The 2019 NBA Draft is offically 10 days away, and anything could happen. So I'm donning my general manager hat to run through several draft scenarios for the Wizards.
This time around, a potential top-5 pick took a tumble right into their lap.
First, here's how picks one through eight went in this simulation:
1. New Orleans - Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
2. Memphis - Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
3. New York - RJ Barrett, SG, Duke
4. Los Angeles - De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia
5. Cleveland - Cam Reddish, SF, Duke
6. Phoenix - Coby White, SG, UNC
7. Chicago - Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
8. Atlanta - Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
There's a name missing from that list. It's a name the Wizards should run as fast as they can to draft if he falls to No. 9.
The Wizards need versatility, especially with a roster that has plenty of holes to fill, but not a ton of money to go around, and the Texas Tech sophomore fits the mold.
You get defense, solid shooting — although, a bit streaky at times — and even dependable ball handling.
Culver was asked to do more than he likely will at the NBA level, so at just 20 years old, he'll have a chance to really settle into his strengths and grow from there.
Instead of being asked to be a No. 1 option, he'll be tasked with defending and hitting open jumpers in a reserve role.
His 3-point percentage dipped from 38.2 his freshman season to 30.4 last year, but Culver can be the ever-important, do-everything swingman in Washington if put in the position to succeed at his pace.
If this draft scenario plays out, the Wizards are in a great position with Culver on the board.
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