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Six players to work out on Thursday

The Wizards announced that six players will work out for the team tomorrow morning.

Here are the players scheduled for Thursday's workout:

Jermaine Beal, guard, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 205 pounds. Averaged 14.6 points during his senior season.

Jeremy Evans, forward, Western Kentucky, 6-9, 196 pounds. Averaged 10.0 points and 6.9 rebounds during his senior season.

Ricky Harris, guard, Massachusetts, 6-2, 175 pounds. Averaged 19.8 points per game during his senior season.

Mac Koshwal, forward-center, DePaul, 6-10, 255 pounds. Early entry candidate for after averaging 16.1 points and 10.1 rebounds assists per game during his junior season.

Quincy Pondexter, forward, Washington, 6-6, 215 pounds. Named to the 2009-10 First Team All-Pac-10 following his senior season.

Stanley Robinson, forward, Connecticut, 6-9, 210 pounds. Averaged career-highs in points (14.5) and rebounds (7.6) during his senior season.

By Alexa Steele  |  June 2, 2010; 6:14 PM ET
 
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Pondexter baaaaaaby!!!

Posted by: Bullzards80 | June 2, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Pondexter would be an instant upgrade over Al Thornton. I just don't see him lasting to #30.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 2, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Al Thorton is a much better player than Pondexter. Pondexter at 6'6" is such a poor shooter and ball handler that he has to play power forward.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | June 2, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Poindexter and Robinson. To quote Mills Lane...."Let's get it on!"

I'm also enjoying the new combo stat (for Mac Koshwal) the rebound assist. Is that what Cartier Martin did to Andre Blatche, negating the triple double?

Posted by: ts35 | June 2, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Al Thorton is a much better player than Pondexter. Pondexter at 6'6" is such a poor shooter and ball handler that he has to play power forward.

Thornton is a better shooter, but that's it. I wouldn't list ball handling as a strength for either player, but unlike Al, Quincy understands his limitations. Pondexter has been really well coached. He's very efficient with a much higher BB IQ than Thornton. I think he'll be a very good NBA defender - man and help. That's my biggest issue with Thornton. With his strength could be an elite man defender, but he doesn't seem to want it.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 3, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

I thought Robinson was still a sophomore...or maybe he was a Sophomore in 1997, good lord he was there for 17 years

Posted by: rc2223 | June 3, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

This group has some red meat in it. I doubt the Wiz will have a shot at Stanley Robinson, but you can always hope. Worth noting he cracked the 12'1" barrier on the jumping exercise (2nd only to Favors) -- more remarkable because he's not quite 6'8" in his sneaks. He's no ball-handler, however. Besides being a good defender, Pondexter creates his own shot -- something the Wiz could use off the bench. Beal is the other candidate for a second rounder -- he's the same size as Wall but built sturdier. A career backup would be my guess.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 3, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

djnnou, you've probably seen more of pondexter than I have, so I'll defer to your assesment. But I will say this: I was really impressed with thorton before he got injured last year. He was tenacious on the boards, showed a willingness to be aggressive on both ends, and generally gave great effort and hussle. I specifically remember the game in which he locked down Carmelo. In that game, he showed that he's not afraid to compete with anyone. If they don't pick someone up in free agency, I would be very happy to see Thorton in the starting lineup next year.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | June 3, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

About Thornton: IMO the issue with him is conditioning. He arrives in Washington late last year huffing and puffing like it's still preseason, looking like he's at least 240, and he's been averaging 27 minutes in LA? I don't get it.

We could sure use a drop-dead off the bench scorer, even one who averages more turnovers and fouls than assists. But is he planning to play this year or just collect his check?

Posted by: Samson151 | June 3, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

seems like it's all or nothing with Thornton. Some games he's scoring in droves, in others he is almost non-existent. No excuse for missing games due to soreness either wtf

However with Pondexter being so similar and Thornton under contract, maybe EG will look for a different type player with the pick

Posted by: divi3 | June 3, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I doubt (or hope) similarity to a player already on the roster (esp. a guy in a contract year) won't be a factor in deciding who to draft. They need talent and depth at every position.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

why draft the exact same type of player though? wiz need some size and pondexter duplicates a player we already have rather than addressing lack of bigs. Especially if Lawal and Pondexter are both there at 30th

Posted by: divi3 | June 3, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Thornton is an ok player, but he hasn't done anything to distinguish himself to the extent that it's not worth bringing in someone -- even a similar player -- to compete for his PT.

