This shouldn’t be breaking news, but for those unaware, the Wizards do not have a first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
That selection went to Brooklyn in the trade deadline deal for Bojan Bogdanovic, who might not return as the perimeter threat enters restricted free agency.
The back half of the Washington’s roster could look rather different next season – and it should, especially in the backcourt where the Wizards never could find consistent backups for John Wall and Bradley Beal. It’s also likely that Washington breaks up the expensive center tandem of Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi.
All of this is prelude to the real big news: The Wizards retained their second round selection.
Fine, that setup is more jokey than anything seeing as any player selected with the 52nd overall pick likely won’t be a future X-factor. Based on history of players taken in round two, he might not even make the team. Perhaps this mystery man just gets sent overseas until the end of time. Then again, the 2017 class is rather deep, meaning the chance for someone useful falling increases. Seeing as three undrafted rookies made the roster last season, why not No. 52?
Here’s a look at names worth considering when the Wizards eventually are on the clock on June 22.