5 NBA Draft prospects falling in the Draft


The Washington Wizards hold the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Here is a look at the five players who have hurt their stock the most during this year's predraft process with analysis from NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes, Tyler Byrum and Mike DePrisco.

1. Jalen Johnson, SF, Duke

Age: 19 Height: 6-9 Weight: 220 Wingspan: 6-11

2020/21 stats: 13 G, 11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.2 bpg, 52.3 FG% (4.4/8.4), 44.4 3PT% (0.6/1.4), 63.2 FT%

Player comparison: OG Anunoby, Kevin Knox

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 12th, Sports Illustrated 14th, Ringer 23rd, NBADraft.net 10th, Bleacher Report 18th

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Analysis: He is best known at this point for opting out of his freshman season at Duke to prepare for the NBA Draft. Despite his high 3-point percentage, there are some questions about Johnson's ceiling as a shooter. He was a low-volume shooter and shot a poor percentage from the free-throw line. Projecting his ability to shoot could come down to how front office experts view his shooting mechanics. - Hughes


2. Ziaire Williams, F, Stanford

Age: 19 Height: 6-9 Weight: 188 Wingspan: 6-10


2020/21 stats: 20 G, 10.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.6 bpg, 37.4 FG% (3.8/10.2), 29.1 3PT% (1.2/4.0), 79.6 FT%

Player comparison: Cam Reddish

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 18th, Sports Illustrated 20th, Ringer 17th, NBADraft.net 14th, Bleacher Report 24th

Analysis: Williams needs to improve as a finisher. He has a slim frame and he wasn't operating with a ton of space in college, but as of right now, he's mostly a jump-shooter on offense. The best scorers pressure defenses at all three levels and if Williams can't keep defenses honest inside, he'll become much easier to defend. His fundamentals on defense need a bit of work as well. Williams has the physical profile and feel for the game to become a very valuable defensive player, but he needs to improve on moving his feet and staying low when guarding smaller players. - DePrisco


3. Usman Garuba, C, International

Position: Forward Age: 19 Height: 6-8 Weight: 229 Wingspan: N/A

2020/21 stats: 38 G, 4.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.7 bpg, 50.4 FG% (1.6/3.1), 27.5 3PT% (0.3/1.1), 59.5 FT%

Player comparison: Robert Covington, Khem Birch

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 19th, Sports Illustrated 15th, Ringer 14th, NBADraft.net 19th, Bleacher Report 18th

Analysis: Though he shot a good percentage from the field, Garuba's shot is a concern. He wasn't a 3-point shooter and shot below 60% at the free throw line. He has more of a set shot than a jumpshot and a bit of a slow delivery. He can knock it down when open but has a tendency to hesitate and appear unsure. Garuba is at his best on offense in transition and when he has an opening to finish at the rim with his strength. - Hughes


4. Josh Christopher, SG/SF, Arizona State

Age: 19 Height: 6-5 Weight: 215 Wingspan: 6-9

2020/21 stats: 15 G, 14.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.5 bpg, 43.2 FG% (5.1/11.7), 30.5 3PT% (1.2/3.9), 63.2 FT%

Player comparison: Immanuel Quickley, Lonnie Walker IV

Projections: NBC Sports Washington N/A, Sports Illustrated 36th, Ringer N/A, NBADraft.net 22nd, Bleacher Report 32nd


Analysis: While Christopher has upside as a scorer, teams will likely take a long look at his shooting mechanics given that his percentages were low in college. He did not shoot well from three or at the line. As a shooting guard, his potential will depend heavily on whether he can become more efficient. - Hughes


5. Isaiah Jackson, C, Kentucky

Age: 19 Height: 6-10 Weight: 206 Wingspan: 7-2

2020/21 stats: 25 G, 8.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.8 spg, 2.6 bpg, 54.0 FG% (3.0/5.5), 0.0 3PT% (0/2), 70.0 FT%

Player comparison: Nic Claxton

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 21st, Sports Illustrated 21st, Ringer 24th, NBADraft.net 21st, Bleacher Report 21st

Analysis: The fundamentals need work and a lot of it. Jackson is a naturally gifted athlete with good shot-blocking instincts, but his inconsistent feet and tendency to bite for shot fakes get him into foul trouble more times than not. He averaged nearly six personal fouls per 40 minutes last season. This isn't new for young bigs in the NBA, but he'll need to improve the smaller parts of his game to get consistent minutes.  - DePrisco