Wizards 2018 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings
Keita Bates-Diop, SF/PF, Ohio State
Player Comparison: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Mock Projection: No. 41 (Orlando Magic)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Bates-Diop is a uniquely versatile player who could fit in very well with positionless basketball. Defense could be the way he makes his name early on in his NBA career.
He has proven uniquely adept at blocking shots for his size, averaging 1.6 per game as a redshirt junior. Whether that will translate to the NBA level, however, is a question. He will be guarding bigger, smarter and more athletic players.
Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State
Comparison: Jae Crowder, Shawn Marion
Mock Projection: No. 13 (Los Angeles Clippers)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Bridges was a big-time college player who led the Spartans in scoring in each of his two years on campus.
He played small forward and power forward and scored in a variety of ways. He knocked down threes at a high volume and was also very good at finishing on the fastbreak with the strength and leaping ability to throw down big dunks.
Michigan State's Miles Bridges would add athleticism to Wizards at No. 15
Troy Brown, SG/SF, Oregon
Age: 18 (turns 19 in July)
Player Comparison: T.J. Warren
Mock Projection: No. 23 (Indiana Pacers)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Brown was a one-and-done player at Oregon who in his one NCAA season showed that he can do a lot of thing on the court.
He played some at shooting guard, some at small forward and says he's comfortable at point guard as well, having played there plenty in the past. Brown could be a perfect for positionless basketball.
Brown would check off a lot of boxes for the Wizards in terms of their positional needs. He could help out behind Bradley Beal at shooting guard and also behind Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre at small forward.
Hamidou Diallo, PG, Kentucky
Age: 19 (Turns 20 in July)
Player Comparison: Archie Goodwin
Mock Projection: No. 53 (Oklahoma City Thunder)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: The measurables and pedigree are impressive, but Diallo's potential has yet to be realized. He didn't play a game despite attending Kentucky in the 2016-17 academic year. He tested the NBA Draft waters last summer before returning to Kentucky to average a modest 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds.
Diallo has already worked out for the Chicago Bulls, but is currently projected by most mock drafts to be a second-round pick. This time he hired an agent and will definitely be making the leap.
Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo could help Wizards' perimeter defense
Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova
Player Comparison: Rex Chapman
Mock Projection: No. 20 (Minnesota Timberwolves)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: DiVincenzo was a modest draft prospect before he lit it up at the NBA Combine in May. Not only did he stand out in the 5-on-5 scrimmages, he was tied for the highest vertical leap of all the players there at 42 inches. That's a half-inch higher than Zach LaVine's combine vertical. The Wizards need help at backup shooting guard and DiVincenzo could provide it.
For one, he could probably help right away. He is an experienced college player who at 21 has already performed on a big stage. Secondly, he may be able to make an impact as a bench scorer early on in his career.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, Kentucky
Age: 19 (Turns 20 in July)
Player Comparison: Shaun Livingston
Mock Projection: No. 14 (Denver Nuggets)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: A tall and athletic point guard, Gilgeous-Alexander was smooth and efficient running the offense at Kentucky.
He scored, dished assists, rebounded very well for his position and forced turnovers on the defensive end. Gilgeous-Alexander is a smart player and seems like a relatively safe pick, especially for a team looking to start him as a backup point guard with the ability to start down the road.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could give Wizards size, reach at backup guard
Aaron Holiday, PG. UCLA
Player Comparison: Darren Collison
Mock Projection: No. 19 (Atlanta Hawks)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Though Holiday has the skillset to play off the ball as a shooting guard, his size will limit him at the NBA level. Holiday is just under 6-foot-1 in shoes and doesn't have the vertical leap to make up for it. He does, however, have a plus wingspan. At this point, Holiday seems to be solely a point guard, though as long as he's good at the position there is nothing wrong with that.
Given Wall (6-4) and Satoransky (6-7) are taller than most point guards, they could theoretically guard shooting guards on the other end.
UCLA's Aaron Holiday could be the Wizards' future backup point guard
Kevin Huerter, SG/SF, Maryland
Player Comparison: Allan Houston
Mock Projection: No. 24 (Portland Trail Blazers)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Huerter was one of the biggest standouts at the NBA Combine. He recorded a 38-inch vertical leap and was a star of the 5-on-5 scrimmages. NBA scouts were raving over his shooting range and ability to score on catch-and-shoot plays.
Few players have seen their stock rise more than Huerter over the last month.
One question surrounding Huerter is his defense. He's a decent defender, but doesn't have a big wingspan. He did show some potential with steals in college.
Kevin Huerter's athleticism, shooting skill will tempt Wizards and others
Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, Boise State
Player Comparison: Denzel Valentine
Mock Projection: No. 22 (Chicago Bulls)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Hutchison is one of the oldest players in this draft class, having turned 22 in April. That could affect how teams view his potential, knowing he is already three years further in his development than many of the top guys in the draft.
The Wizards could use a versatile wing like Hutchison. He can play both shooting guard and small forward, meaning he could be the primary backup to Bradley Beal at the two and provide extra insurance behind Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre, Jr. at the three.
Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky
Age: 18 (Turns 19 in August)
Player Comparison: Tobias Harris
Mock Projection: No. 10 (Philadelphia 76ers)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Knox projects as a stretch-four with the ability to play some small forward in bigger lineups.
He has good range and proved at Kentucky he can get super hot from three. He made three threes or more in eight different games, including on Jan. 27 against West Virginia when he made five threes and dropped a career-high 34 points.
Knox would be a perfect fit positionally for the Wizards both in the short- and long-term. As a rookie, he would slide in as their primary backup power forward who could also pitch in at small forward.
Could Kevin Knox of Kentucky be a good fit for the Wizards?
