The Wizards had no draft picks for the second time in two years, but just like last summer, they were very active immediately following the draft. They signed Devin Robinson, Michael Young, Marcus Keene, and former All-Met Player of the Year Kris Jenkins to their Summer League team among others, and I am going to take a look at all four players and decide who I think has the best chance to make the roster.
Robinson did not make the immediate impact he was expected to make when he arrived at Florida as a 5 star recruit, but he has improved in each of his three years and has the physical tools to be a solid rotation player in the NBA. His 6’8″ size and quickness allow him to play both forward spots. Robinson’s athleticism and length (7’0″ wingspan) make him a defensive plus, and he shoots the ball well from three (39.1% last year). His best chance of making an NBA roster is as a versatile 3-and-D combo forward.
Young is a 6’9″, 235 lb power forward who spent four years at Pittsburgh. He is a polished scorer who improved every year and finished his senior year averaging almost 20 points per game. Young added to his game this past year, attempting 122 three pointers after only taking a combined 57 in his first three years. He knocked them down at a decent 34.4% clip, but he should be able to raise that percentage with more practice. The main concern with Young is that he does not rebound very well for his position. His rebounding percentage has declined from 14.4% his sophomore year all the way down to 11.8% his senior year. If Young is going to make the roster, he has to space the floor and rebound.
Keene is undersized at 5’9″, but he was the most lethal scorer in the NCAA last year. In his lone season at Central Michigan, Keene put up 30 points per game, the first player to do so in 20 years. He shoots threes (36.8%), gets to the foul line and converts (81.9%), and can distribute the ball when defenses pay too much attention to him (30.2 assist percentage). Keene has his reasons why he went undrafted: His size will make him a liability on defense and he struggles with his shot selection at times. In the NBA, Keene’s role would be to come off the bench and score at will while the starters take a breather.
Jenkins is a local product who attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. The former All-Met Player of the Year is probably best known for hitting the game-winning shot against North Carolina in the 2016 NCAA Tournament Championship Game.
Jenkins is kind of a tweener at the NBA level. He’s too small to play power forward (6’6″), but he is not quick enough to play small forward. Jenkins is an awful rebounder for his position (8.0 career rebounding percentage). With all that being said however, he knows how to shoot it from beyond the arc (37.3% for his career) and that skill is becoming more and more valuable in today’s NBA. Jenkins hopes to make it as a three point shooter off the bench.
Final Verdict: Devin Robinson
He is the one player on this list who everyone thought would get drafted, and his size and athleticism are two things that can’t be taught. His ability to hit threes and defend multiple positions are also huge in today’s league. The Wizards could use someone with Robinson’s talents on their roster. If anyone from this list is a Wizard in 2017-2018, it will be Devin Robinson.
(All stats via Basketball Reference)
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