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

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No.1 – Daniel Oturu, C Minnesota

Center Daniel Oturu out of Minnesota could be a nice consolation prize for the Wizards if they miss out on Onyeka Okongwu in the first round. Standing at 6’10” with a ridiculous 7’2″ wingspan, Oturu made a huge jump in his second season at Minnesota.

The big man showed vast improvement, particularly in the scoring department. Oturu averaged 20.8 PPG his sophomore year, which was second-best in the entire Big-Ten. 20.8 PPG was a massive jump from the 10.8 PPG he put up his freshman season.

Oturu dominated the Big Ten last year. To go along with his 21 PPG, he grabbed 11.3 RPG and blocked a ridiculous 2.5 shots each contest. Using his length and quick jumping ability, he easily sent weak shot attempts packing.

He led the entire Big Ten in blocks per game and total blocks, finishing the year with 76. Oturu’s aggressive mindset to contest every shot does occasionally backfire because he picks up some cheap fouls. He averaged almost three fouls per game (2.7) and finished fourth in the Big Ten with 83 personal fouls.

Oturu will have to be smarter at the next level and choose his spots wisely. By the end of his sophomore season, he ranked third in total turnovers with 88. As long as he plays within himself, then that number should decrease. He’ll no longer have to shoulder the load because he’s surrounded by a lot more talent in the NBA.

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Playing with John Wall and Bradley Beal will take a lot of pressure off Oturu. At Minnesota, he received a lot of attention from defenses because he was the team’s leading scorer. However, he still managed to lead the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting an incredible 56 percent from the field.

Lobs, put backs, lay-ups, mid-range shots, and even some threes! Oturu’s versatility on offense will only continue to get better and better. D.C. just may end up being the best place for him to maximize all of his skills.