As the 2014 NBA Draft approaches, the Washington Wizards are looking to steal a gem at number 46.
That’s right. The Wizards only have one pick in this year’s draft and it happens to be a mid-second-round pick. Bummer…well, not exactly.
The Wizards the grabbed the attention of many NBA fans in the 2013-2014 season by accomplishing a surprising 44-38 record in the regular season and giving the Indiana Pacers a run for their money in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Washington is a young and talented team but there is one thing they could use in order to get them to the next level and that’s more bench production.
The Wizards finished the season 26th in bench production in the NBA and second-to-last in bench points with just 24.8 points per game. They need to improve their bench and that is where the 46th pick comes into play.
The Wizards should draft a backup point guard to maintain the tempo that John Wall builds. Andre Miller is a terrific veteran point guard but honestly, the 38-year-old is on his way out of the league pretty soon. Another good pickup would be a shooting guard to bring some offensive firepower to the ball club. The Wizards need to re-sign Marcin Gortat, Drew Gooden, Trevor Ariza and Trevor Booker in order to keep their strong inside presence. Draft a guard! That should be the game plan heading into the draft.
Here are three prospects that the Wizards should target in the draft:
1. Jahii Carson- Carson is a 5-foot-10-inch, 180-pound point guard with tremendous scoring ability. Carson has electrifying speed and can pass the ball well. However, constant criticism of Carson’s score-first mentality has dropped his draft ranking. That’s nonsense. This guy is really a first-round talent but a ton of teams are most likely going to sleep on him. He absolutely tore it up at Arizona State in the last two years. Let’s not forget that Carson measured an astounding vertical leap of 43.5 inches at the 2014 NBA Draft Combine. Carson is explosive and keeps defenders guessing with an array of moves and killer crossovers.
2. Jordan Adams- Adams is a flat out scorer. He averaged 17.4 points and 5.3 rebounds as a shooting guard for UCLA last year. On top of that, Adams was fourth in Division I in steals with 2.7 pilfers a contest. Adams displays great effort on the defensive end and is one of the best rebounding guards in the draft. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Adams will be able to bang with those muscular guards such as James Harden. Adams is not very quick but makes up for it with his size and resiliency.
3. Andre Dawkins- Dawkins shows shades of former San Antonio Spurs guard and ESPN analyst Bruce Bowen. Dawkins was an extremely accurate shooter for Duke University. He didn’t always play but when he did, Dawkins lit it up from downtown. Dawkins can lock up on defense as well. Coach Krzyzewski definitely instilled some solid principles in this kid at Duke. Dawkins is a 6-foot-4, 206-pound guard with excellent discipline. He’s coachable and is a willing learner. Dawkins could be a huge surprise in this year’s draft. What will not be a surprise is when Dawkins continues to light every gym that he plays in because he is probably the best three-point shooter in the draft. Dawkins isn’t very effective when putting the ball on the floor but neither is Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver and he turned out just fine.
The Wizards have a ton of players to pick from. They only have one pick though. Therefore, they must pick carefully. The Wizards do not need any more bigs. Scoring guards are what the Wizards are missing. If they could snag one of the aforementioned prospects, then their draft mission will be successful. Tune in June 26th to see who the Wizards will acquire in the NBA Draft and improve their roster in the process.