The 2019 NBA Draft is full of exciting talent, but some of the headline-grabbing names may be off the board by the time the Wizards take their pick at No. 9.
Who are the best players Washington could realistically draft? Here's a look at three wings that could still be available with the ninth selection, and Chase Hughes' perspective on their fit with the Wizards.
Cam Reddish, Duke
Age: 19 (turns 20 in September)
2018/19 stats: 13.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.6 bpg, 35.6 FG% (4.3/12.0), 33.3 3PT% (2.5/7.4), 77.2 FT%
Chase's Take: Reddish checks off several boxes when it comes to his potential fit with the Wizards. He plays small forward and the Wizards will probably need a few of those now that they have traded both Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre Jr. and probably won't re-sign Trevor Ariza. Reddish would also offer them a high-upside player, which they lack.
Aside from John Wall and Bradley Beal, and despite the promise some of their young players have shown, no one else on their roster seems like a safe bet to be an All-Star someday. Reddish would give them a lottery ticket of sorts, the type of guy who could change the franchise if he reaches his ceiling.
Reddish, though, might present some of the same issues they had with Porter. Like Porter, he could struggle with getting his shots alongside Wall and Beal. Also, if the Wizards are ever going to win something of real consequence, they need a player or two who could someday surpass Wall and Beal. Porter was never able to do that and there are reasons to believe Reddish won't, either.
As far as small forwards go, both Barrett and De'Andre Hunter of Virginia may be better options for the Wizards. They seem like sure-bets and each offer something the Wizards are missing. But if both are gone, Reddish could very well be the best option.
Sekou Doumbouya, France
2018/19 stats: 7.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.5 bpg, 48.2 FG% (3.0/6.3), 34.3 3PT% (0.9/2.5), 79.3 FT% (LNB Pro A)
Chase's Take: Doumbouya is the type of player the Wizards will want to take a very close look at in their pre-draft evaluation process. In some ways, he is exactly what they need.
He plays forward, has a very high ceiling and projects to be a plus-defensive player. He would add strength and athleticism to their defense and speed to their fastbreak attack. It's easy to see how someday he could flourish in the open court with John Wall feeding him the ball.
The Wizards, though, like every other team in his range, will have to determine the bust potential for Doumbouya. At his age and with his relatively raw skill set, he also may take some time to develop.
We may not be able to get a great read on what Doumbouya will ultimately become for three or four years. Can the Wizards wait that long?
Nassir Little, North Carolina
2018/19 stats: 9.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.5 bpg, 47.8 FG% (3.6/7.6), 26.9 3PT% (0.4/1.4), 77.0 FT%
Chase's Take: Little fits with the Wizards given he is a small forward and they currently have an opening there. He would also give them something they need in terms of style as a physical wing defender. Little is the type of player who could help them improve their horrid three-point defense.
But Little's raw skillset suggests he may take some time to develop offensively and it brings into question how high his ceiling will ultimately prove to be. The Wizards may be able to find someone with the ninth pick who can both contribute sooner than Little and offer a clearer road to potential stardom.
That said, if Little's game is indeed more designed for the NBA than in college, he could impress in pre-draft workouts and end up rising up the board.
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