Later this month the Washington Wizards will take part in the 2012 NBA draft. Currently the owner of picks 3, 32 and 46, the franchise could go in almost any direction with those selections. The prevailing belief is upgrading the team's perimeter weapons and small forwardwing guard depth is a must this offseason, but few would knock more interior help even with the intriguing core of Nene and kids.
Between now and the draft, were going to identify some of the players the Wizards might target in both the first and second round. Up next, Bradley Beal.
Check below for a running of list of all our draft profiles. More to come before the June 28 draft in Newark.Bradley Beal
FloridaDraft Express overall ranking: No. 5HeightWeight: 6-4, 202 lb (combine numbers)Key stats: 14.8 points,6.7 rebounds in 2011-12. The player: The prototypical shooting guard, Beal boasts textbook form on his shot, drains looks from distance and his impressive wingspan helps him get off shots in traffic and snatch rebounds. Though only 18 his birthday is on draft day the poised Beal is mature on the court and with the media. Considered the premier shooter at his position coming out of high school,his 3-point accuracy (33.9) wavered during his transitional freshman season, but not so in the truly pressure-packed games. Starting with Kentucky in the SEC Tournament and including four NCAA Tournament games, Beal sank 12 of 26 attempts (46.1 percent) from beyond the arc and 58.5 percent from all angles.
The fit: Only the Kings and Bobcats shot worse from beyond the arc than the Wizards (32 percent) last season. Once Nick Young was traded, the Wizards lacked a knocked down perimeter gunner among their top options. Jordan Crawford and John Wall can score in bunches, but primarily off the bounce and by getting to the rim. When defenses sag off to stop penetration or double team Nene in the post, Beal will make them pay. Equally as important, at Florida he showed being unselfish is part of his basketball DNA, deferring to upperclassmen when appropriate. Fellow prospects Thomas Robinson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Andre Drummond all could arguably help the Wizards, but only Beal addresses their primary weakness.The issue: For starters, there is that youth thing, though thats hardly a distinctive flaw in this draft. Beals handle is solid, but still needs work on creating his own shot as the bulk of his opportunities and scoring came off passes or set plays. According to Draft Express, less than 8 percent of his plays were isolation situations. Based on his form and high school career, its assumed that his many misses from deep at last season were more aberration than foreshadowing. Seems fair, but you also are graded on what you do..The analysis (all told exclusively to CSNwashington)NBA scout: "Do you go for need like a Bradley Beal? I think a two guard is more of a need for those guys than any other position. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a three-man.There are going to have to take aserious look at Beal.That team needs shooters. If it were me, I would look to upgrade the two-guard."Andy Glockner, SI.com: "Of those four (likely targeted) players, I happen to like Brad Beal a lot. I think hes going to be a terrific NBA player. Hes one of the rare players that didnt show as well in college and I think will be a better pro than what he showed at Florida. He played with two kind of ball hogging guards next to him. I think its kind of hard to be a freshman and get into rhythm with two upper class guards dominating the ball so muchShot 34 percent from 3 this year. Just watching his stroke and talking to guys that have seen him prior to when he got to Florida, he seems like a much better shooter than that. I think that is where the upside will be."Ed Isaacson, NBA Draft Blog: "I would never use the word explosive with him, but I dont know how many people have been able to stop him from getting into the lane over the course of a game. With his quick first step, hes going to a find a way to get in there.
Playing with John Wall, have him run plays that are going to draw Beals defender over to help. Wide open, hes going to knock those down. If hes being guarded by someone who has three or four inches on him, he knows how to use his dribble and ball fakes, all the little tricks great shooting guards have."The summation: Beals one season at Florida lagged behind that of his fellow freshman Kidd-Gilchrist, let alone the All-American Robinson. If given the choice between big and small, teams usually go for size, which is why some suggest the choice should be the powerful Drummond. Smart teams assemble a roster based talentand whether theplayers fit the coach's scheme, but in the case of the Wizards, who knows how long Randy Wittman (or for that matter Ernie Grunfeld) will be around. Thats not a knock, just a reality should another losing season occur. In terms of what the current roster lacks, in terms of floor spacing and in terms of a running mate for Wall, not sure it can be argued there is a better match for the Wizards than Beal.More draft profilesMichael Kidd-GilchristFestus EzeliJeremy LambAndre DrummondThomas RobinsonHarrison BarnesBen Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalist.