Washington Wizards NBA Draft: 3 Gonzaga players the Wizards could draft

Washington Wizards Jalen Suggs. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Wizards Jalen Suggs. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports /
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Washington Wizards Jalen Suggs.
Washington Wizards Jalen Suggs. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports /

Jalen Suggs: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

The crown jewel of the Gonzaga roster is freshman Jalen Suggs. Cade Cunnigham has long been considered the top prospect in the upcoming NBA Draft, but Suggs has been playing himself into the top-pick conversation.

He may not have the flashiest game, but he can do everything. And do it well. During Suggs’ freshman season at Gonzaga, he averaged 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. His shooting percentages weren’t great: 33 percent from three and 76 percent from the free-throw line. But Suggs’ talent — and potential — are obvious. The few minor red flags don’t outweigh the enormous upside that comes with this 6’5″, athletic guard.

At just 19 years old, Suggs is already a standout. As a freshman, he won all the awards. ALL THE AWARDS:

  • WCC All-Freshman
  • All-WCC
  • All-WCC Tournament
  • WCC Tournament MVP
  • WCC Rookie of the Year

Suggs is a winner and he makes winning plays. It’s a cliche we hear every year about one prospect or another, but it’s true about Suggs. The resume, highlight-reel plays, and undefeated record are more than enough evidence. Things might be a bit crowded in the backcourt at first with Suggs joining Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal. But Raul Neto and Ish Smith will both be free agents this offseason and Suggs is the type of talent you find room for.

The Wizards have a real chance at landing Suggs. He’ll go somewhere in the top four, and the Wizards currently have the sixth-best lottery odds. But there’s plenty of time for the WIzards to stack L’s and cement their place at the top of the NBA Draft.

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