They love to play. That’s the type of style I’d like to play in. I can always see myself playing with John, or any point guard. To play with the Wizards in that backcourt would be terrific.”

There were pre-draft rumors that the Cleveland Cavaliers were interested in trading up to the No. 2 pick to select Beal before Washington had their chance. After Kentucky power forward Anthony Davis went first to New Orleans, Charlotte took their time with their pick, coming down to the last second, but selected another Kentucky forward, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2, paving the way clear for the Wizards to take the player they likely coveted all along.

Washington Wizards acquire forwards Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza

The Washington Wizards today announced the team acquired forwards Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for forward Rashard Lewis and the 46th overall pick in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft.

From the press release:

Okafor (6-10, 255) holds career averages of 12.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting .517 from the field in 511 career games over eight seasons between Charlotte and New Orleans. The former second overall pick was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2005 and was one of three players (joining Tim Duncan and Dwight Howard) to average a double-double from 2004-05 to 2008-09. He has averaged at least 10 points, nine rebounds and 1.5 blocks in seven of his eight NBA seasons and has shot at least 53 percent from the field in the last six consecutive seasons. Okafor averaged 9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting .533 from the field in 27 games for the Hornets last season.

Ariza (6-8, 210) holds career averages of 9.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 499 games over eight seasons with New York, Orlando, L.A. Lakers, Houston and New Orleans. Over the last three seasons, he has averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting .323 from three-point range with the Rockets and Hornets. Ariza helped lead the Lakers to the 2009 NBA Championship, contributing 11.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting .476 from beyond the arc in 23 games (all starts) during their title run. Last season, he averaged 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting .333 from three-point range in 41 games for the Hornets.

These two players will significantly strengthen the Wizards lineup, combining with Nene, Kevin Seraphin, Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker and Jan Vesely in the front court. The addition of two forwards this close to the draft would indicate the Wizards are leaning toward smooth-shooting Bradley Beal with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft. Beal, a 6’4″ shooting guard, would pair with point guard John wall to form a dynamic back court to go with the Wizards bolstered front court.

The arrival of Okefor could also signal the end of the road for Andray Blatche, out most of the year last year with conditioning issues. The Wizards could apply for amnesty on his contract and part ways with the talented but troubled big man.

2012 Washington Wizards Draft Party

The Washington Wizards are inviting fans to watch the 2012 NBA Draft while the Wiz select the #3 overall pick.

Come join fellow fans at the Verizon Center on Thursday, June 28, 2012. Doors open at 6 p.m.

General Admission is FREE and Wizards Season Ticket Holders receive special VIP access!

This year’s activities include analysis from Wizards front office members, alumni autographs, picture with the 1978 Bullets Championship Trophy, Photo Booth, 1:1 Basketball Challenge, opportunity to vote in the final round of Wizard Girl Auditions, face painter, balloon artist, caricature artist and much more!

RSVP Here.

 

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