It'd be great to have a super-athletic player like Robinson if he drops to us, even with the questions about where his head is at. Not so much character issues, but is he aggressive and hungry enough? In addition to talent, the Wiz need to stockpile hard workers and guys with winning attitudes. Going back to the GV discussion, that's one area where he has an advantage. Teams will know (as much as they know anything) he's going to compete every day.

The other big thing (for me) missing from this team, especially if Miller isn't brought back, are pure shooters. We have guys who can score, but are more streak shooters. We have very few lights-out shooters. Nick Young probably has the purest stroke, but is inconsistent. If I look at the Wiz as presumably constrcuted so far -- Wall, Arenas, AB, JM, NY, Thornton, Ross -- I might stick close to Arenas, but aside from him, I'm playing off, choking off Wall's driving and inside passing lanes and making the Wiz shoot from the outside.

Posted by: ts35 | June 3, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Thornton is an ok player, but he hasn't done anything to distinguish himself to the extent that it's not worth bringing in someone -- even a similar player -- to compete for his PT.

It'd be great to have a super-athletic player like Robinson if he drops to us, even with the questions about where his head is at. Not so much character issues, but is he aggressive and hungry enough? In addition to talent, the Wiz need to stockpile hard workers and guys with winning attitudes. Going back to the GV discussion, that's one area where he has an advantage. Teams will know (as much as they know anything) he's going to compete every day.

The other big thing (for me) missing from this team, especially if Miller isn't brought back, are pure shooters. We have guys who can score, but are more streak shooters. We have very few lights-out shooters. Nick Young probably has the purest stroke, but is inconsistent. If I look at the Wiz as presumably constrcuted so far -- Wall, Arenas, AB, JM, NY, Thornton, Ross -- I might stick close to Arenas, but aside from him, I'm playing off, choking off Wall's driving and inside passing lanes and making the Wiz shoot from the outside.

Posted by: ts35 | June 3, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Ernie is hilarious! He does this every year. He brings a bunch of guys in and then goes out and draft a guy that wasn't even invited to the workouts! LOL. Don't know if he's trying to sike out other gm's or the fans. Either way, it makes you wonder if he already has the person he's gonna draft at 30, 35 in his mind. I think the workouts are to see if anybody else can change his mind.

Posted by: CBell29 | June 3, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

why draft the exact same type of player though? wiz need some size and pondexter duplicates a player we already have rather than addressing lack of bigs. Especially if Lawal and Pondexter are both there at 30th

Posted by: divi3

Divi I think they do that if they think Pondexter or Robinson or whoever is a better player than any of the bigs they could draft at that slot...or...if they like 2 or 3 of the bigs available and feel confident that at least one of them will still be there when they draft in the 2nd, so grabbing a more talented wing man who might not be there makes draft sense.

They definitely do need some size, but after watching Boston (Garnett, Wallace, Perkins, Big Baby) and the Lakers (Bynum, Gasol, Odom) dominate with their size, all of the other teams will be looking to add it as well, so there may be an opportunity for the Wiz to pick up more talented players like Robinson, Pondexter or even Jones, Willie Warren, etc, as teams reach for size. As Kal said (and we all know), the Wiz need help at all positions, so they should really be looking for the guys they think are the best players regardless of position.

Posted by: ts35 | June 3, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

You would think (or hope) that that the light bulb will switch on in Thornton's head this year. Up to now, he's pretty much been a tease. Lots of talent, but way too inconsistent to be an integral part of a good team. I'd be exploring trades while he still has some value.

But with it being a contract year, maybe he blows up. And if he blows up, he will have better opportunities on better teams. And if he remains a teaser, I don't think we'd want him here anyway.

So, I wouldn't shy away from a similar player (and I would agree there are lots of similarities between Pondexter and Thornton at this time). In a prefect world, they'd both play well and lock down the position. Likely not going to be playing at the same time, and Thornton is probably going to be more effective with somewhat limited minutes.

