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

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No. 5 – Devon Dotson, PG Kansas

The Wizards’ starting point guard spot is back on lock, with John Wall set to return after missing almost two full seasons. Veteran point guard Ish Smith will also be back to play out his two-year deal’s final season.

Smith has been a steady presence in D.C. since joining the squad. The 10-year vet put up solid numbers last season, averaging 10.9 PPG, 4.9 APG, & 3.2 RPG in 26.3 minutes per game. His veteran leadership off the bench will be important.

But it’s unlikely the Wizards hang onto Smith after this season. To replace his minutes, Washington can draft another ball-handler in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft. Devon Dotson out of Kansas is the perfect candidate!

Dotson averaged 18.1 PPG, 4.0 APG & 4.1 RPG last year for the Jayhawks. He played two years at Kansas and received First Team All-Big 12 and Second Team All-American honors during his sophomore year.

Dotson is a blur with the ball in his hands. In transition, he’s a nightmare for defenses in transition with his speed and has no problem leading the break and finding an open teammate or scoring the rock himself. But he’s also excellent in the half-court as well. Standing at only 6’1”, Dotson is a little undersized for your average NBA point guard. However, he finishes extremely well around the basket.

Dotson is very crafty and acrobatic at the rim. He uses his body well to shield taller defenders and make tough lay-ups. Absolutely fearless attacking the rim, Dotson knows how to get to the foul line. During his sophomore season, he averaged 5.7 free-throws per game and made 83 percent of them. He led the entire Pac-12 last season in total free throws made with 142.

Early in the second round is a great spot to pick a young point guard to groom. Dotson may seem small, but his heart and effort make up for the lack of size. In my opinion, his defense is the most underrated aspect of his game.

Dotson led the entire Big-12 in steals averaging 2.1 per game. He has great defensive instincts and very quick hands. He’ll often catch defenders lacking and swipe the ball away out of nowhere.