Welcome to NBA mock draft 4.0, Electric Boogaloo. Just to reset the scene for the Wizards...
- Washington owns the 19th and 49th overall selections. Here's a look at the spotty history of players taken 19th overall. One player the Wizards faced in the playoffs might take issue with the use of spotty.
- Yes, the Wizards are in the market for a stretch-4 forward. At least that's the general consensus among the players and head coach after exiting from the playoffs. While that doesn't mean they will or must select one in the first round, there are a few potential options in the 13-30 range, including Arkansas' Bobby Portis, UCLA's Kevon Looney and Kentucky's Trey Lyles. There is also free agency. In addition, Washington could re-sign free agent Drew Gooden, who served in that role, and look to give Kris Humphries a true shot at earning minutes there next season, thus allowing them to focus elsewhere in the draft. For example...
- Point guard - The Wizards have held two draft workouts so far. The only likely first round picks to visit Verizon Center, both point guards in local product and Wizards legacy Jerian Grant and lengthy Utah standout Delon Wright. Obviously not a screaming concern because of John Wall. However, Wall is the only true drive-and-dish guard on the roster. Ramon Sessions has one-year remaining on his current deal.
- Wing - Bradley Beal has missed significant time with injuries in each of his three NBA seasons, leaving the Wizards with a scoring void in the process. Adding another perimeter shooter who could possibly swing to small forward works regardless. Washington might need a 3-man if Paul Pierce moves on, Rasual Butler doesn't return and Martell Webster can't regain his pre-injury form. Georgia State guard R. J. Hunter, Virginia's Justin Anderson and UNLV's Rashad Vaughn are names to track.
- Interior help- Signs point to reserve center Kevin Seraphin leaving in free agency and Brazilian big man Nene is entering the final year of his contract. Louisville energy forward Montrezl Harrell is perhaps a more powerful version of Trevor Booker, but with a 7-foot-4 wingspan. Washington center Robert Upshaw is a physical freak.
Basically, if Pierce returns, the Wizards can essentially do whatever they want with the 19th pick because the essential core of the team will be back. Otherwise, that opens a hole on the perimeter, not to mention limits their stretch-4 options. In that case, Washington probably needs to address what would be a frontcourt need in round one because they will only have so much room available for a significant move in free agency, especially if they want to keep money available for a 2016 run at you know who.