The Washington Wizards are likely to be drafting in the top five of the upcoming NBA draft. They also have two second-round picks, which they might be able to package for a late first-rounder from teams such as Oklahoma City and San Antonio, which already boast great depth and don't need to pay a player first-round money to ride the bench.
John Wall has played well since returning from injury, and the Wizards have played considerably better with him on the court. Still, he has yet to reach his true potential, mostly due to health problems.
Bradley Beal has played great as a rookie, winning Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors in December and January. He is a favorite to snag the award for February as well. He has showed the signs of a great scorer and his game will only improve. The Wall/Beal duo has been working and shows great promise for the future.
With a top-five pick, the Wizards will look to draft either a small forward or power forward. There are no great centers available worthy of a high pick, so they will have to wait until round two. Jan Vesely is a certified bust and Trevor Ariza is an average player set to make over $7 million next season. Martell Webster has been surprisingly good, but is a free agent better suited to come off the bench.
Nene and Emeka Okafor combined will cost the Wizards over $27 million next season. Neither is an All-Star-caliber player and Nene has only started 30 games this season. Additionally, both players are over 30 years of age.
*Players featured are based on the assumption that they will declare for the NBA draft as underclassmen.