Washington Wizards: Wizards Add Depth, Draft Bradley Beal and Tomas Satoransky
With the third pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards took Bradley Beal out of Florida. The shooting guard attracted the Wizards with his shooting and overall scoring ability as well as improving defense.
Teaming with John Wall, Beal will improve the shooting of a team that desperately needed a player to help space the floor for Wall.
Beal struggled early on at Florida but improved as the season matured and reached his peak in the NCAA tournament. He finished with 14.8 points per game, and if he continues to work on his offensive game, he should be able to score consistently in the NBA.
This pick filled a need for the Wizards while also taking the best player available. Washington had a lack of deep shooting, as Wall is more of a slashing-type of point guard. With Jordan Crawford more fitted for a sixth-man role, the Wizards needed to get a shooting guard who could open up the floor for Wall to operate.
Beal fits this need perfectly.
With the 32nd pick in the draft, Washington took Tomas Satoransky. A 6'7" guard, Satoransky is from the Czech Republic and may not appear in the NBA for a few years. Satoransky has point guard skills for someone that big but can not shoot well enough (right now) to play small forward in the league. Wherever he ends up, Satoransky is a project player that may not appear on the Wizards roster for a few years.
Overall the Wizards got shooting from Beal and athleticism from Satoransky.
Satoransky probably won't play for the Wizards for awhile, but Beal brings immediate help to the roster. Looking forward, this draft was solid for Washington as they addressed both a need and want. Beal helps now, while Satoransky can take his time developing in Europe and then join his friend Jan Vesely on the team.
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