December 12, 2019

Washington Wizards get third pick in NBA Draft–Who should they take?

The Washington Wizards did not move up in the upcoming NBA draft to No. 1, that honor went to the New Orleans Hornets, whether you believe the conspiracy theorists or not. With that No. 1 pick, the Hornets will assuredly select Kentucky forward Anthony Davis, the consensus top pick in this year’s class. After that, well, it’s kind of a crapshoot.

What should the Wizards be looking for? Well, they don’t really need a point guard. They seem fairly set at center, with veteran Nene and the emerging Kevin Seraphin. After that though, the roster could use some upgrading. After the coaching change last season they emphasized defense much more and were actually one of the better teams in the league at preventing scoring. It’s at the other end they still had trouble.

Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton are both forwards that play aggressively on defense but are limited up front, so a scorer on the front line would be nice. A banger like Thomas Robinson (Kansas) at 6’9″, 237 would be an interesting addition. If they wanted to add another defensive presence, it would be hard to argue against Davis’ Kentucky teammate, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. MKG is an elite defender and solid (6’7″, 210) at small forward, but isn’t a great shooter or scorer.

The trendy pick for the Wizards right now is bypassing whoever is left between Kidd-Gilchrist and Robinson and selecting shooting guard Bradley Beal from Florida. A terrific shooter who is selective with his shot, he could immediately add a threat to the offense and team with point guard John Wall to form an explosive duo in the back court. With Wall’s driving ability, having a running mate to kick out to — with confidence — could go along way in finally getting the best out Wall’s explosiveness.

The biggest wildcard in the process is the Charlotte Bobcats, who own the No. 2 pick. The Wiz will just have to wait until Michael Jordan decides who he wants to add to his flailing franchise on draft night, then Ernie Grunfeld will get to choose between the remaining two.

There are three other names Wizards fans should keep an outside eye on though. Harrison Barnes is a 19-year old small forward out of North Carolina, Andre Drummond is a 6’11”, 275 center from UConn and Jared Sullinger is a 6’9″, 280 power forward from Ohio State. Sullinger is the most established of the three, Drummond is huge and Barnes silky smooth.

And one final scenario to throw out there. Portland owns the sixth and 11th picks in the draft, and several reports have them interested in trading up into the top three or four picks. Should Grunfeld be tempted by adding two players in the top 11 in the draft, and the player he wanted was selected by Charlotte, we could see pieces moved on draft day.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

Comments

  1. Beal shot 34% from the shorter college 3-point range and 77% from the free throw line. I don’t see how this makes him a terrific shooter.

    I’m scared by this pick.

  2. The trade with Portland for the #6 and #11 picks is intriguing, but not sure if it’s really something the Wizards should do at this point. We keep hearing how they want to add some veteran presence to the young roster. The team has some options and this will be a huge offseason for owner Ted Leonsis because the fans are at wits end and sick of the losing.

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