While much of the focus has been on what the Wizards will do in the first round with the ninth overall pick, they also hold the 37th pick in the second round.
We have assembled some of our Wizards analysts to answer a series of debate questions involving the upcoming draft. The latest asks the question:
What is the Wizards' best-case scenario with their second round pick?
Chris Miller: Immanuel Quickley. I like Quickley to serve as a potential backup to fellow Kentucky Wildcat John Wall. A G-League stint with the Go-Go would give Quickley an opportunity to develop his game while playing starters minutes. Other options at 37 would include Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, who could serve a need at center, if the Wizards go in a different direction with the ninth overall pick. And finally, Elijah Hughes, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Syracuse. There are plenty of options with the 37th pick that will more than likely become a developmental player. In an earlier post I had the team taken Cassius Stanley, but he could be off the board before then.
Chase Hughes: Immanuel Quickley being on the board. Assuming the Wizards address one of their defensive needs with the ninth pick (ideally, a rim protector), they can take a chance in the second round on a guard with upside long-term. This draft is deeper at guard than any other position, which could mean a first-round value falling further than he otherwise would. Quickley has a chance to be a really good shooter at the next level. He made 42.8 percent of his threes last season at Kentucky (4.3 3PA) and shot 92.3 percent from the free throw line. He's a bit undersized for a two-guard, but could find his niche in a backup role behind Bradley Beal on the Wizards.
Tyler Byrum: The Wizards keep their second round pick. It doesn't necessarily have to be their current pick at No. 37, but this season a second round pick has value. With so much potential for Washington in a trade up or trade down scenario, having another pick in the draft is vital. As we saw in the NBA Bubble this past season, depth is everything during a COVID world. Without the G-league season locked down for the upcoming year, there may not be a safety blanket of calling up players that were in the groove of a competitive season due to an injury. Last season, Washington did well in getting a serviceable prospect in Admiral Schofield. This year there are several future NBA players that will be found in the second round.
Voting results: Immanuel Quickley 2, don't trade the pick 1
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