Will Henry Sims continue his career in DC? (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
With the 2012 NBA Draft and 2012 Casual NBA Draft Live Blog Spectacular A Go-Go ready to rock tomorrow night, Hoyas fans will finally (read: hopefully) find out where Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims will continue their pro basketball careers.
One interesting take on the Draft was done by our main man Ben Standig, who rather than take the easy road and toss names in a Mock Draft, he analyzed how each of the prospects would fit into the scheme of the hometown Washington Wizards. Hoyas fans typically head to Verizon to catch Roy Hibbert and the Pacers or Greg Monroe and the Pistons when they come to town, so it would be kind of neat should either Sims or Thompson end up playing on the same court in the pros on which they played in college.
Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson breakdowns after The Jump:
Standig's take on each player is chock full o' quotes and scouts' takes on each, so be sure to give them a whirl as you find a way to escape the crushing boredom of this final hump day in June.
The fit: Obviously the Wizards frontcourt just became a little more crowded this week, but you can never have enough height. Plus, both Emeka Okafor and Nene have missed stretches of games in recent years with injuries. Sims' passing mentality could make for a nice fit in the middle off the offense especially if the Wizards bring players with a scoring knack (Jordan Crawford, Kevin Seraphin) off the bench. Also no issues from a team chemistry standpoint with the gregarious and big smiling big man.
The fit: Sure, the Wizards frontcourt is rather jammed right now, but the group still lacks a consistent shooter outside of 15 feet. Overall, the Wizards were lousy from distance last season, shooting only 32 percent on 3-pointers. Meanwhile in 18 regular season Big East games, Thompson shot 32 percent or less from distance only five times. His agility and perimeter game allowed him frequent minutes at guard and his height would give the Wizards a taller option in their somewhat vertically challenged backcourt. Based on position versatility and instant offense capability, he makes for an intriguing scoring sub. He also showed a willingness to step up under the brightest lights; the two highest scoring games of his career came in the NCAA Tournament.