For the past month or so, we’ve been breaking down each pick for every individual lottery team in this years NBA Draft, including the Washington Wizards. Some of our picks may seem surprising, but I’m hoping it helps shed some light on every prospect we included and their possible fit with the respective teams. I also included some snippets from every piece to help increase the intrigue. Enjoy.
1) Cleveland Cavaliers: HERE
Unlike in 2011 where the Cavaliers selected Kyrie Irving out of Duke University, this years NBA Draft doesn’t necessarily have a consensus number one overall pick. Regardless, I think the choice is fairly obvious.
2) Orlando Magic: HERE
As the NBA game continues to display smaller lineups, the point guard position has became as dynamic as it’s ever been. Virtually every rebuilding team has a legitimate point guard in some capacity, but the Orlando Magic seem to be missing a key guard, who’ll be featured in their young rebuilding nucleus.
3) Washington Wizards: HERE
In my opinion, this selection is a no-brainer for Washington. And they need to look no further than the guy who dressed for games right down the hall from the team.
4) Charlotte Bobcats: HERE
Where do you begin (I have to tell you, looking at this roster made me fortunate to be a Wizards fan. With all due respect, MJ.)? When a team finishes last in defensive rating and third to last in offensive rating, anywhere is up.
5) Phoenix Suns: HERE
Besides Goran Dragic, the Suns don’t have very many pieces on their roster who aren’t considered expendable. As of right now, the Suns have a bunch of role players on their team, which haven’t put out very productive results on the court.
6) New Orleans Pelicans: HERE
The Pelicans have established a nice young core, but last years number one overall pick, Anthony Davis, clearly stands out. Unlike many of his counterparts, and his fellow Kentucky Wildcat Nerlens Noel who is projected to get selected first overall in a couple weeks, Davis is able to do virtually everything on both sides of the floor.
7) Sacramento Kings: HERE
Heading into this offseason, the Kings have nine players under contract, $41 million committed, and a bunch of questions regarding in what direction the team is heading. With his immense talent and potential to improve even more, DeMarcus Cousins figures to be the face of the franchise, but with his bouts with headcasedness it may be difficult to pencil him in as the cornerstone just yet.
8) Detroit Pistons: HERE
As I looked over the Detroit Pistons roster, it’ll be tough for them to go wrong with any of the top prospects slated to go 8th overall. They have established a solid frontcourt with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, but they might be missing a guard who could help them in several aspects of the game.
9) Minnesota Timberwolves: HERE
I know the old adage is to never pick for need, but the Wolves appear to be pretty close to putting together a playoff team. The first act in the new adventures of old Flip Saunders has to be to get somebody that can put the ball in the hoop.
10) Portland Trail Blazers: HERE
Big men are always needed, which causes their stock to fluctuate on draft day. On occasion, a team picking high in the draft will likely gamble on a talented big man in the lottery, just for the sake of acquiring a talented big man.
11) Philadelphia 76ers: HERE
The Sixers are in the late lottery, which gives them options. They could potentially look at trade situations in order to acquire an established veteran in exchange for their pick, look for the best player available, or draft on potential. In this case, I think it’s best if the Sixers take a player who could have an immediate impact right out of the gate.
12) Oklahoma City Thunder: HERE
There aren’t many contending teams which have the opportunity to acquire an additional piece to their young nucleus though the NBA Draft, but the Oklahoma City Thunder have a chance to do just that in a few days. With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka leading the way, Oklahoma City will compete for the championship for many years to come.
13) Dallas Mavericks: HERE
With Cuban playing a Pimp Named Slickback and shopping Marion and the 13th pick all over town, I would be more surprised at this point if Dallas makes this pick than if they don’t.
14) Utah Jazz: HERE
Utah desperately needs to find a point guard to play with their young bigmen. With Al Jefferson likely leaving in freeagency, Utah will have more of a chance to showcase some of their younger bigs.
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