The Washington Wizards got their 2020 free agency season started by signing a stretch four from the EuroLeague. Welcome to D.C., Anthony Gill.
The Wizards’ first signing of the free agency period won’t move the NBA needle, but you have to start somewhere. And the Wizards started with Anthony Gill.
First reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wizards signed stretch four Anthony Gill to get their free agency party started. The 28-year-old, 6’8 forward has spent the last three seasons in the EuroLeague with BC Khimki. While overseas, Gill transformed his game. The last time we saw Gill playing basketball in the U.S., it was for the University of Virginia.
Gill was a standout member on some dominant Virginia teams. During Gill’s three seasons in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers went 89-19. During that time, Gill was named to two All-ACC teams, two All-ACC Tournament teams, and one coaches’ All-ACC Defensive team.
Gill went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. Although he played with the Charlotte Hornets Summer League team, he never got a chance at the NBA level after leaving college. Since then, Gill has transformed his game and become an extremely efficient scorer. Per Synergy Sports, Gill shot an effective field goal percentage of 63 in spot-up situations, 63 going one-on-one in the post, and 68 finishing around the rim in the half-court.
Plus, Gill has also expanded his range while abroad. Although Gill was an efficient scorer at UVA, he did nearly all of his scoring inside the three-point line. After three years at Virginia, Gill finished with a 58.2 career field goal percentage. He attempted only three three-pointers during that entire time!
While with Khimki, though, Gill has become a legitimate three-point threat. During each of his three-season in the EuroLeague, Gill averaged at least two attempts from beyond the arc each game. During the 2019-20 season, Gill averaged 44.0 percent from outside on 2.0 attempts per game.
The terms of the deal aren’t available yet, but It’s probably a low-risk deal for the Wizards. If it works out, great! They found a steal! If not, they can move on without sacrificing much in the long run.
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