The latest CSNwashington.com NBA mock draft will hit the internet in a few hours. Now, those selections, including the Wizards at 19, are projections based on team needs, league buzz and analysis. They are not about what this writer would select if given the chance, at least in most cases.
Previously I listed eight prospects with the added proclamation that one of them will be the pick assuming Washington keeps the pick. That list was alphabetical. This one is ordered based on personal preference, but with a realistic view of the Wizards roster, likelihood of the player's availability and the important caveat that more time for research exists. In other words, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor and D'Angelo didn't make the cut because they'll be long gone. Others like UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn and Syracuse forward Chris McCullough might be around next time.
8) Christian Wood, PF, UNLV - He's on this list because he was on the previous list, but admittedly he's the shakiest for me because he's currently so raw, but also I watched him play the least among those on this list. The measurables (7-foot-3 wingspan) are super impressive and the 6-foot-11 forward attacks the boards. He's the type of player teams might fall hard for in workouts.
7) Justin Anderson, SG, Virginia - What I previously wrote about the former Montrose Christian product holds. Should at least start his career off as a 3-and-D option, but with far greater potential. Posted 43-inch vertical leap at the combine and sports 6-foot-11 wingspan, meaning he and Otto Porter could former a lengthy defensive wing combo. Shot 45 percent from beyond the arc as a junior. The Wizards have lacked a scoring backup plan behind Bradley Beal.
6) Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA - The analytics love the big man with range and a knack for offensive rebounding. The website Draft Express put together a group of various models and the results said the 6-foot-10 forward was tied for the fifth best prospect with Arizona's Stanley Johnson. The eye test doesn't always agree especially when focused on his limited athleticism. Polarizing pick, but maybe the right one.
5) Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville - If the Wizards go big but with things in mind besides shooting, the 6-foot-7 Harrell is one to watch. Tremendous wingspan and energy makes up for limited height. Wall would love feeding this brute in the open court. So much to like here, but his sub-60 percent shooting from the free throw line, not so much.
4) Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame - Taking the son of a former Bullet/Wizard who grew up in the Maryland suburbs and played for DeMatha would be such a Susan O'Malley style move. Those days are gone, but Grant's point guard skills, size and maturity would fit nicely.
3) Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky - Overshadowed at Kentucky by Karl-Anthony Towns, John Calipari's aura and the sheer number of of touted prospects on the roster. Has the need height and bulk for the NBA's interior wars, but is also deft away from the hoop. The downside, according to NBA Draft Blog, is that Lyles isn't ready to contribute. More seasoning required. That's not necessarily a problem in Washington assuming Nene stays. The wait could be worth it. "If he can develop his long-range jumper to go with his ability to attack the basket at 6’10, he could become one of the toughest players to guard down the line."
2) R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State - Reminds me some of an extrovert Otto Porter with deeper range. Great instincts. Lengthy with enough size (6-foot-6) for three-guard looks with Wall and Beal. Gutsy. Playmaking skills allows the offense to run through him if needed. The fear is that Hunter's projections shoots up during workouts.
1) Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas - Big man with an interior game, range and personality (all pop in this Draft Express video). Just don't fall in love. Washington likely needs to move up in round one for him. That might be wise. The Wizards have three young building blocks, including Porter, but adding a young force up front to go with those perimeter pieces would be nice.