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2017 NBA Draft: Targets for Wizards In Round Two

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2017 NBA Draft: Targets for Wizards In Round Two

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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE POTENTIAL NAMES THE WIZARDS COULD CONSIDER IN THE 2017 NBA DRAFT

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.

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Wizards vs Blazers featured Moe Harkless' impressive Chappelle Show themed Halloween costume

Wizards vs Blazers featured Moe Harkless' impressive Chappelle Show themed Halloween costume

The Portland Trail Blazers are setting the bar high for NBA Halloween. 

Maurice Harkless made his arrival in style turning a corner dressed as Tyrone Biggums from the American sketch comedy television series "Chapelle's Show." 

But it got better. Bosnia native and seven-footer Jusuf Nurkic turned the corner as Beast from Walt Disney's classic romance film Beauty and the Beast. 

The bar has been set. 

Washington looks for its first win tonight after falling to 0-2 right out of the gate, while Portland aims for a 3-0 start after defeating the Spurs 121-108 Saturday night. 

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Hey Wizards - don't fall for this CJ McCollum crossover

Hey Wizards - don't fall for this CJ McCollum crossover

Here's an important thing for the Wizards to avoid when facing off against Portland on Monday night: This CJ McCollum crossover.

As seen in this video by our friends at NBC Sports Northwest, the Trail Blazers' player sent a Spurs defender flying - much to the delight of the Portland bench - with the move.

 

"It wasn't even one of my better crossovers," he said after his team's win. "Honestly, he just reacted."

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