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White has some work ahead

BY KYLE MANN | JUNE 29, 2015 5:00 AM

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The debate over whether Aaron White would be drafted was obviously answered June 25, when White went 49th overall to the Washington Wizards. The Wizards indeed need depth on the wing, but the reality is that White is likely far from NBA-ready.

White measured 6-9 in shoes at the NBA combine and weighed 220 pounds, which along with his near 7-foot wingspan gives him more than adequate size and length as a small forward and also offers versatility at stretch-4.

Where his size and versatility are positives, however, his correspondingly in-between skills could become problematic.

If the Wizards intend to play him heavily on the perimeter, he will need to make sure his 3-point percentage stays closer to the 35 percent from his senior year rather than the roughly 25 percent he shot in the three seasons preceding it. Furthermore, he can be stiff and clunky as a ball handler, which would also need to improve.

He is not overly quick laterally or strong in his lower half, which will detract from him as a defender and a rebounder in the post.

White is not alone, however. With the Warriors coming off a season using the small-ball approach, stretch forwards such as White are in high demand, and his work ethic indicates that he has a higher chance to pan out than some other projects.

The Wizards will give White an opportunity to prove himself in the NBA Summer League, but they are entertaining the idea of having White play professionally overseas for a season while retaining his rights.

White, like Devyn Marble a year ago, has some work ahead of him. But he’s going to get his chance.


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