The NBA Draft seems to always create intriguing Washington Wizards news so here’s a roundup of 2017 NBA mock draft accompanied by an analysis of the Wizards may take in this year’s draft.
Jordan Clarkson, Tomas Satoransky, Shelvin Mack and Aaron White are the most recent second-round NBA draft picks by the Washington Wizards. Out of that group, Satoransky is the lone player that is a member of the Wizards roster today.
So, what kind of significance does this year’s NBA draft hold for the Wizards? With Ernie Grunfeld as the Wizards general manager, probably not much. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Wizards and Grunfeld can’t find luck and draft a future NBA superstar at pick No. 52.
- Manu Ginobili, No. 57, 1999 NBA Draft
- Draymond Green, No. 35, 2012 NBA Draft
- Marc Gasol, No. 48, 2017 NBA Draft
- Paul Millsap, No. 47, 2006 NBA Draft
- Monta Ellis, No. 40, 2005 NBA Draft
However, an intriguing report by NBA.com’s David Aldridge revealed the Washington Wizards are searching for a way to land NBA superstar and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George via trade.
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With the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 22 in Brooklyn, Ny., here is the ultimate NBA mock draft roundup featuring draft projections for the Wizards draft pick at No. 52 overall.
Our friends at Sports Illustrated delivered the resourceful 2017 NBA Mock Draft: Rumors And All 60 Picks as the Washington Wizards stay local and select Georgetown Hoyas guard L.J. Peak.
The South Carolina native has progressed each season at Georgetown into the NBA prospect he is today. Despite a down season for Georgetown, Peak averaged 16.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a junior.
For the 21-year-old to be successful at the next level, Peak must find some type of consistency in his 3-point shot that slipped from 40.9 percent his sophomore year to 32.7 percent his junior year. One stat that stands out is Peak’s rise in assists that catapulted from 1.7 assists to 3.5 assists last season.
The Crossover’s Jeremy Woo provided his analysis for the versatile 6-foot-5 guard/forward:
"Peak’s athleticism on the wing could blend nicely on a Wizards team that could look to bolster its depth with this lone selection. He’s an NBA-caliber athlete who needs to develop as a scorer and ballhandler."
Peak. who declared who hired an agent and declared for the 2017 NBA Draft in March, was not invited to the NBA Draft Combine.