|2017-18 W/L: 43-39||2018-19 W/L: 32-50|
Finished 11th in the eastern conference (Missed Playoffs)
Team Option: Jabari Parker
1st Pick: 1st Round-9th Overall
Players that could available and fit with this pick:
The Wizards are entering an off season with a lot of uncertainty as John Wall recovers from injury and the majority of their roster being free agents. Wall could miss the entire upcoming season being down from an Achilles injury, leading the team to have a major piece of their team and salary cap sidelined. In Wall’s absence Bradley Beal stepped up and became a more dominant scorer but also playing as the lead guard in spurts. Beal has been rumored to be included in trade possibilities as we enter the draft and free agency, but there is no concrete evidence that the team will be moving him before the season. Jabari Parker has a 20 million dollar team option which is a big pay day but he is a solid player and there is a chance that the team will exercise that option for next season. They still have two more years on Ian Mahinmi’s bad contract, and Wall has a big increase in his salary from 19 million to over 37 million next season. There is also the interesting scenario where the Wizards do not have a general manager heading into the draft, leaving the team without a clear cut vision going forward.
They only have one pick that is #9 overall, which was not as high as the team or fans were hoping for in the lottery, but it does give the Wizards a chance to select a potential impact player. If Cam Reddish is available he would be a good value pick at #9, but it is likely that he will be gone by the time the Wizards are on the clock. Sekou Doumbouya is a player that many analysts are projecting Washington to take, and drafting a small forward in general makes sense which would put Nassir Little in play as well. There is a possibility if Darius Garland or Coby White fall past where they are expected to be taken, that the Wizards would be interested in taking a point guard. This would likely mean moving John Wall which would be tough considering his salary and health concerns at this point. It is much more likely that the Wizards will elect to take a position other than a point guard and fill the void of Wall being out through free agency. De’Andre Hunter and Jarrett Culver would be no doubt selections if they fall to #9 but that is not expected to occur. They could take a chance on Bol Bol if they believe he can stay healthy, or Jaxson Hayes will be in consideration with his athleticism and shot block abilities that would fit in well with the Wizards system. Rui Hachimura and PJ Washington would instantly be able to make an impact at the power forward position if the team does not exercise the option on Jabari Parker or sign a big name free agent at the position. If we were drafting for the Wizards it would most likely be a wing that could play with Bradley Beal, coming down to who is available out of the top shooting guards and small forwards.