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, in light of thereport he's staying in the draft, Tomas Satoransky.
Check below for a running of list of all our draft profiles. More to come before the June 28 draft in Newark.Tomas Satoransky
Czech RepublicDraft Express overall ranking: No. 42HeightWeight: 6-7, 201 lbsThe player: First off, let's get this out of the way - I have not seen the young man play, live anyway.For now, You Tube clipsand reports on the athletic combo guard with a passing mentality - and early second-round projection - will have to suffice. Though just 20 years of age, Satoransky has already experienced plenty in the world of professional basketball (I'm not really counting his workout with the Wizards last week, though he might disagree). He spent the past three seasons playing for Sevilla in the Spanish ACB and has received some run on the Czech National team. Averaged 4.8 points in 17 minutes per game last season, but stats are rarely the true measure for overseas players.Outside of France's Evan Fournier - the only international player consistently projected into the first round -, Satoransky is looking more and more like the best of the rest.
The fit: If we're talking 2012-13, that means more size for a backcourt that's hardly among the league's tallest. If we're talking position, he could receive minutes behind both John Wall and Jordan Crawford. If we're talking on-court sensabilities, the Wizards played with more of a caring is sharing mentality late in the season and Satoransky's passing vision would further enhance the situation. If we're talking basic athleticism. hesports a 7'-7" wingspan and the kind of vertical hops one needs to win various international versions of the NBA Dunk contestthree times over. If we're talking about the long haul, he could be an idealdraft-and-stash overseas option for another year of seasoning away from the itnense NBA glare. The issue: Obviously with a second-round selection you can afford a bit more risk. Then again, maybe it makes more sense to grab some college kid ready to contribute over another international project, err, prospect. As for on the court, beyond your basic "he lacks experience and must get stronger" mantra, his jumper needs work. That hardly makes him unique with the Wizards situation, but his addition does not immediatelyaddress the team's primary need. Should the Wizards take Thomas Robinson or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the first round, they should target a shooter early in the second.The analysis (from Draft Express latest report posted earlier this year): "Satoransky has tremendous size for either guard position, even if his 6-7 wingspan and 207 pound frame are just average. He's a solid athlete, capable of playing above the rim, but not showing tremendous quickness in the half-court or the type of blow-by speed you expect to see from a player at his position in the NBA. Once appearing rail thin when we first saw him all the way back in the summer of 2008, he's done a nice job developing his body over the last few years, and will likely continue to fill out considering he's still only 20 years old."The summation: I'm a sucker for a tall and rangy prospect who have a strong handle and use their height to exploit open passing lanes.Therefore, on the surface Satoransky works for me. With his potential at either guard slot, he could be an ideal sixth-man type. In time, that is. Considering the Wizards have two second-round picks - in addition to the early first and enough cap space to be a factor in free agency- , it would hardly surprise if they took a long-terminternational prospect with one of them. More draft profilesBradley BealMichael Kidd-GilchristDarius MillerFestus 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.