Mitchell Robinson, C, High School
Player Comparison: Nerlens Noel, Andre Drummond
Mock Projection: No. 25 (Los Angeles Lakers)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: There are some considerable red flags with Robinson. He did not play in college after committing to Western Kentucky. It was an unusual situation to begin with where he committed there because his godfather was hired to the staff.
Then, once he got on campus, he decided he didn't want to play there.
If the Wizards can overlook the inherent risk of drafting Robinson, he would fit them well positionally. He is an athletic big man who blocks shots and throws down lobs. John Wall could work wonders with a teammate like that.
Why major draft risk Mitchell Robinson could bring jackpot for Wizards
Landry Shamet, PG/SG Wichita State
Player Comparison: C.J. McCollum
Mock Projection: No. 28 (Golden State Warriors)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Mock drafts can't seem to come to a consensus on Landry Shamet. That may be because while Shamet can hit threes and jump with the best of them, there are questions about his athleticism in other areas and particularly on the defensive end of the floor. He will have to do more than just hit threes if he expects to stick around in the pros.
Shamet can play both point guard and shooting guard. He began his college career as a shooting guard before transitioning to point. He had some ups-and-downs learning the point guard position, but came away with solid assist numbers.
Draft prospect Landry Shamet would add shooting and guard depth to Wizards
Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, High School
Player Comparison: Tyler Johnson
Mock Projection: No. 35 (Orlando Magic)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Simons is in this draft as a high school senior. He didn't play college ball despite originally committing to the University of Louisville. Simons backed out in September amid allegations of recruiting violations. Simons instead played at IMG Academy in Florida.
What would make sense is if Simons falls to the No. 44 pick in the second round. The Wizards could certainly justify taking him there to make him a centerpiece of their new G-League team's roster.
HS senior Anfernee Simons would give Wizards huge potential at PG in draft
Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech
Player Comparison: Jrue Holiday
Mock Projection: No. 15 (Washington Wizards)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Smith is one of the most impressive athletes in this draft class and may be the best dunker.
Though he's 6-4, and that's not huge for a shooting guard, he boasts a 6-10 wingspan and a 41 1/2-inch vertical, one of the best at this year's NBA Combine.
Smith did a good job of using those traits to wreak havoc on defense in college. He was particularly adept at forcing turnovers, averaging over a steal and a block per game.
Smith would give the Wizards some defense and athleticism. He would be similar to Kelly Oubre, Jr. in that regard, giving the Wizards a bench capable of locking down the perimeter. Smith could also potentially play some small forward in smaller lineups.
A defensive stud from Texas Tech, Zhaire Smith could drop for Wizards
Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton
Player Comparison: Marcus Smart
Mock Projection: No. 26 (Philadelphia 76ers)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Thomas is a strong guard with a huge wingspan for his size. He used that length to forced lots of steals in college. He averaged 1.7 per game as a junior and twice in his college career had five in one game.
His age is something worth considering. Thomas is 22 and was born in 1996, yet that's old for the NBA Draft. Teams will have to determine how much room he still has left to improve.
As Malcolm Brogdon showed when he was entering the draft, sometimes teams can sleep on an older player and not realize what they are missing.
Gary Trent Jr., SG/SF, Duke
Player Comparison: Garry Harris
Mock Projection: No. 27 (Boston Celtics)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Trent has a 6-9 wingspan and a 40-inch vertical leap. He has the size to fit in well at shooting guard and probably play some small forward as well.
Draft evaluators like Trent's potential on defense. His a big and strong guard who showed a knack for forcing turnovers in college. He had 13 multi-steal games at Duke and had three steals in six different games.
Some knocks on Trent include his lack of quickness and ability to get to the rim off the dribble. There are also questions about his skills around the rim, though he can jump with the best of them.
Duke guard Gary Trent, Jr. would give Wizards shooting and versatility
Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Michigan
Player Comparison: Mehmet Okur
Mock Projection: No. 33 (Dallas Mavericks)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Wagner is one of the best shooting big men in this class. He measured in at just about 7-feet at the NBA Combine, yet he shot nearly 40 percent from three this past year in college on 4.1 attempts per game.
He projects to be a stretch-4 or stretch-5 at the next level and those guys are increasingly valuable in today's NBA.
The Wizards like Wagner a lot. He impressed in his workout at Capital One Arena and would give the Wizards several things that they don't currently have.
Michigan's Moe Wagner could add shooting to Wizards' frontcourt
Lonnie Walker, SG, Miami
Player Comparison: Ben McLemore
Mock Projection: No. 16 (Phoenix Suns)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Walker is a freak athlete that offers a very high ceiling.
He is 6--5, strong and has a plus wingspan to go along with a very impressive 40-inch vertical leap. He is also quick and agile with the ability to blow past defenders, especially on the fastbreak.
If drafted by the Wizards, Walker would provide athleticism to their bench and potentially give them a nice scoring punch. The Wizards could use a player who can create his own shot on their bench and Walker could do that someday soon.
Lonnie Walker IV of Miami would give Wizards athleticism and depth at SG
Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M
Age: 20 (turns 21 in October)
Player Comparison: Clint Capela
Mock Projection: No. 12 (Los Angeles Clippers)
FULL DRAFT PROFILE: Williams projects as a defensive specialist early on in his NBA career with the potential to develop as an offensive player. He averaged at least 2.5 blocks each of his two seasons in College Station. There were some games that he completely dominated around the rim. He had four blocks or more in 17 college games, including seven blocks against Alabama in the SEC Tournament in March. Williams seems to have good instincts for blocking and altering shots, but he will need to use his length effectively when guarding taller players in the pros.
He checks off a few boxes for the Wizards in terms of positional needs. He would give them some athleticism in their frontcourt and could someday fill a role similar to Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets. He has become a very good NBA player and works perfectly as a complement to James Harden and Chris Paul.