The Washington Wizards were linked to one position and one position only heading into the first round of last night’s NBA Draft. Everyone, virtually everyone had them pegged for taking a stretch four or power forward with the 19th overall pick in the draft, namely Bobby Portis. The next logical option linked to Washington was a point guard or combo guard, the popular pick being Jerian Grant.
The Atlanta Hawks selected Kelly Oubre Jr. with the 15th pick, the Wizards would go on to select the aforementioned Jerian Grant. Shortly thereafter, a trade was announced. The Wizards had sent the Hawks two second round picks to exchange players on draft day, Oubre would become a Wizard and Grant a Hawk, before being sent to the Knicks in exchange for Tim Hardaway Jr.
Back to Oubre, the Wizards got a player that might not be able to contribute right away, but will be around to grow that young group they have on the perimeter. With Otto Porter stepping up last season, Oubre will have a chance to develop behind the scenes. He can eventually help the Wizards as an extremely bouncy 3-and-D guy. With his size, he should be able to play the 2 and the 3. Providing Washington with much needed depth on the wings, Bradley Beal was excited to see him end up a Wizard per twitter last night.
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) June 26, 2015
It’s important to not take too much from his lack of points in college, as he averaged just 9.3 points a game for Bill Self at Kansas. He shot 44% from the floor and 35% from beyond the arc. Oubre showed flashes of they type of defender he could be, but several players in the past few years didn’t get a chance to showcase their full talents in Bell Self’s system. The most recent being last year’s number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins, definitely tune in to his play in Summer League to see what can be taken from there.
He’ll also get a chance to play with one of the NBA’s best point guards at times, he also gives the Wizards options if and when they choose to go small. They could possibly trot Wall, Beal, Oubre, Porter, and a big out on the floor and have four of the five players on the court be able to shoot from beyond the arc. That unit would also be able to defend, get out and run in a lineup of that kind. Keep in mind the type of open shots wings have gotten while playing with Wall, Ariza and Webster immediately come to mind.
In the second round, the Wizards took a player that could be a stretch four down the line in Aaron White. The big man from Iowa 16 points and 7 rebounds in his senior year. There have been a couple of reports stating that the Wizards will stash him overseas, if that is the case, it’ll be interesting to see if Washington stands pat with what’s on the current roster at the position or if they make a move or two in free agency.