Washington Wizards: 2020 NBA Draft Preview

by November 12, 2020
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Onyeka Okongwu of the USC Trojans

With the highly anticipated return of All-Star point guard John Wall right around the corner, the Washington Wizards have a chance to right the ship in 2020-21 in a way that only the Golden State Warriors can (GSW will also see an All-Star player return from injury next season and have a lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft).

Wall has looked explosive in videos that have surfaced of him playing pickup games against other NBA players this offseason but there’s still a question of what kind of results his re-emergence will yield. With a top-10 pick in the draft, the Wizards will have the option of finding their point guard of the future or looking for another cornerstone piece regardless of position.

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2020 NBA Draft Picks

No. 9 overallNo. 37 overall

Wizards Draft Needs

Washington’s depth at center and the wing needs to be shored up but that’s what they should use their second-round pick on.

With the ninth overall pick, the Wizards need to look for a prospect that can either replace Wall (if the former first overall pick doesn’t look he’ll regain his dominant form), or they need to find the prospect that fits best between Wall, Bradley Beal and Rui Hachimura. Ideally, that player will be a strong outside shooter that flourishes off-ball.

There’s no need to try to find a potential replacement for Beal in this draft (i.e. Georgia’s Anthony Edwards), even if he can become a free agent in 2022, as it may help push him out of the door.

2020 NBA Draft Prospect Watchlist

No. 9 overallNo. 37 overall
PG LaMelo Ball, IllawarraG-F Robert Woodard II, Mississippi St.
PG Killian Hayes, RatiopharmSG Desmond Bane, Texas Christian
G-F Isaac Okoro, AuburnC Xavier Tillman, Michigan St.
PG Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa St.F Jaden McDaniels, Washington
G-F Aaron Nesmith, VanderbiltC Daniel Oturu, Minnesota

What The Mocks Are Saying

The RingerLaMelo Ball (No. 6 via trade)
The AthleticOnyeka Okongwu (No. 9)
USA TODAY SportsOnyeka Okongwu (No. 9)
CBS SportsIsaac Okoro (No. 9)
The ScoreOnyeka Okongwu (No. 9)

Projected Roster

GBradley Beal
PGJohn Wall
PGIsh Smith
SGJerome Robinson
G-FTroy Brown Jr.
FRui Hachimura
SFIsaac Bonga
SFAdmiral Schofield
CThomas Bryant
CMo Wagner
CAnzejs Pasecniks

Team-by-Team NBA Draft Guides

AtlanticCentralSoutheast
BostonChicagoAtlanta
BrooklynClevelandCharlotte
New YorkDetroitMiami
PhiladelphiaIndianaOrlando
TorontoMilwaukeeWashington
NorthwestPacificSouthwest
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
Oklahoma LA LakersNew Orleans
PortlandPhoenixHouston
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio

More: SLAM’s 2020 NBA Draft Preview

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