Washington Wizards 2020 NBA Draft: Precious Achiuwa profile

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The Washington Wizards need a rim protector.

In order for Washington to improve their 29th ranked defense from last year, they need a rim protector. The Wizards need an intimidating force in the paint to make opponents think twice about attacking the basket. Last year, the 23-year-old  Bryant started 36 games for Washington down low and has quietly turned himself into a quality role player.

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However, Bryant still leaves a lot to be desired on the defensive end. Last season, Bryant averaged one block per game for the first time in his three-year career. Standing at 6’10”, he has the ideal height and length to contest and alter shots. But unfortunately, his shot-blocking ability does not strike fear in opposing teams. Achiuwa, on the other hand, can be the defensive anchor in the middle for years to come. At Memphis, he had three or more blocks in 10 games. He’s ready to come in right now and make opponents dread coming into the paint.

With the league moving more towards positionless basketball, Achiuwa fits the mold for the new-age big man. His measurables and style of play are very similar to the Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo or the Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins. All three are slightly undersized but super athletic and can space the floor with their shooting stroke. Their grit and toughness on the defensive end make up for their lack of size because they’ll contest any shot in the vicinity.

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Bam Adebayo was just selected to the All-Star team in only his third season. John Collins is only 22 years old, but he just averaged 21.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in his third season. The recent success of both these players should give the Wizards confidence that Precious Achiuwa can contribute immediately. Washington just needs to simplify his role in year one as they continue to groom him. Patience will pay dividends for them when it’s all said and done.