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#15 — Troy Brown — Washington Wizards

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The Washington Wizards will select Troy Brown from Oregon with the 15th overall pick.

In his only season at Oregon, Brown averaged 11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.2 blocks per game. He shot 44.4 percent from the field, 29.1 percent from three and 74.3 percent from the free throw line.

The Wizards looked to bolster their bench more and just did by selecting Brown.

He is a great player in transition and a very talented passer. He picks offensive apart with his great defensive instincts. Brown also has great athleticism.

Brown is also a great rebounder in traffic and can finish difficult shots in traffic. He is a great dunker and could possibly be in the NBA Dunk Contest in the future. What I love about him is he is just a great overall defensive player and creates havoc on that end of the floor. The only knock is that he does not shoot the ball well from three, as he shot below 30 percent from last season. He will need to improve his three point shooting. He has great speed and athleticism and also has really good basketball IQ.

He is a great fit for what the Wizards are building, and fits Scott Brooks’ system overall \plus can learn a lot from John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Brown may not contribute right away for the Wizards, but he is the ideal pick to help bolster the bench that needs improving, and could possibly be a sixth man type down the road for the Wizards.

 

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2018DD

Sources: 76ers Trade Khyri Thomas to Pistons

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Philadelphia’s No. 38 overall pick Khyri Thomas will be traded to Detroit, league sources say.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Kings Trade Gary Trent Jr. to Blazers

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Gary Trent Jr. is headed to the Blazers in a trade, league source tells ESPN.

Portland will send Sacramento to two future second-round picks for Trent, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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#30 – Omari Spellman – Atlanta Hawks

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With the No. 30 pick in the NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Omari Spellman from Villanova University. .

After 10 consecutive seasons reaching the playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks failed to win 25 contests in 2018. Gone are All-Stars Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague, all of whom the franchise groomed at various points during their decade of playoff bliss. Now the team is faced with a daunting rebuild under second year general manager Travis Schlenk and first year coach Lloyd Pierce.

Spellman was the third Villanova player selected in the first round of this year’s draft behind Mikal Bridges (No. 10 overall) and Donte DiVincenzo (No. 17 overall). In his lone campaign with the Wildcats, Spellman appeared in 40 contests and averaged 10.9 points, eight rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

The Hawks continue to add shooting to their rebuilding roster. With the No. 3 overall pick, the team selected Luka Doncic, who will be traded to the Dallas Mavericks for the rights to No. 5 overall pick Trae Young. The team used the No. 19 overall selection to draft shooting guard Kevin Huerter from the University of Maryland. In Spellman, the Hawks acquire a big man that shot 43 percent from the collegiate three-point line last season.

In addition to Young and Huerter, Spellman will join a young Hawks core featuring point guard Dennis Schroder and forward John Collins, two of the team’s first round draft picks from prior years.

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