Technically this is NBA mock draft 3.0, but the first with the order now in place following Tuesday night's lottery. In other words, now things get interesting.
The proceedings held in New York did not affect the Wizards. Washington owns the 19th and 49th overall selections. Nothing changes there unless the organization makes a deal. However, the lottery did impact other teams, namely the Los Angeles Lakers (keep pick, move up from 4the best odds to 2nd pick), New York Knicks (drop from 2 to 4), Philadelphia 76ers (finished with one lottery pick instead of three), Miami Heat (keep pick by remaining 10th) and the owner of the No. 1 overall pick, Minnesota Timberwolves.
If you haven't heard by now, the Wizards are in the market for a stretch-4 forward. At least that's the general consensus among the players and head coach after exiting from the playoffs. Washington's best lineups in the playoffs came with a shooting threat at power forward - Paul Pierce or Drew Gooden - rather than a traditional interior big man.
Projections suggest the Wizards will be able to fill this need in the draft, though free agency and internal options are other avenues. Gooden is a free agent, Pierce is contemplating his playing future and Kris Humphries will be hoisting up oodles of 3-point shots over the summer.
Other areas the Wizards could consider at 19 include:
Wing guard - Bradley Beal has missed significant time with injuries in each of his three NBA seasons, leaving the Wizards with a scoring void in the process. Adding another perimeter shooter who could possibly swing to small forward works regardless.
Interior help- Signs point to reserve center Kevin Seraphin leaving in free agency and Brazilian big man Nene is entering the final year of his contract.
Point guard - Obviously not a screaming concern because of John Wall. However, Wall is the only true drive-and-dish guard on the roster. Ramon Sessions has one-year remaining on his current deal.
Best available - If Pierce returns, the Wizards' bring back the bulk of their playoff rotation and possibly all of it should Gooden remain. That gives them flexibility with their first round pick. Adding a young force at the 4-5 to join the perimeter trio of Wall, Beal and Otto Porter makes the most big picture sense.