With the Wizards holding the 15th pick in the draft and having a clear need for wing depth and shooting, trading up to secure one of the better players in the class could go a long way in improving the ceiling of the team next season.
There are already a number of teams above the Wizards in the draft interested in moving down, but what about the player worth giving up additional assets to move up and select? This draft has at least five players worth it for Washington.
Scottie Barnes: PF/SF, Florida State
Age: 19 Height: 6-9 Weight: 225 Wingspan: 7-2
2020/21 stats: 24 G, 10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.5 bpg, 50.3 FG% (4.1/8.1), 27.5 3PT% (0.5/1.7), 62.1 FT%
Player comparison: Draymond Green
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 5th, Ringer 5th, NBADraft.net 6th, Bleacher Report 5th
Analysis: Barnes is already a good, versatile defender and should be able to contribute at that end of the floor right away. He has great size and length at 6-9 with a 7-2 wingspan, and he certainly knows how to use it. Barnes' combination of natural instincts and elite physical tools should give him a high floor as a defender with the potential to become a perennial All-Defense type of player. - DePrisco
Case for trading up: Barnes still has a lot of work to do on the offensive end of the floor and is a likely top-six pick, so the Wizards would be in a position where they'd have to pay a high price to draft a player who isn't a sure thing. Still, Barnes is already a rock-solid defender with game-changing potential on that end of the floor. The Wizards could certainly use that kind of skillset.
Jonathan Kuminga: SF, G-League Ignite
Age: 18 Height: 6-7 Weight: 220 Wingspan: 7-0
2020/21 stats: 13 G, 15.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.8 bpg, 38.7 FG% (5.5/14.3), 24.6 3PT% (1.2/5.0), 62.5 FT%
Player comparison: Jaylen Brown, T.J. Warren
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 6th, Ringer 6th, NBADraft.net 7th, Bleacher Report 7th
Analysis: Kuminga is very athletic with speed, strength and the ability to play above the rim. And though relatively raw, he has a well-rounded skillset for a team to develop. He shows potential off the dribble, with his shot mechanics, as a passer and on defense. It may take some time, however, for some of those traits to emerge at the NBA level. Early on, he may be more reliant on his athleticism to score and because of that may have more success in transition than in the midrange. - Hughes
Case for trading up: Kuminga is the marquee boom-or-bust prospect in the draft and whoever picks him will have to devote time and resources into developing his game. However, star two-way wings are one of the hardest things to acquire in the NBA, so while he wouldn't help the Wizards right away, Kuminga would provide some serious potential down the line.
Moses Moody: SF, Arkansas
Age: 19 Height: 6-6 Weight: 210 Wingspan: 7-0
2020/21 stats: 32 G, 16.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.7 bpg, 42.7 FG% (5.2/12.1), 35.8 3PT% (1.8/5.1), 81.2 FT%
Player comparison: Mikal Bridges
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 11th, Ringer 15th, NBADraft.net 8th, Bleacher Report 11th
Analysis: A lot of the top wing prospects have questions regarding their jump shot, but that's not the case with Moody. He can really shoot it, as evidenced by his 35.8% mark from three on considerable volume and a solid 81.2% success rate at the free-throw line. Moody should be an effective spot-up shooter from Day 1 in the NBA, which is incredibly valuable for a player his size. - DePrisco
Case for trading up: Moody is arguably the best fit for the Wizards in the first round as a classic 3-and-D wing and they wouldn't have to move up as far to get him as they would for Barnes or Kuminga. If Tommy Sheppard identifies Moody as the right addition to his current core, the cost of moving up to get him won't matter much long term. The Suns did something similar when they acquired Mikal Bridges in 2018.
Corey Kispert: SG/SF, Gonzaga
Age: 22 Height: 6-7 Weight: 220 Wingspan: 6-7
2020/21 stats: 32 G, 18.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.4 bpg, 52.9 FG% (6.5/12.3), 44.0 3PT% (2.8/6.5), 87.8 FT%
Player comparison: Joe Harris, Bojan Bogdanovic
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 14th, Sports Illustrated 11th, Ringer 10th, NBADraft.net 13th, Bleacher Report 14th
Analysis: Corey Kispert is in a tier of his own when it comes to his shooting ability in this draft class. Without much pure shooting competition among projected lottery picks, he is clearly the best shooter. In Kispert's final season with Gonzaga, he posted elite percentages from the field. His 44.0% from deep comes on 6.5 attempts per game. High volume, high efficiency. There's certainly the potential for him to be in the 50-40-90 conversation. A quick release and a fluid, consistent form will have him contributing right away - Byrum
Case for trading up: Similar to Moody, the Wizards likely wouldn't have to move into the top 10 to get Kispert, so they could spend a little extra in terms of players or future picks to get a lights out shooter who should be able to contribute right away.
Trey Murphy III: SF/PF, Virginia
Age: 21 Height: 6-9 Weight: 206 Wingspan: 7-1
2020/21 stats: 25 G, 11.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.4 bpg, 50.3 FG% (3.8/7.6), 43.3 3PT% (2.1/4.8), 92.7 FT%
Player comparison: Jae Crowder, Danny Green
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 25th, Sports Illustrated N/A, Ringer N/A, NBADraft.net N/A, Bleacher Report 35th
Analysis: Even though Murphy projects as a late-first round, early-second round prospect, he will be a fantastic fit if a team utilizes him in the proper role. When it comes to 3-and-D prospects, there isn't a player that fits the definition for that role more than Murphy. The lengthy small forward played his NBA role to a tee in his lone season at Virginia. Few prospects have the 3-point prowess that Murphy does. - Byrum
Case for trading up: If Moody, Kispert and some of the other top wings come off the board in the lottery, Murphy represents one of the last wings who can either contribute right away or offer some long term upside. With the Warriors sitting at No. 14 presumably looking for the same thing, it could be worth trading up right in front of Golden State and nabbing someone like Murphy. He doesn't have the highest ceiling, but he's a great shooter with size and defensive versatility.