Wizards will land Johnny Davis in 10th place in shaping attitudes and the need for position

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Washington Wizards president and head coach Tommy Sheppard had just three adjectives earlier this week to describe the type of player his team was looking for in the NBA draft: aggressive, pushy, and relentless. Sheppard made it clear that player position was less important than overall talent and general thinking.

So with Thursday’s 10th choice, Washington could become the player who needs the area and the features Sheppard is looking for. The Wizards have selected Johnny Davis, a 6-foot-long, 194-pound guard who Sheppard and coach Wes Unseld Jr. consider to be a high-IQ scorer who is eager to play in defense.

Davis brought 19.7 points and 8.7 rebounds to Wisconsin in the second season last season and was named the best player of the year. He played mostly a small striker for Badgers, but Sheppard is so confident in both Davis’ handles and basketball knowledge that he believes the 20-year-old could switch between a point defender and a batsman.

“He understands the game very well on the floor. He’s a quick learner – we couldn’t find a coach who could compliment him enough on his basketball IQ, character and athleticism,” she said. “I think he’s an underrated feeder continues to be a great feeder. He didn’t do much in college, so I’m subconsciously trying to encourage him to learn a little more. But I think he can score at different levels. I think he’s great. “

Davis grew up in Wisconsin playing next to his twin on the basketball court his parents built in his backyard. There, the twins played countless battles, shaping Davis into a fierce rival who wanted to play in Badgers’ big games. He was credited with 37 points and 14 table balls against the number one at the time. 3 Purdue in January and a 30-point outbreak in the then-No. 12 in Houston in November, which originally put him on the NBA scouts map.

“It seems to me that you only understand if you have a twin brother or a twin sister,” Davis said in a teleconference, “you just want to be better than the other.”

Aside from the score, Unseld is very excited to see Davis defend. The coach was impressed by Davis’ ability to make on-demand defensive games during an interview with 20-year-old Wizards – Davis worked for the team on June 2nd.

“It’s important for him to embrace this side – you give yourself a chance. He looks like a great brain player,” said Unseld. But I think he chooses [defense] fast up. If you have these two intangible assets, you are giving yourself the opportunity to be an elite in this field.

Bradley Beal recovers from the wrist and the local basketball court

Although Sheppard sees Davis as a potential ball handler, his choice is unlikely to affect Washington’s efforts to find a lasting solution in scoring. The Wizards don’t want to entrust the goalkeeper to a newcomer, and Sheppard said Thursday that Washington would be happy to have three ball handlers on the field at once.

The head manager could also take into account that although he and Unseld’s ideal version of the defender is a more traditional floor general who prefers to organize an attack and score a goal, traditional scorers are becoming rarer.

“We’re trying to bring out three ball handlers, we’re going to keep it pretty open when you have it [Kristaps Porzingis] and [Bradley Beal], capable scorers. Paned [Kyle Kuzma] out there [Kentavious Caldwell-Pope] Out, now you have Johnny, another man who can do it a little bit. I think it’s exciting to do that, ”Sheppard said. “The fact that [Davis] is a good setback that complements some of the other things we expect from him. We’re excited. Everything is invincible on draft night, everyone is excited. We really are. ”

Washington elected 18-year-old 18-year-old Yannick Nzosa, an 11-meter center from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Wizards can now move to the top item in their to-do list: re-sign Beal. The guard, who turns 29 on Tuesday, could sign a five-year contract next month worth about $ 250 million if the season is shortened due to an injury to his left wrist.

At a news conference on Monday, Sheppard praised Beal as a worthy franchise center and said he hopes to be in top shape by the time the training camp opens in Washington in
September. The Wizards then head to Japan to play a few pre-season games.

“I just look at the player and I know it’s someone you can build your franchise around,” Sheppard said. “I know he’s having a great season. Where he is now [in his rehab] is not where he will be in a month, and in two months, as we prepare to go to Japan, I think he will be in full swing.

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