Wizards Draft Prospect Profile: Mark Williams is Talented, but Would he Fit?

Mark Williams of the Duke Blue Devils, Wizards Draft. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Mark Williams of the Duke Blue Devils, Wizards Draft. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /
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The Washington Wizards have been doing their due diligence when it comes to the 2022 NBA Draft class. While it remains possible the Wizards make a trade involving their tenth overall pick, it’s also realistic that they will be making the pick when the time comes.

The team announced they held a workout with Duke big man Mark Williams recently.

Williams is a massive prospect. He measured in at seven feet tall without shoes on during the NBA Draft Combine. In fact, his combine numbers across the board gave his stock a boost in the lead-up to the draft.

Williams was productive when he was on the court at Duke and his measurables jump off the board. He has a massive standing reach and wingspan, making him that much more of a weapon near both rims.

In his sophomore season at Duke, Williams averaged 11.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game to go along with the 2.8 shots he blocked. He did all this in under 24 minutes per contest for the Blue Devils.

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His production lead him to earn the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award. A simple way to explain his dominance on defense is by showing the difference in total blocked shots between Williams and the next player in the ACC. Williams blocked 110 shots during the season, three players tied for second behind him at 67 blocked shots.

A big, strong presence in the paint, Williams is obviously on the radar of many NBA teams that have a pick in the first round. The WIzards are doing their due diligence, so further evaluation is required. Will the Wizards draft the Duke big man with their first-round pick? Only time will tell, but we can evaluate him as a prospect right now.