The Washington Wizards are in desperate need of a small forward.
Fortunately for them, the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft is capable of solving that problem.
As we approach the NBA draft, the pressure is without question mounting on the Wizards organization to make a move that betters the team and appeases fans as well.
Out of the top prospects in the draft, the main consensus is that the Wizards are debating between selecting either Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. or UNLV's Anthony Bennett, according to Post Sports.
Just a few days before the NBA draft, the Wizards have narrowed their pick to Otto Porter Jr. and Anthony Bennett. http://t.co/BBP0ZZ3sj7— Post Sports (@PostSports) June 24, 2013
Whether a move comes in the form of Porter, Bennett or a trade, a number of avenues exist for the Wizards on draft night.
The Wise Move: Select Otto Porter
In terms of need, Porter is the best fit for the Wizards.
For a Wizards squad lacking a swingman who can give a quality contribution on both halves of the court, selecting Porter with the No. 3 pick makes a great deal of sense.
In his sophomore campaign at Georgetown, Porter averaged 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.
Porter has the ability to be a premier defender at the next level. With a 6’9”, 220-pound frame, Porter’s size gives him the ability to play three different positions.
Many hope for Porter's named to be called third overall on Thursday evening.
I pray my @WashWizards draft Otto porter— Master P (@Lildread_) June 26, 2013
I'm kinda warming up to Otto Porter being drafted by the Wizards.— Matthew McCartney (@Wizardfan75) June 26, 2013
@CuffsTheLegend man I'm going with Otto porter..— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 25, 2013
Keep in mind, Otto Porter has proven that he’s got game, having earned Big East Player of the Year and first-team All-America honors during his sophomore season.
Giving Porter the opportunity to call D.C. home would be a shrewd move by the Wizards.
Plus, being able to stay within close-range of collegiate coach John Thompson III would not be all that bad either.
The Popular Move: Select Anthony Bennett
It's no secret that people are enamored with Anthony Bennett.
Anthony Bennett may have the highest ceiling of anyone in this draft. A key thing to remember? Didn't play w a PG at UNLV. Still dominated.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 18, 2013
My official prediction for the #Wizards: Anthony Bennett— Austin Taylor (@WizardsNation) June 26, 2013
Bennett’s ability to bang in the post and score from mid-range on a consistent basis would be a welcomed addition to the Wizards and any other team in the NBA.
Although Bennett is relatively “wet behind the ears” in terms of experience, his athleticism and aforementioned abilities make him an attractive prospect.
While one can go on and on about the awesomeness of Bennett, there are the inevitable caution signs that exist.
In May, Bennett underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. While injuries are common and unavoidable, one cannot help but wonder if Bennett’s shoulder will be an issue for years to come.
We can never know what impact injuries can have on a player going forward. Sometimes, something that seems minute can turn out to be quite serious.
Making matters worse, ESPN’s Chad Ford brought to light Bennett’s ongoing weight issues:
Bennett 18lbs overweight rt now at 261lbs. A bit scary. Porter safer. Bennett more upside. RT @shrafel: Who would you pick? Torn.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 24, 2013
The red flags presented might play a role in what decision the Wizards choose to make. However, there is no denying the talent Bennett possesses.
The Safe Move: Trade the No. 3 Pick
Soon after, however, TNT's David Aldridge quickly dismissed the rumors:
If such a move were to happen, mixed reception would be a certainty. The rumors alone already have some fans wallowing in pity.
Big SMH if the Wizards trade Emeka Okafor and their #3 overall pick for ole man Luol Deng...not even a star #typicalwizards move— Michael Prince (@ThePrince5) June 25, 2013
Honestly, Luol Deng would be a good fit with the Wizards.
Deng’s leadership and will to win are well-needed qualities that are pretty much absent in the nation’s capital.
However, passing on drafting a potential star in favor of a 28-year-old swingman could prove to be a regret as time goes on.
What should the Wizards do with the No. 3 pick?
Being in the lottery year in and year out is nothing to be proud of and Wizards fans will let their team know it if next year is yet another head-hanging campaign.
So, what should the Wizards do?
Should they make the wise move in drafting Otto Porter Jr.? Should they take a gamble on Anthony Bennett? Should they make the safe move and trade the No. 3 pick?
Washington Wizards—the clock starts now.