The Washington Wizards hold the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Who will they take? Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select. Check back for more as we continue to get closer to the draft...
Name: Dwayne Bacon
School: Florida State
Position: Small forward
2016/17 stats: 17.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg, 45.2 FG%, 33.3 3PT% (1.6 3P/4.9 3PA), 75.4 FT%
Projections: DraftExpress 55th, NBADraft.net 42nd
5 things to know:
*Bacon was a scorer from Day 1 with the Seminoles, averging 15.8 points as a freshman and then 17.2 as a sophomore before jumping to the NBA. He shot a solid 45.2 percent from the field as a sophomore and improved his three-point shot from 28.1 percent his first year to 33.3 percent in his second.
*His scoring game is predicated largely on the fastbreak and driving to the rim. Developing his three-point shot and finding consistency on defense will be important for him, as it will be much harder to slash at the NBA level.
*Bacon shined the NBA Combine with a 6-foot-10 wingspan and a 6-foot-6 1/4 height measurement in shoes. He isn't a great leaper with a 36.5-inch max vertical, but has the size and strength to play his position in the NBA. And he can jump enough, as evidenced by him winning the McDonald's All-American dunk contest back in 2015.
*He played one year of high school ball at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. He was Virginia's Gatorade basketball player of the year and a McDonald's All-American. Bacon scored 23.3 points per game, which were the most since Brandon Jennings in 2008. Jennings played for the Wizards this past season.
*At FSU, Bacon had his own group of fans that attended games in bacon costumes. When he was a freshman, the school held a 'bacon night' for one game and gave out free bacon as a promotion.
Fit with Wizards: At this point the Wizards appear set at the small forward position, depending on their plans with Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic. If they re-sign those two, there won't be much room for a guy like Bacon, unless they think he can play some shooting guard, or if he is someone they deem as clearly the best player available once they are on the clock and they just can't pass him up.
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