There’s been much speculation about which prospect the Washington Wizards will select tomorrow night, and even though they won’t be picking in the first round of the NBA Draft, they do have the 46th overall pick in what is considered to be one of the deepest drafts in quite some time.
Like most Wizards fans, I wasn’t too focused on college basketball throughout the NBA season because Washington was competing for playoff positioning. Now that the season is over, I’ve taken the time to gather some information about a few of the second round prospects that could be on Washington’s radar. To get a better view about who they might pick tomorrow night, here are the “expert” opinions via various mock drafts around the web.
- NBADraft.net: According to the folks over at NBADraft.net, the Wizards will select…James Michael McAdoo with the 46th overall pick. McAdoo, who was projected to get picked in the lottery prior to his sophomore season at the University of North Carolina, failed to live up to his potential and ultimately plummeted in mock drafts. McAdoo worked out for the Wizards last week and could be considered one of the more intriguing prospects in the second round. I’m a bit more familiar with McAdoo because the Wizards were still a lottery team when he was still a highly touted prospect, and I don’t think it would be a bad pick by any means. At 6’9, McAdoo could be capable of playing both forward positions and is athletic enough to share the court with John Wall and Bradley Beal. Although the AARP unit was solid last season, it became apparent that the Wizards would need to get more athletic. I’m not sure if McAdoo would be able to contribute right away, but he does have potential.
- DraftExpress.com: According to DraftExpress, the Wizards will select…Nick Johnson with the 46th overall pick. Umair Khan of Bullets Forever believes that Johnson would be able to replace Garrett Temple off the bench. Johnson is billed as a 6’3 shooting guard who doesn’t do anything extremely well, but is solid on both sides of the court. He shot nearly 37% from three at Arizona during his junior season and could potentially be the third guard the Wizards are looking for.
- WalterFootball.com: According to WalterFootball, the Wizards will select…Markel Brown with the 46th overall pick. Like Nick Johnson, Brown is a bit undersized for his position, but makes up for it with solid shooting and experience. Brown averaged over 17 points per game during his senior season at Oklahoma State and is projected to get selected late in the second round. Washington needs scoring off the bench and Brown wouldn’t be an awful selection at no.46.
So, there you have it.
Like most drafts, predicting which prospect is going to get picked by which team is extremely difficult, especially in the second round. Although there are reports that the Wizards are leaning towards selecting a big man in order to fill a void that could potentially be left by free agents Trevor Booker, Al Harrington, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin, most mock drafts have the Wizards taking a guard in the second round of the NBA Draft.
Who do you want the Wizards to select? Let me know in the comments.