Posted by: Bellman | June 3, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

"why draft the exact same type of player though? wiz need some size and pondexter duplicates a player we already have rather than addressing lack of bigs. Especially if Lawal and Pondexter are both there at 30th"

I wasn't suggesting they draft Poindexter specifically, simply making a general observation. As I've already said, they should take the best player available at 30, regardless of position, and use the 34th pick to try and fill a specific need, most likely a big man (depending on what moves they make via trade and FA).

But since you asked . . . the reasons for drafting a guy who's like Thornton would be (A) because they think they want/need a guy like that going forward and (B) because Thornton is in the final year of his deal with no guarantee to return. If they think Poindexter is a guy who can give them the same thing at a cheaper price, then Thornton becomes a tradeable asset to fill another need.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Betcha the Wiz don't hold on to both the late picks. Package one or both with current roster to move to the lottery level.

Posted by: joe2chase | June 3, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

It'll take more than anything the Wiz have to offer from the current roster to move up from the early 30s to the lottery (unless, maybe the deal also includes the Wiz acting as a receptacle for a massive salary dump of bad contracts from the other team.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

If they think Poindexter is a guy who can give them the same thing at a cheaper price, then Thornton becomes a tradeable asset to fill another need.
Posted by: kalo_rama

Or, at worst, you end up with two long, athletic guys who can be somewhat interchangeable on the court, which has advantages.

They had good success (in a limited time span) putting Howard, Singleton and Thornton out on the floor together. They're not 'interchangeable' per se, but their length, athleticism and aggression presented problems for other teams.

Posted by: ts35 | June 3, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

(unless, maybe the deal also includes the Wiz acting as a receptacle for a massive salary dump of bad contracts from the other team.)

Posted by: kalo_rama

Short of a team just outright selling a draft pick (who does that? I mean, aside from the Wiz), I think there is a good opportunity for the Wiz to be able to pick up assets by absorbing a bad salary or two -- though hopefully not a long duration bad contract. Depending on the player and contract, I would hope they wouldn't take on one longer than two seasons.

Portland used a similar strategy (acquiring picks more so than absorbing salaries) to great effect because they were patient and held a longer-term view.

Posted by: ts35 | June 3, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Trevor Booker has to be high on their list of guys that they are considering at 30 or early in the 2nd round. And ts35 is right. They really need a guy who can be a deadly spot up shooter from beyond the 3. Who's on that list?

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | June 3, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Betcha the Wiz don't hold on to both the late picks. Package one or both with current roster to move to the lottery level.

Posted by: joe2chase | June 3, 2010 11:15 AM |


I doubt it. Although it does sound nice. 30 and 35 just isn't enough to get into the lottery and we dont have any assets to add to it. They only have 5 players under contract and Ted has came out and said he wants more picks. Which sounds like we might "buy" a 2nd round pick from a team that's close to the tax line and don't want to add any salary.

Posted by: CBell29 | June 3, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"Short of a team just outright selling a draft pick (who does that? I mean, aside from the Wiz)"

The Suns have done it at least a couple of times in the last few years (including picks that were used to draft Rudy Fernandez and Rajon Rondo, if I'm not mistaken; although I think they sold the players' draft rights after selecting them).

"They really need a guy who can be a deadly spot up shooter from beyond the 3. Who's on that list?"

Eric Hayes shot 40% from 3 for his career at MD. Just sayin'.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"Short of a team just outright selling a draft pick (who does that? I mean, aside from the Wiz)"

The Suns have done it at least a couple of times in the last few years (including picks that were used to draft Rudy Fernandez and Rajon Rondo, if I'm not mistaken; although I think they sold the players' draft rights after selecting them).

I think Portland has poached the Suns' picks a couple of times, but really I was just being sarcastic, given how much time has been spent on these boards complaining about EG selling the second rounder last year that could have been DeJuan Blair.

There should be opportunities for the Wiz to do something similar as long as they don't get wrapped up in the idea of trying to turn things around on a dime. The Wiz might be able to have as much success being willing to buy a team's pick *next* year. But there should be chances this year too. Either just from teams not wanting to pay a guaranteed first round contract or trying to dump a bad contract and being willing to give up a pick to do it.

