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Washington Wizards

2013-14 record: 44-38

Second place, Southeast Division

Lost in conference semifinals to Indiana

2014 Draft Picks: Round 2 - Pick 46

Draft Picks - Round 2

46
Jordan Clarkson (traded to Los Angeles Lakers) | Point Guard | Missouri
Draft Overview

TRADE 1: Washington Wizards acquire cash considerations from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for the No. 46 pick Jordan Clarkson.
 

Pre-Draft Analysis

 

Areas of Strength

The Wizards have a young backcourt tandem in All-Star point guard John Wall and budding star shooting guard Bradley Beal that is the envy of many teams around the league. The fact that they are homegrown Draft picks makes them even more spectacular when viewed through a Draft prism. You can build around them, adding and subtracting more young talent and more seasoned performers as the front office sees fit.

 

Needs Work

So much depends on what happens in free agency with Marcin Gortat, Trevor Ariza and Trevor Booker in particular. It's in-house talent, however, that has to be the focus this summer in D.C. Otto Porter, Jr. never got his rookie season off the ground due to injury. His development for the 2014-15 season is better than having another lottery pick from the June Draft to add to the mix. The frontcourt depth will need to be refurbished and upgraded, where possible.

 

Two Stats That Matter

10 -- Anyone looking for an explanation as to how the Wizards magically made their way from the lottery to the conference semifinals need only check their top-10 defensive ranking, which has been a staple under Randy Wittman.

 

82 -- Nothing is more important for All-Stars and potential superstars than staying healthy. And John Wall managed to play in all 82 games during the regular season. It was the difference in him being a solid young player and an All-Star.

 

The Way To Go
NBA.com's Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:

Two important bigs are heading into free agency -- though Marcin Gortat and Trevor Booker could obviously re-sign -- but the No. 46 pick will have to be used for depth at best, not part of the immediate priority on pushing ahead in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards gave what turned out to be the No. 18 pick to the Suns to get Gortat, and it's well worth it. While Washington would have liked a pick in the middle of the first round in this draft, not sorting through lottery choices is a very nice feeling.

 

2013-14 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank) 
Offensive: 103.3 (18th)
Defensive: 102.4 (10th)

 

Under Contract
G: John Wall
G: Bradley Beal
F: Otto Porter, Jr.
F: Nene
G: Andre Miller
F: Martell Webster

 

Free Agents
G: Garrett Temple
F: Trevor Ariza
C: Marcin Gortat
F: Trevor Booker
F: Al Harrington
F: Drew Gooden
F: Chris Singleton
F/C: Kevin Seraphin

 

Recent Draft History
2013: Otto Porter (3)
2012: Bradley Beal (3), Tomas Satoransky (32)
2011: Jan Vesely (6), Chris Singleton (18), Shelvin Mack (34)
2010: John Wall (1), Lazar Hayward (30), Nemanja Bjelica (35)
2009: Jermaine Taylor (32)

 

-- Sekou Smith

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