Every year teams miss on players in the NBA Draft. It is part of what makes the annual event so unpredictable. With all the hours spent on evaluating players, it is inevitable some will slip through the cracks.
We have assembled some of our Wizards analysts to answer a series of debate questions involving the upcoming draft. The latest asks the question:
Who is the biggest sleeper in the 2020 NBA Draft?
Chris Miller: Cassius Stanley. In one season at Duke, Stanley showcased his high-level athleticism on both ends of the floor. At 6-foot-6 Stanley has NBA size and a high-level motor. Stanley last season made the ACC All-Freshman team averaging 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds, while shooting 47% from the field and 36% from three. His best outing came in a loss to Louisville when he had career highs in points (24) and rebounds (11) in 37 minutes. Stanley, who played for Russell Westbrook’s AAU team, attacks the game with the same type of passion and enthusiasm.
Chase Hughes: Desmond Bane. A four-year player at TCU, Bane could be a relatively safe pick in the late first-round or early second. He is a versatile shooting guard with an NBA-ready frame. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals. Most notably, he knocked down 44.2 percent from three on 6.5 attempts per game. His ceiling may not scream All-Star, but he looks like a guy who will play a decade in the NBA and peak as an important rotation player on a good team. Given the range he is expected to go, that would be more than enough to exceed expectations. A team like the Wizards could use Bane if he fell to them in the second round (37th overall) as a back-up to Bradley Beal and another option at the three in small-ball lineups.
Tyler Byrum: Josh Green. Playing in a loaded starting lineup in Arizona, Green often took a back seat in the gameplan depending on the night. He didn't get to fully display his arsenal and certainly left some flair on the court. But he's a sleeper because he can fill into a roster on a solid team - like many mock drafts anticipate he will be selected in the 20s - and have an immediate impact for later pick. Green's biggest asset is his defense, where he averaged 1.5 steals last year and is a 3-point threat on the outside as a 36% shooter. His athleticism will rank among the top of this class and certainly will be noticed as the year goes on. His potential, not necessarily his game, could draw parallels to Tyler Herro's impact with the Heat this past year.
Voting results: Cassius Stanley 1, Desmond Bane 1, Josh Green 1
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