4) Anthony Bennett, SF/PF, UNLV
Besides Otto Porter, Bennett is probably the most talked about prospect amongst Wizards fans.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, the Wizards clearly need help on the offensive side of the floor. Washington’s aging big men also makes room for another young forward to come into the equation, without having to contribute a lot right away.
When asked about this upcoming draft, John Wall has always talked about potentially adding a forward who’ll help the team spread the floor. Anthony Bennett is one of the most versatile offensive players in this draft, but his ability to shoot the ball at his size is probably his most valuable asset. Washington doesn’t have any cap space or intriguing players with trade value, so adding a “stretch 4″ through the draft is one way to acquire the needed talent.
Bennett is also capable of playing in the post, but his overall polished offensive game is something we haven’t seen in the past few NBA Drafts, especially with the other forwards. Bennett’s lack of commitment defensively and his recent shoulder injury which has kept him out of pre-draft workouts may have caused his draft stock to fall.
I’m honestly not a fan of tweeners, but if the Wizards decide to take Bennett based off his offensive skill-set, I wouldn’t be too upset.