Here's an example from a quick scanning of salaries. Memphis is still paying Marko Jaric $7M for 10/11 even though he's not on the team. He's playing with Real Madrid (and is married to Adriana Lima -- who knew?). Memphis has 3 first rounders. They'd be unlikely to trade the #12, but how about the #25 to pick up Jaric's contract. It expires after 10/11 so there aren't long-term implications, he wouldn't take up a roster spot, and Memphis gets more cap flexibility this offseason to improve a team that is already pretty good.

There are plenty of reasons why such a move may not be ideal for the Wiz, like eating in to our own ability to sign free agents, but it's just an example of the kind of thing that's possible.

Posted by: ts35 | June 3, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I agree that the Wiz could use their cap space to leverage deals (and have suggested such many times before), but I would hope (prefer) they focus their efforts on getting productive players as opposed to just taking on bad salary as a vehicle to collect picks.

Using the example that you cited, it seems to me that they could probably find a team with cap/tax issues willing to give up an actual rotation quality NBA player who would likely be just as good (or better) than anything they'd likely get with the #25 pick in this draft.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I heard ATL want to trade their pick

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 3, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Wizards already have a dead ball contract in Arenas. For $80M over the next 4 years.

No need to take on salaries for other unwanted or damaged players.

This team needs to move forward with draft picks and free agent signings where the players taken are high-character performers, guys that want to compete on both ends of the floor to win.

This team may not be able to jettison Arenas in 2010-2011, but Leonsis can work the roster over the next 1-2 years to surround him with players that are 'all in' in re work ethic.

And that may actually rub off on him.

Let's face it, if he wants a deal out of here it likely will come 2 years from now when he only has $35M left on his deal and ONLY if he shows himself to be productive on the court again.

Posted by: leopard09 | June 3, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

In line with the comment above, teams sell 1st rounders all the time - and I assumed that was what Leonsis was talking about. The Suns definitely have sold picks and the Blazers definitely have bought picks multiple times in the last few years. And I believe that the Clips traded 1 2nd rounder for 2 1st rounders a couple years ago. That was one of the main reasons it was important to get under the salary cap. Teams with low salaries - recently like OKC, LAC, and Memphis -- have been able to pick up draft picks for nothing recently by simply agreeing to take on the salaries. For example, Miami is trying to save as much money as possible and has the #18 pick which would cost $3M or so against the salary cap. They likely will be trying to get rid of that pick for nothing to one of the teams under the salary cap. As most of the other teams will be competing with them for the top FA's, trading with the Wiz makes sense. I could even see #18 for future considerations because the Heat needs cap room and the Wiz are one of only 2-3 teams that can accomodate them. Also, someone may want a non-guaranteed high 2nd rounder over a guaranteeed-salary low 1st rounder if they feel the player will be available at both. I could see a #35 and cash for #26 trade as well. Basically, I think there are a lot of options for getting "free" picks and it happens every year.

Posted by: Urnesto | June 3, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"This team may not be able to jettison Arenas in 2010-2011, but Leonsis can work the roster over the next 1-2 years to surround him with players that are 'all in' in re work ethic.

And that may actually rub off on him."

There are a lot of legit criticisms that could be leveled against Arenas, but a poor work ethic has never been one of them. If the young guys already on the team had anything close to Arenas's work ethic when it came to working on their game, they would be a lot further ahead than they are.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

In line with the comment above, teams sell 1st rounders all the time - and I assumed that was what Leonsis was talking about. The Suns definitely have sold picks and the Blazers definitely have bought picks multiple times in the last few years. And I believe that the Clips traded 1 2nd rounder for 2 1st rounders a couple years ago.

That was one of the main reasons it was important to get under the salary cap. Teams with low salaries - recently like OKC, LAC, and Memphis -- have been able to pick up draft picks for nothing recently by simply agreeing to take on the salaries.

For example, Miami is trying to save as much money as possible and has the #18 pick which would cost $3M or so against the salary cap. They likely will be trying to get rid of that pick for nothing to one of the teams under the salary cap. As most of the other teams will be competing with them for the top FA's, trading with the Wiz makes sense. I could even see #18 for future considerations because the Heat needs cap room and the Wiz are one of only 2-3 teams that can accomodate them.

