2017 NBA Draft: Potential names the Wizards should consider in Round 2
Potential Second Round Targets For the Wizards
The Wizards currently enter the June 22 NBA Draft with the 52nd overall selection. With several changes expected on the second unit and clear needs in the backcourt, Ben Standig examines potential targets.
1. Dwayne Bacon, SF, Florida State
The Wizards don’t exactly need more small forward help if restricted free agent Otto Porter returns as expected and the team believes Kelly Oubre Jr. makes significant strides in his third season. Regardless, talent is talent and the 6-foot-6 Bacon sizzles as a scorer. He also shot a pedestrian 33.3 percent from beyond the arc last season. For a team that struggled driving to the basket if not named Wall or Beal, Bacon’s attack mode off the dribble might prove helpful.
2. Jaron Blossomgame, SF/PF, Clemson
Call him a tweener or spice things up with a “combo forward” label. The rugged 6-foot-7 Blossomgame isn’t a 3-point threat (25% during senior season) but has the needed frame and athleticism for minutes at both spots. The Wizards could use another agile forward capable of defending stretch 4’s with inside-outside games. The soon-to-be 24-year-old averaged 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds last season.
3. Tyler Dorsey, SG, Oregon
The Wizards could lose their top perimeter shooting threat off the bench if Bojan Bogdanovic doesn’t return. Either way, they need more pop in the backcourt and this sophomore provides just that. Dorsey has a scoring knack, but he also sank 42 percent of his 3-point attempts last season while helping the Ducks reach the Final Four. Not the biggest of players – 6-foot-4, 180 pounds – but Dorsey could help solve one of Washington’s biggest needs: Generating offense at two-guard when Bradley Beal sits.
4. Josh Hart, SG/SF, Villanova
You’ll hear talk about the reigning Big East Player of the Year possibly having Malcolm Brogdon upside as a rookie. Based on their defensive ability and knack for making the tight plays, the comparison is fair. The Sidwell Friends product, a key force for Villanova’s 2016 national championship team, averaged 18.7 points and shot 40.4 percent from beyond the last season for the 32-4 Wildcats. Despite his rookie status, the 6-foot-6 Hart’s leadership skills would help stabilize Washington’s second unit and provide a viable option behind starter Bradley Beal.
5. Kyle Kuzma, PF, Utah
The NBA Combine isn’t just a meet-and-greet opportunity for teams and prospects, but a real chance to stand out. The 6-foot-9 Kuzma did that and then some during the first two days thanks to a blistering 3-point shooting show. We mention the first two days because he let those showings stand by skipping the remaining events. Kuzma, who averaged 16.3 points in 2016-17, only made 32 percent of his 3’s at Utah last season. His form suggests better days ahead. The Wizards could use a young power forward behind Markieff Morris. This one might shoot himself out of their range if he nails the individual workout phase.
6. Frank Mason, PG, Kansas
The search for a viable backup point guard behind John Wall continues. Perhaps it ends with the selection of the 5-foot-11 Mason. What the senior lacks in height he makes up for with experience, confidence and a 47.1 3-point shooting percentage. Mason isn’t afraid to push the pace offensively. That is key considering Wall’s up-tempo style fuels Washington’s attack and the desire for the primary backup to have the second unit maintaining that flow.
7. Monte Morris, PG, Iowa State
Draft Express currently projects the 6-foot-3 senior to the Wizards in their latest mock draft. Morris stuffed the stat sheet last season, averaging 16.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists. According to DE, the Cyclones didn't finish below 12th in offensive efficiency over the last four seasons. Morris' fingerprints are all over that stat. He also knocked down 38 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc last season while averaging 1.5 steals.
8. L.J. Peak, SG, Georgetown
There’s a connection with fellow Hoya Otto Porter, but it ends with the same Alma mater. While Porter is more textbook and cerebral, Peak is a pure athlete. The 6-foot-5 guard runs the court and attacks the basket on the dribble with aggression. Upped his scoring, rebounding and assists averages during each of his three seasons on the Hilltop. There’s 3-and-D potential, though Peak only shot 32.7 percent from deep last season after sinking 41 percent during his sophomore campaign. Blame the drop in part to Georgetown's offensive struggles especially at point guard; he shot 80 percent on free throws. Don't blame defenders if they get winded trying to keep up with Peak in the open court. It's not easy.
9. Sindarius Thornwell, SG, South Carolina
The SEC Player of the Year truly entered the main stage of college basketball during the Gamecocks scintillating run to the Final Four. What intrigues the pro scouts as a wing guard prospect is the combination of size (6-foot-5), wingspan (6-foot-10) and shooting (39 percent on 3-pointers, 83 on free throws). At 212 pounds, Thornwell could provide Washington a low-post threat from the backcourt. His frame and length could also allow for more three-guard sets.
Don’t forget about…
Edmond Sumner (PG, Xavier), Nigel Williams-Goss (PG, Gonzaga), Kobi Simmons (PG, Arizona), Luke Kornet (PF/C, Vanderbilt), Melo Trimble (PG, Maryland)
This group is point guard-heavy in part because of Washington’s clear need for a backup behind John Wall. Tomas Satoransky might be the answer, but having three is never a bad plan. Sumner is the most intriguing of the lot thanks to his athleticism and production, but injuries cut short his two seasons in the Big East. Trimble needs strong workout sessions to boost his stock into second-round range.