According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Washington Wizards have signed free agent PF Anthony Gill, who played in Khimki of the EuroLeague last season. Gill’s only NBA-related experience was nine games of summer league in 2017.
Free agent PF Anthony Gill has agreed to a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards, agent Sean Kennedy of @excelsm_bball tells ESPN. Gill played in Khimki of the EuroLeague last season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
The 28-year old Gill, who played at the University of South Carolina before transferring to the University of Virginia, has been a productive player for Khimki the past four seasons.
Gill’s profile in the numbers appears to make him a potential fit with the Wizards. He’s highly efficient on offense — 66% on two-point attempts, 43% from three on more than four attempts per 40 minutes, and 81% from the free throw line. He did a good job avoiding turnovers.
His rebounding was acceptable (nine per 40 minutes), but he’s not a playmaker (just two assists per 40 minutes) and there doesn’t appear to be much defensive production (low blocks and steals, but elevated fouling). On the other hand, he played for Tony Bennett, who annually coaches one of the NCAA’s best defensive units. It seems likely Gill will at least be competent defensively.
Terms of the deal are not yet available. My guess is it’s a minimum salary contract, perhaps with a non-guaranteed second year or a mutual option.
I ran him through Ye Olde Draft Analyzer, and if he was 22 years old, he’d have a draftable grade. Overall, it seems an okay move. At 6-8 and 230, he could get spot duty as a reserve forward or smallball center.
His addition may not be good news for the chances of Anzejs Pasecniks and possibly Moritz Wagner to remain on the roster this season.