Also, someone may want a non-guaranteed high 2nd rounder over a guaranteeed-salary low 1st rounder if they feel the player will be available at both. I could see a #35 and cash for #26 trade as well.

Basically, I think there are a lot of options for getting "free" picks and it happens every year.

Posted by: Urnesto | June 3, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the Wiz could use their cap space to leverage deals (and have suggested such many times before), but I would hope (prefer) they focus their efforts on getting productive players as opposed to just taking on bad salary as a vehicle to collect picks.

Posted by: kalo_rama

Yep, I generally agree, it would be better to try to poach a player who's already at least somewhat proven at the NBA level. And teams are definitely prone to doing things not in their best basketball interests in order to maintain their bottom line.

At the same time, I don't think it's bad for the Wiz to use a variety of options to acquire more picks and more young talent, especially in a draft like this years, which is a little thin at the top on franchise players, but is very deep through the early to mid second in talented players. Boston and Portland have both used the strategy in recent years. Portland has drafted and largely kept their players. Boston used some of their young talent as a vehicle to acquire top players to put them over the top. The flip side is that if you draft poorly (or are just unlucky) you reinforce your position at the bottom of the food chain.


Posted by: ts35 | June 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the Wiz could use their cap space to leverage deals (and have suggested such many times before), but I would hope (prefer) they focus their efforts on getting productive players as opposed to just taking on bad salary as a vehicle to collect picks.

Posted by: kalo_rama

Yep, I generally agree, it would be better to try to poach a player who's already at least somewhat proven at the NBA level. And teams are definitely prone to doing things not in their best basketball interests in order to maintain their bottom line.

At the same time, I don't think it's bad for the Wiz to use a variety of options to acquire more picks and more young talent, especially in a draft like this years, which is a little thin at the top on franchise players, but is very deep through the early to mid second in talented players. Boston and Portland have both used the strategy in recent years. Portland has drafted and largely kept their players. Boston used some of their young talent as a vehicle to acquire top players to put them over the top. The flip side is that if you draft poorly (or are just unlucky) you reinforce your position at the bottom of the food chain.


Posted by: ts35 | June 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

As of now, the only guys we have in the middle are lazy Blatche (please ditch him) and McGee, so #30 and #35 should probably be used for PF and C. I really like what I've heard about Varnado. I also want them to check out Larry Sanders of VCU, who could fall to #30 (unlike Robinson who might even crack the bottom of the lottery) and who could be really good if he bulks up. Koshwal and Lawal are also intriguing.

Posted by: mcgratsp | June 3, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse


Lance Stephenson Posterizes Mac Koshwal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmwJyEmpVKo

Posted by: suliman215 | June 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The Bulls could be another team that would possibly like to move their pick and maybe one player(CONTRACT) in order to give them room to sign LeBron and sweeten the deal for Bron by making room for another top FA.

There could be some wheeling an dealing at the draft as a few teams like Chicago, Miami, and NY jockey to make as much room as possible prior to.

An additional 16-20 pick would seem to put Wizards in position to take a center. That's where I'd expect some action that could result in the Wizards taking on a contract to grab a pick.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | June 3, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"I also want them to check out Larry Sanders of VCU, who could fall to #30 (unlike Robinson who might even crack the bottom of the lottery)"

Larry Sanders is moving up, not down. And rumor has it GMs were not impressed when Robinson turned out to be well below the listed 6'9".

Posted by: Samson151 | June 3, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Not to press the point, but I'm still thinking Gilbert doesn't play for the Wiz next season.

But I've been wrong before. Many, many times...

Posted by: Samson151 | June 3, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Not to press the point, but I'm still thinking Gilbert doesn't play for the Wiz next season.

But I've been wrong before. Many, many times...

Posted by: Samson151

I think they will move him if they get a deal that makes sense. But just watching how Ted has been handling the situation, I think Ted is ok with / has resigned himself to the prospect of Gil playing with the team this year, and more importantly doesn't want to do a deal out of desperation just so Gil's gone.

Everything Ted is about these days with the Caps and Wiz is pretty measured, steady and business-like.

Posted by: ts35 | June 3, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

And rumor has it GMs were not impressed when Robinson turned out to be well below the listed 6'9".

