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Wizards 2017 NBA Draft prospect profile: SG Davon Reed, Miami

Wizards 2017 NBA Draft prospect profile: SG Davon Reed, Miami

The Washington Wizards hold the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Who will they take? Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select. Check back for more as we continue to get closer to the draft...

Name: Davon Reed
School: Miami
Position: Shooting guard
Age: 22
Height: 6-6
Weight: 208
2016/17 stats: 14.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.5 bpg, 43.3 FG%, 39.7 3PT% (2.4 3P/6.0 3PA), 83.3 FT%
Projections: DraftExpress 53rd, NBADraft.net N/A

5 things to know:

*Reed improved as a scorer throughout his four years with the Canes. By his senior year he averaged 14.9 points. His 43.3 field goal percentage wasn't very efficient, but he shot 46.9 percent as a junior and 47 percent as a sophomore.

*He had mixed results at the NBA Combine. He measured in at 6-foot-4 1/2 without shoes, but then recorded a 7-foot wingspan. His 36-inch vertical is pretty average for a shooting guard, but he has the length NBA teams covet.

*Though Reed isn't a high-volume scorer, he does have an outside shot. He made 39.7 percent of his threes on six attempts as a senior. As a sophomore, he shot 45.7 percent on 2.7 attempts per game. NBA teams will take a close look at his mechanics, but it's possible he turns into a three-point threat at the professional level.

*Defense is a strength of Reed's. He was an All-ACC Defensive Team selection in 2017 and averaged 1.3 steals per game as a senior.

*Reed was an accomplished student at Miami. He was on the President's List for having a 4.0 GPA or better in his last semester and made the Dean's List (3.5+ GPA) three times.

Fit with Wizards: The Wizards could use a player like Reed behind Bradley Beal. Reed projects as a 3-and-D shooting guard who could contribute early in his career. The question is how high his ceiling is and how much they value potential based on athleticism. If they did pick Reed, though would pair him with his former college teammate Sheldon Mac.

RELATED: What type of career can we expect from pick No. 52?

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Jason Smith earns award from NBPA as 'best teammate' on the Wizards

Jason Smith earns award from NBPA as 'best teammate' on the Wizards

Jason Smith has developed a reputation for practically jumping off the bench during timeouts to run on the court and high-five his teammates. That enthusiasm helped win him an award on Friday.

As voted by his peers, Smith was named the best teammate on the Washington Wizards by the NBA Player Association. Every team has one representative.

Smith signed a three-year deal to join the Wizards as a free agent last summer. This past season he was a key contributor off their bench with 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game.

Throughout the year, Smith earned praise from his teammates for his positivity and support. John Wall and others made sure to point out little things he did that would have otherwise gone unnoticed, like the fact he didn't complain and wasn't affected negatively by games when he wouldn't get any minutes, including times when his family traveled to watch him play.

Smith talked about that positivity and his philosophy on supporting teammates in a recent episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast. You can listen to the lengthy interview right here:


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5 things to know about new Wizards guard Donald Sloan

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5 things to know about new Wizards guard Donald Sloan

Here are five things to know about guard Donald Sloan, who the Wizards reached agreement with on a one-year deal on Thursday…

*A 6-3 combo guard, Sloan was out of the NBA last season. He played for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China. There Sloan played with former Duke star Carlos Boozer and former Wizards forward Yi Jianlian.

*Sloan last appeared in the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets. He played 61 games for them in 2015-16, averaging 7.0 points, 4.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He shot 44 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three. Both were career-highs.


*The Wizards are Sloan's seventh NBA team as he approaches his sixth NBA season. He also spent time with the Hawks, Pelicans (then the Hornets), Cavaliers and Pacers before joining the Nets. He played two years in Indiana along with Wizards big man Ian Mahinmi. In Brooklyn he played with Wizards forward Chris McCullough.

*Sloan has been all over the place as a professional basketball player. He has spent time with three different G-League teams. In 2011, he played for the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippines. 

*Sloan played his college ball at Texas A&M. He was recruited by Billy Gillespie, but played three of his four seasons under current Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. In 2007-08, Sloan played under Turgeon and alongside NBA star DeAndre Jordan.