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Washington Wizards: Last-Second Options for NBA Draft

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Darryl FetzCorrespondent IIOctober 20, 2016

The NBA Draft is tomorrow, and the Washington Wizards currently have the third pick. Whatever they do, the Wizards must come away with either a shooting guard or a small forward. With this pick, Washington has a few different strategies they could pursue. 

 

Draft Bradley Beal

Most people think the Wizards should take Beal to fill the shooting guard role. Beal represents the best shooting guard in the draft and would fit well with John Wall in the Wizards backcourt. If the Charlotte Bobcats stay at No. 2, Thomas Robinson would be a smart pick for them. This opens up room for the Wizards to take Beal. 

If the Bobcats trade the pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers are sitting at No. 4 just waiting to move up and take Beal. If this happens, Washington will have to go in another direction. 

 

Draft Michael-Kidd Gilchrist

Kidd-Gilchrist is my favorite player in the draft, and I would love to see Washington take him. Would he fit in with the offense as well as Beal? Probably not, but he might be the better player.

MKG is the hardest working player in the draft and was the heart of a national championship-winning team. His defense and intangibles are off the charts and he would certainly help the Wizards on defense. He is an upgraded version of Chris Singleton and Trevor Ariza and would be able to help in the new-look Wizards defense. 

 

Draft Harrison Barnes

Barnes has two big things working for him: He is athletic and he can shoot the ball great. He would be a nice floor-spacer on offense, but I don't see him being as good as Beal on offense or Kidd-Gilchrist on defense. 

Questions about Barnes have made his value fluctuate, as some mock drafts put him at No. 2, while others have him dropping in the first round. Wherever he goes, he will be a valuable pro, but is just not the fit in Washington.

 

Trade Down

If the Wizards honestly do not care which of the above three players they draft, trading down is a great option. Some teams are trying to jump up to take the Wizards spot, so they have a few options.

If the Wizards jump down and stay in the top-ten, they could add a later pick in the second round. Adding depth later in the draft can find a steal and, if Washington swapped picks with another team in the top-ten, they could add another player later in the draft. 

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