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Mock Draft roundup: No consensus for Wizards at No. 15

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We're a short time away from the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery deciding the order of the first 14 picks of the draft, but because the Wizards made the playoffs this season, they're locked in at No. 15 barring a trade up or down the board. 

Before the ping balls drop, however, let's take a look at who the Wizards are projected to take at No. 15 according to various draft pundits and websites. As you'd expect for a team selecting in the middle of the first round, the possibilities are nearly endless. 

Tyler Byrum and Chase Hughes (NBC Sports Washington)

Corey Kispert: SG/SF, Gonzaga

If the Wizards want to surround Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook with more shooting, Kispert would certainly fit that mold. He's one of the best shooters in the draft, hitting 44% of his threes at Gonzaga on considerable volume (6.5 attempts per game)

Kispert can defend as well. He has great positioning and fundamentals as an on-ball defender and great instincts when off the ball as well. If he can become a solid to good defender in the NBA, he'll be a starter on great teams for a long time. 

Kevin O'Connor (The Ringer)

Moses Moody: SF, Arkansas

The Wizards have serious needs on the wing, specifically players who can shoot and guard multiple positions. Moody fits that bill perfectly as a 6-8 forward with long arms, good feet and a solid 3-point stroke. He shot 36% from three and over 81% from the free-throw line. 

 

"Moody is one of the best shooters in the draft and would provide much-needed spacing next to Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook," O'Connor wrote. 

Moody doesn't have a ton of upside as a scorer, but he has a high floor and should be available where the Wizards are picking. Saddiq Bey had a similar profile coming out of Villanova last year and fell to No. 19 overall, but he still made All-Rookie with the Pistons. 

Jonathan Givony (ESPN)

Usman Garuba: PF/SF, Real Madrid

Garuba is one of the draft's best and most versatile defenders, so the Wizards would be addressing one of their two biggest needs with this pick. 

"The fastest-paced team in the NBA, the Wizards made significant progress defensively this season but still could stand to improve on that end of the floor," Givony wrote. "Enter Garuba, one of the most intense and versatile defenders in this draft class. He is capable of playing either big man spot, making him a strong fit with the Wizards' existing frontcourt pieces."

Garuba still has a lot of room to grow on the offensive end, so it's unclear whether he'd be able to contribute to the Wizards right away. This would be an upside play by the Wizards, and one that'd be questionable considering where Beal and Westbrook are in their careers. 

Ricky O'Donnell (SB Nation)

Ziaire Williams: SF, Stanford

Williams is another wing with two-way potential, though his strengths come as an athletic scorer. He has the upside to be a handful for defenses at the next level, but he still needs to improve his jump shot to be effective against defenders that can stay in front of him. 

Williams shows flashes on the defensive end as well, especially as a help defender and blowing up passing lanes. If Moody isn't available at No. 15, Williams would be a solid pick to add to the Wizards' wing rotation. 

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Franz Wagner: SF, Michigan

Former Wizards big man Moe Wagner's little brother is a much different, and probably much better prospect at this stage of his career. Wagner doesn't have elite athletic tools, but he has good size, a nice feel for the game and a reliable jumper with 3-point range. 

Picking Wagner would be a little redundant with Deni Avdija from a year ago, considering his ability to defend and make plays as a secondary creator, but Wagner is a much better shooter right now and could give the Wizards the ability to play both of them at the same time. 

Jonathan Wasserman (Bleacher Report)

Alperen Sengun: PF/C, Besiktas

The Wizards haven't been afraid to draft the best international prospects in recent years, and they get another one here in Sengun, who's widely considered one of the best players from overseas this year. 

 

Sengun has a solid post game, showcases advanced playmaking skills and could ultimately stretch his range out to become a Domantas Sabonis-type player. He needs to improve on defense, though and the Wizards already have two young centers under contract for multiple years in Thomas Bryant and Daniel Gafford. 

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James Bouknight: SG, UConn

Bouknight may rise past the Wizards at No. 15, but if he's there on draft night he'll be difficult to pass up. He's an explosive athlete with an advanced repertoire of moves to the rim and a step-back three already. Bouknight is like a more athletic Jordan Clarkson with the potential to be a solid playmaker. 

The Wizards would have to find minutes and touches for him with Beal and Westbrook on the roster already, but the upside here would be hard to say no to.