Posted by: Samson15

I think his reach at 8'11.5" standing and the second best max reach overall - 12'1" - might have allayed some of those concerns. With his athleticism and length, he can still be a match up nightmare, assuming he's willing to put in the work.

Posted by: ts35 | June 3, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

"I think his reach at 8'11.5" standing and the second best max reach overall - 12'1" - might have allayed some of those concerns."

Well, he's a wonderful jumper. World class. But a lot of teams had him listed as a combo SF/PF at 6'9" and 225 and instead he came in a 6'6.5" in his socks and 213lbs. For some reason they didn't measure his no-step vertical (the important one for an interior player. Anyway, I guess my point is those are small forward proportions.

At small forward he's got a lot of weaknesses that a player like, for instance, Quincy Pondexter doesn't have.

So I think he goes before the Wiz pick at 30, but not in the lottery.

He's not a great ball-handler and that would hamper him at SF. He has length comparable to Lawal or Caracter but he's quite a bit lighter in the seat than those guys. So physically he's a small forward

Posted by: Samson151 | June 3, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, he's a wonderful jumper. World class. But a lot of teams had him listed as a combo SF/PF at 6'9" and 225 and instead he came in a 6'6.5" in his socks and 213lbs. For some reason they didn't measure his no-step vertical (the important one for an interior player. Anyway, I guess my point is those are small forward proportions.

At small forward he's got a lot of weaknesses that a player like, for instance, Quincy Pondexter doesn't have.

So I think he goes before the Wiz pick at 30, but not in the lottery.

He's not a great ball-handler and that would hamper him at SF. He has length comparable to Lawal or Caracter but he's quite a bit lighter in the seat than those guys. So physically he's a small forward

Posted by: Samson151

I'm not sure why they didn't record his no-step vertical, but he did do it. I watched him do it on the combine replay. He actually did it three times, which usually means there was some sort of issue with one of the first two. Gonna go way out on a limb and say it was at least satisfactory for either position.

I don't think it would be hard for him to get to 225 if that's what he needed to do, but really the question is more about strength than just a weight number. Al Thornton is 6'7" 221, and they've talked about him as a combo forward as well. Shawn Marion 6'7" 215...Boris Diaw....Dennis Rodman etc etc. I'm not saying it's the rule, but there are ways for someone as athletic as Robinson to make it work as a PF if he needed to.

I've always envisioned Robinson as more of a SF anyway, a la his high-flying fellow UConn alum Rudy Gay. He does have things to work on, so does Pondexter. Pondexter is more polished certainly, but it's not like Robinson has never seen a basketball. And Robinson is a better athlete. Things to like about both, questions about both. Which is why both are usually grouped within a few spots of each other.

What worries me far more about Robinson is the deer-in-the-headlights look he has during interviews, which seems to reflect the same questions most have about his motor and hunger. Those are definitely not questions with Pondexter, which might make him a better pick for these Wizards than Robinson at this point.

Posted by: ts35 | June 3, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

About Pondexter versus Robinson: they're pretty close, although Robinson is generally rated as the superior prospect (I'm not sure precisely why). My point is that Pondexter is the more natural SF, for two reasons -- first, he's used to creating his own shot, which Robinson isn't, and second, he's a much, much better free throw shooter (82.4%) -- an asset to a guy who's going to be making forays to the basket.

Robinson would be a better combo forward, but then, he's shorter and lighter than believed, which works against him inside.

The two are about the same as 3 point shooters -- better than you'd think.

Al Thornton sure looked a lot heavier than 220 to me. Maybe that was his weight at the combine.

Rudy Gay is a true small forward, more talented at that position than either of these guys.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 3, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

"Not to press the point, but I'm still thinking Gilbert doesn't play for the Wiz next season. "

Trading him in the offseason would require the Wiz to take a huge bath on the deal. They need to play him and have him perform well to sweeten the bait. He'll likely start the season in D.C. but I wouldn't be surprised if he finishes it somewhere else.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Nobody has mentioned the idea of packaging the No. 30 and No. 35 picks to move up to the low-twenties to get a better player. There are teams who would rather give up a late-first rounder to use a later pick on a European player who they can season overseas for a couple of years. A player like Vornado or Sanders will likely be gone by the No. 30 or No. 35 pick.

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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