As luck would have it, the Washington Wizards moved up to the third slot in this upcoming NBA Draft, which ultimately turned our focus to some of the top prospects coming out of college.
With that said, the Washington Wizards also have two second round picks- No. 37 and No. 54, but are unlikely to take advantage of both selections. According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld will look into all scenarios regarding their two second round picks;
I don’t think we want to have three rookies on the roster next year. We’ll see what we do with those second-round picks and how they could become an asset. Maybe package them to move up a little bit…Most years there is some movement. I’m sure there will be a lot of discussion, a lot of speculation, a lot of rumors flying, but we feel comfortable wherever we end up that we’ll be able to find somebody to help us and do some things for us.
Washington hasn’t had much luck finding legitimate talent in the second round in quite some time, and their intentions of getting rid of the picks display their lack of willingness to look further down in the draft. Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack were both selected by Washington a few years ago, but they’ve since failed to leave a mark in the NBA. Shelvin Mack, who was the Wizards’ second round pick, is no longer with the organization, while Singleton has had trouble developing enough to get consistent playing time.
Last season, the Wizards decided to stash away their second round pick by selecting Tomáš Satoranský out of the Czech Republic, knowing that he won’t be contributing to the team in the near future. Even though the Wizards have built a track record of failed experiments in the second round, Washington has the chance to acquire several pieces in this years draft who could possibly become a part of their foundation.
Washington needs to sign a backup point guard this off-season, since A.J. Price is a freeagent, and their desire for a stretch forward could probably be obtained through the NBA Draft. Washington’s salary cap situation is in a state of flux and with virtually no tradeable assets on the roster (besides John Wall, Bradley Beal and their lottery pick of course), the second round of the draft will become a viable solution to some of their glaring problems.
Washington was reportedly very high on former Louisville guard and reigning National Champion, Peyton Siva, who could certainly become a spark plug off the bench. Bucknell’s Mike Muscala was also very enthusiastic about the possibility of teaming up with John Wall in the nation’s capital. Muscala is also a second round prospect who could fit right in with their cast, since he has the ability to play in the post as well as shoot the ball from the perimeter.
Don’t get me wrong; if the Wizards could package the picks in exchange for an established veteran player or to move up in the draft, they should certainly explore their options. But that still doesn’t change the fact that they shouldn’t immediately discount the second round.
I realize that finding a gem in the second round of a “weak” NBA Draft is very unlikely, but I much rather see the team go in that direction, rather than selling the picks or just stashing them away for a player who’ll probably never put on a Wizards jersey. It may seem infeasible to some, but it’s certainly been done before. Chandler Parsons, who has become a key player for the Houston Rockets, was selected 38th overall in 2011. There are a number of players I could mention, all of which have been taken in the second round. It’s unlikely that the Wizards find a steal in the second round, but they have nothing to lose by trying to do so.
Do you have any favorite second round prospects? Let me know in the comments section below.