Once again, the Washington Wizards found themselves in the NBA Draft Lottery. Last year, the Wizards had the opportunity to draft Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal with their 3rd overall pick. Just like last year, the Wizards are in the same situation with the third pick in the draft this year, but with more breathing room. Any Wizards fan would know that with Ernie Grunfeld being the general manager, nothing is set in stone when it comes to handling a draft, whether it being trading the pick or wasting a first round pick.
After getting John Wall in the 2010 draft and Beal in 2012, the Wizards now have a young backcourt for the future. This upcoming draft will be focused on getting a third scoring option to go with those guys, preferably a forward.
One of the options at the third pick is UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett. Being 6’8, 240 pounds, he clearly already has an NBA body. To go along with that, he has an impressive mid-range game for a big man and is able to finish under the basket against most NBA power forwards. Bennett averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds in his only year at UNLV and was the star and leader of the team.
The second, or first option depending on who you ask, for the pick is Georgetown small forward Otto Porter. The 6’8 forward was the Big East Player of the year and also was an NCAA POY candidate. Having similar stats to Bennett, he averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds. Otto is one of the more gifted players in the draft because he affects the game in so many ways, whether it is offensively or defensively.
Either one of these players will improve the Wizards this season and help build on what they ended with this past season, which was some rejuvenated hope within the fan-base. Bennett would be a front-court scoring option for Wall, which would free him and Beal more often in the backcourt. John Wall is a great drive and dish player and Otto Porter would be an option for him on the wing, who like Beal, can consistently hit open three-pointers and also take it to the rack if defenders over commit. If Porter develops an efficient corner three pointer, he could be deadly.
With this pick, the Wizards have the opportunity to be vying for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference next season, so it goes without saying hopefully they make the right move.
The 2013 NBA Draft is exactly two weeks away. Anthony Bennett will be meeting with the Wizards today, but not working out due to his shoulder injury. Otto Porter makes his stop in DC on Friday.
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