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2019 NBA Draft Simulation: How Duke's Cam Reddish could fall to the Wizards

2019 NBA Draft Simulation: How Duke's Cam Reddish could fall to the Wizards

The June 20 NBA Draft is becoming ever so close, and we've reached our third and final simulation of Wizards draft night.

So far in the first two, Washington has taken Jaxson Hayes and then Jarrett Culver, who shockingly fell to No. 9 last week.

As for this week, here's how the first eight draft selections went:

1. New Orleans - Zion Williamson, PF, Duke 
2. Memphis - Ja Morant, PG, Murray State 
3. New York - RJ Barrett, SG, Duke 
4. New Orleans - De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia 
5. Cleveland - Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech 
6. Phoenix - Coby White, SG, UNC 
7. Chicago - Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt 
8. Atlanta - Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas

The big name still available here is Cam Reddish, and you take him if he's there.

Coming into this past season at Duke, Reddish was another incredibly hyped prospect, but was mainly underwhelming in his only year with the Blue Devils. 

Pre-draft workouts are where players of Reddish's skillset tend to thrive and he's given the league a chance to see what he's capable of, garnering plenty of Paul George comparisons.

Reddish's 6-8 frame and a multitude of skills on the offensive side would be an instant shot of adrenaline to the Wizards' lineup this fall.

If he's on the board at nine, the organization and fanbase both should be more than happy to hear his name called by commissioner Adam Silver.

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2019 NBA Draft Simulation: Texas Tech Jarrett Culver could slip to the Wizards at No. 9

2019 NBA Draft Simulation: Texas Tech Jarrett Culver could slip to the Wizards at No. 9

The 2019 NBA Draft is offically 10 days away, and anything could happen. So I'm donning my general manager hat to run through several draft scenarios for the Wizards. 

This time around, a potential top-5 pick took a tumble right into their lap. 

First, here's how picks one through eight went in this simulation: 

1. New Orleans - Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
2. Memphis - Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
3. New York - RJ Barrett, SG, Duke
4. Los Angeles - De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia  
5. Cleveland - Cam Reddish, SF, Duke  
6. Phoenix - Coby White, SG, UNC
7. Chicago - Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
8. Atlanta - Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas

There's a name missing from that list. It's a name the Wizards should run as fast as they can to draft if he falls to No. 9.

Jarrett Culver.

The Wizards need versatility, especially with a roster that has plenty of holes to fill, but not a ton of money to go around, and the Texas Tech sophomore fits the mold.

You get defense, solid shooting — although, a bit streaky at times — and even dependable ball handling.

Culver was asked to do more than he likely will at the NBA level, so at just 20 years old, he'll have a chance to really settle into his strengths and grow from there.

Instead of being asked to be a No. 1 option, he'll be tasked with defending and hitting open jumpers in a reserve role. 

His 3-point percentage dipped from 38.2 his freshman season to 30.4 last year, but Culver can be the ever-important, do-everything swingman in Washington if put in the position to succeed at his pace. 

If this draft scenario plays out, the Wizards are in a great position with Culver on the board. 

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2019 NBA Draft Simulation: How the Wizards end up with Jaxon Hayes at No. 9

2019 NBA Draft Simulation: How the Wizards end up with Jaxon Hayes at No. 9

The NBA Draft is less than a month away, which means rumors overpower truth, and there's about a million scenarios that could impact the Wizards at No. 9 on June 20. 

Since the Wizards don't have a GM yet, I'll do the honors of deciding who they take at that spot based on several draft simulations.

In scenario one, here's who's already off the board:

1. New Orleans - Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
2. Memphis - Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
3. New York - RJ Barrett, SG, Duke
4. Los Angeles - Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
5. Cleveland - De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia
6. Phoenix - Coby White, SG, UNC
7. Chicago - Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
8. Atlanta - Cam Reddish, SF, Duke

With names like Garland, White and Reddish off the board just before the Wizards pick, this leaves us with a couple of different ways to go.

The Wizards can go for the raw upside in Jaxson Hayes, whose rim-running and shot-blocking abilities are something they desperately need at Capital One Arena. 

They also can shoot for a major risk-reward choice, and take 7-2 Bol Bol, who averaged 21 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and shot 57 percent from three-point range, but saw his season end after nine games with a foot injury. Big guys with foot injuries are scary, but big guys who can shoot from 25 feet away are also scary (in a good way).  

There's also the safer route with Brandon Clarke. His 6-8.25 wingspan and 8-6 standing reach was smaller than some guards, but he brings a strong low-post presence and rebounding ability that have drawn comparisons to the Clippers' Montrezl Harrell.

In this case, I'm going with the chance at a little more upside for the Wizards and taking Jaxson Hayes at No. 9.

With Dwight Howard's health still in question and John Wall possibly missing all of next season, the Wizards are in a position where they can develop someone like Hayes, who fills a valuable role in today's NBA.

After Washington ranked 23rd this season in blocks per game and even worse in rebounding at 27th, this pick would fit need and show potential all in one. 

Hayes has a ton of physical tools, but lacks experience. His first start as a basketball player came as a senior in high school, but he grew almost a foot from his freshman year in high school to his freshman year at Texas. 

The chance at a player like this in Washington is just too good to pass up. Hayes is likely to become an fan favorite in D.C.

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