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

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Washington Wizards Matthew Mayer.
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Matthew Mayer; Forward; Junior

So technically, the Wizards wouldn’t be drafting Matthew Mayer. But he would be a great Garrison Mathews-esque undrafted free agent signee. Mayer hasn’t had the best tournament. During March Madness, he’s made just six of his 18 attempts from deep, per ESPN.com. However, Mayer was a valuable sniper off the bench for the Bears this season.

Mayer, a 6’9″ wing, shot an even 40 percent from deep this season and shot 37.8 percent from deep the season before. The issue is, Mayer doesn’t do much else for the Bears. That’s not necessarily a knock on his ability. He isn’t asked to or required to do much else. And he does his job well. However, he doesn’t do enough to justify a first-round pick. Maybe a late second if the Wizards really like him.

Mayer has shown flashes of ability to create off the dribble and do a little more than shoot, but his limited role prohibited him from showcasing more. I’m not saying he could become an all-around bucket-getter if given the green light, a la Tyler Herro coming out of Kentucky, but Mayer could have more than just a sweet three-point shot if turned loose. And if that’s all he’s got, there are worse one-trick ponies to have. He’s worth a flier if possible, but don’t be shocked if he stays at Baylor for his senior season, either.