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, Darius Miller. The small forward worked out for the Wizards on Tuesday.
Check below for a running of list of all our draft profiles. More to come before the June 28 draft in Newark.Darius Miller
KentuckyDraft Express overall ranking: No. 34HeightWeight: 6-7, 233 lb (combine numbers)Key stats: 9.9 points in 2011-12; 40.7 percent 3-point shooter combined over the last two seasonsThe player: As the leading senior on Kentuckys national championship team, Miller displayed a Rhodes Scholar level understanding of being a team player. Unquestionably a starter on most Division I teams, the senior willingly served as the Wildcats sixth-man last season, but still produced on both ends of the court. Scored a season-high 19 points on four occasions, including twice in the NCAA Tournament.
The fit: Millers ability to knock down 3-pointers from the lacking small forward position addresses two issues with one pick. Then there is the readiness for viable minutes next season and the familiarity of having played with John Wall in college (Miller is also pals with Shelvin Mack). Thats a solid argument for drafting him in the second round (likely at 32). The issue: Solid, but not stellar in any area and his overall skill set speaks of a role player. That's no knock, hardly. However,unless Chris Singleton simply cannot get out of the funk he found himself in most of his rookie season, he remains the better prospect plus Jan Vesely will also see minutes at the three.Perhaps the Wizards would be wise to shoot for the moon earlywith their selection just outside the first round and go with a safer play later in round two.Maybe that's Miller, but current projections have him drafted before No. 46.The analysis Draft Express:"An often overlooked but highly-efficient and extremely valuable role-playerhas consistently put his team's aspirations for a National Championship ahead of his desire to showcase his own talents in front of scoutsPossessing prototypical size and strength for a NBA wing has strong physical tools, but his primary function in Kentucky's offense is to contribute in a limited role with his jump shot and make the most of occasional opportunities to exploit his athleticism in isolation and transition situations."Ed Isaacson, NBA Draft Blog: "Watching Miller can be very enjoyable. He does a lot of things well, and is the embodiment of a team player. The issue draft-wise is that there is nothing that he is great at, nothing that separates him from others in the second and third tier of wings in this draft. I do like his size, and he did show a good understanding of how to post-up when he has a mismatch.No matter who gets him though, I wouldnt be surprised to see him get some decent playing time by the middle of next season."The summation: Drafting purely on upside cannot be an every pick kind of plan. Situational players are people too and on the basketball court, Miller is good people. Should the Wizards draft a small forward with the third overall pick -Miller's Kentucky teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or North Carolina's Harrison Barnes - that probably take the 22-year-old out of the equation. However, should they roll with a power forward (Thomas Robinson) or a backcourt shooter (Bradley Beal) or simply want an experiencedSF option on a roster already loaded with kids, the second round could be Miller time.More draft profilesBradley BealMichael 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