NBA Draft 2011: 5 Prospects That Are the Best Fits for the Washington Wizards
When teams draft a franchise player, especially point guards, general managers like to get players who "fit" with the same playing style so they can complement each other. For example, a team that excels in fast breaks and transition baskets won't find much success trying to utilize the talents of a player like Shaquille O'Neal.
This may be the situation the Wizards organization is looking at right now.
There are many interesting prospects in the draft but there are a select number that will be able to thrive in John Wall's playing style, which consists of many pick and rolls and open looks at the perimeter due to his penetration.
Here are a few that should fit nicely with the Wizards...
5. Alec Burks
Although this sounds a little crazy, Alec Burks reminds me a lot of a younger Dwyane Wade. His athleticism is crazy and doesn't have a reliable jump shot, but his mid-range isn't too bad. Most of his scoring in Colorado came from attacking the rim and getting to the free-throw line, which is what I wish Nick Young could've done more of in D.C.
Burks' shot wasn't that reliable in college, but with his high release and solid mid-range, opponents still had to play up on him. The Wizards should only draft him if they see no future in Nick Young, but despite all of that, Burks still fits with the Wizards' playing style very well.
4. Jan Vesely
When John Wall came to the Wizards, one thing that made a significant rise was the amount of fast-break points they put up. A lot of those points came off of the duo of John Wall and center JaVale McGee; with McGee's size and athleticism, no center could keep up with him enough to stop the fast breaks.
Jan Vesely is a highly touted international player that has received the comparisons to Tom Chambers due to Vesely's 6'11" frame and high-flying dunks. One of the knocks on Vesely is that he doesn't seem to have the strength to guard post players in the NBA and doesn't have the quickness on defense to defend guards in the NBA. Vesely also leaves many questions about his ball-handling abilities and his ability to beat a defender to the rim.
Vesely could be higher on this list but he has way too many questions about his game.
3. Chris Singleton
One of the positions the Wizards have yet to fill with a franchise-caliber player is the small forward position. Chris Singleton seems like the perfect match for the Wizards because of what he brings on the defensive part. Right now, the Wizards want to build a championship contender out of this team that was the joke of the league a couple years ago, and in order to make those wishes come true they will need a defensive stopper.
Singleton may not be a future starting player at the wing due to his lack of an offensive game, but his defensive ability is something that no team wants to miss out on. He has good size at 6'9" and great athleticism that helped him have the ability to lock down any perimeter or post player in the NCAA.
He may not be a star, but Singleton is definitely a role player that any championship-contending team can't miss on.
2. Derrick Williams
If you saw the NCAA tournament, then you probably already know about Derrick Williams. He abused college basketball and easily proved that he was a man among boys. Williams is a 6'8" small forward who shot ridiculously good from beyond the arc and finishes through contact with ease.
So what's the catch?
Well, Derrick Williams doesn't have a position right now. He tells reporters that he is a small forward but based on the skills displayed in college, he seems more suited for the power forward position. His main problem on offense is that he turns the ball over too much because of his below-average dribbling ability. His problem on defense is that he just isn't laterally quick enough to guard small forwards in the NBA.
Williams and John Wall fit perfectly, but as for fitting the whole team with some contributions down in the post, not exactly. Time will only tell how Williams adjusts playing in the post with grown men instead of young adults.
Kanter is a great prospect that really fits the need of a new pick-and-pop target now that Yi Jianlian will most likely be lost to free agency. He fits the Wizards mostly because of the amount of toughness he brings in his game, which is lacking from JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche.
Kanter gets many knocks on him about not being that athletic but if you look at some film of him playing, you can see that he runs the floor pretty well for his size. He won't be an alley-oop target like McGee is for Wall but he will see plenty of looks for when Wall penetrates and dishes the ball out to an open man.
Enes Kanter wants to go the Wizards, but the Wizards haven't publicized any announcements on their interest in him. They have reportedly shown interest in Derrick Williams but that could just be a smokescreen for them to pick Kanter as he slips down the draft board.
This would definitely be the best pick and will fit the team's need by adding a post presence and a chairman of the boards.