Washington Wizards 2020 NBA Draft: 5 Potential Second-Round Steals

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Every year in the NBA Draft, prospects projected to be picked near the top fall down the board. Here’s a list of five potential players the Washington Wizards can scoop up in the second round.

The first round of the NBA Draft gets most of the attention, but you never know what sleepers you can grab in the second round. Each year prospects who are expected to go early in the draft end up slipping down the board. Sometimes these players end up falling out of the draft completely.

The Toronto Raptors signed guard Fred VanVleet after he went undrafted in 2016. Now he’s one of this year’s premier free agents and is looking to cash in after his best season yet (17.6 PPG, 6.6 APG, 3.8 RPG, and 1.9 SPG).

In addition to the ninth pick, the Wizards also have the 37th pick. Can they find a diamond in the second round?

GM Tommy Shepard made it clear what type of players they plan on targeting in a recent pre-draft interview with NBCSports Washington. Washington is searching for prospects who check off boxes in three specific areas.

“What we’re looking for is consistency of performance, consistency of your competitive gene, and consistency of your character…That doesn’t start when you get to college.”

Make no mistake. It’s not rare for a second-round pick to come in and immediately make an impact. Last year, the Golden State Warriors found a second-round gem when they drafted Eric Paschall out of Villanova with the 41st pick. He started 26 games, averaged 14 PPG, 4.6 RPG, and 2.1 APG, and made the All-Rookie second team.

With the 37th pick in the 2nd round of the 2020 NBA Draft, the Wizards will have more than a few options to choose from.  Here’s a list of five second-round targets that they should consider.