Unlike in last years NBA Draft, where the Washington Wizards selected Bradley Beal third overall out of Florida, there isn’t necessarily a consensus pick out of college in this upcoming draft.
Otto Porter Jr. out of Georgetown has gotten lots of attention from Wizards fans, especially since Georgetown resonates with the nation’s capital. Porter, the reigning Big East Player of the Year, would be a perfect fit with the Wizards. Even though Otto Porter doesn’t specialize in a specific talent, such as shooting which would separate him amongst the other NBA Draft prospects, Porter is one of the most versatile players in this years draft class. Porter shot over 42 percent from three this past season at Georgetown, while Bradley Beal, who was considered the best shooter in his draft class, shot just shy of 39 percent in college. His length and awareness will make him one of the most versatile defenders in the NBA, especially since he has shown the capability of defending multiple positions. Otto Porter is also the type of player the Wizards would love to have in their locker room, and certainly won’t have to worry about character issues like they have with past prospects. Porter is essentially good at everything, but he might be missing a hint of star potential, or something we can’t necessarily put our finger on, which could possibly cause his draft stock to fall a bit.
So what if the Wizards decide to draft a player with a bit more upside, or someone who isn’t as NBA ready as Porter, but might have perfected a technique which will elevate him on the NBA level?
Washington is reportedly “very high” on UNLV big man, Anthony Bennett, which may have delighted some fans and turned some away. Personally, I love the fact that this NBA Draft is wide open, especially for the Wizards who will be selecting third overall. If they do decide to draft Bennett with the third overall pick, it won’t be the end of the world, even though some fans will inevitably act like it’s armageddon. Bennett could become the offensive factor the Wizards are desperately missing, especially since he would likely become a focal point in a core rebuilding group which features John Wall and Bradley Beal. If Bennett develops into a decent defender, he has the potential to become an All-Star caliber big man in a league which lacks fundamentally sound forwards and centers. Regardless, Bennett has all the offensive tools to become a first or second option on a good NBA team. His ability to work in the post, combined with his ability to stretch the floor and shoot the ball from the outside, will ultimately cause Bennett’s stock to rise on draft day, and I won’t be surprised if the Wizards decide to take him third overall.
What if former Kansas Jayhawk, Ben McLemore is on the board when it’s the Wizards turn to pick on June 27th? Even though the Wizards have established their backcourt of the future with John Wall and Bradley Beal, Washington has stated they’ll likely choose the best player available, which in this case would be McLemore. The NBA game is starting to feature smaller lineups, which sometimes includes three guard sets. Even though a three guard lineup would probably hurt the Wizards defensively and in the rebounding category, their sub par offense which was ranked last in the NBA this past season, would grow exponentially. McLemore is considered the best shooting guard in this years draft, and his ability to shoot the ball if often compared to the likes of Ray Allen. There are plenty of factors which would weigh into this decision, but I have a hard time thinking that a horrible offensive team like the Wizards would pass on a player of McLemore’s caliber, just to fit a positional need.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Otto Porter Jr. will probably be the pick if he’s on the board, and I’m all for it. You have to remember; if the Wizards decide to go in a different direction, they’ll have good reason to do so. There are plenty of draft prospects which could come in the NBA and make an immediate impact, especially for a team like the Wizards.
Let’s keep an open mind before immediately deciding on Otto Porter Jr.