The NBA Draft is coming up, which means The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for each NBA team. Each day, a new team will be analyzed for their past season, their team needs and targets. Today, the Washington Wizards will be evaluated.
The Wizards finished the season with a record of 32-50. They were 11th in the East after making the playoffs last season. The Wizards had a rough season due to factors such as injuries and chemistry issues. They lost key players to injuries and had moments where players called out their teammates or even the coach. The Wizards’ season had ups and downs but they have a chance to improve.
Last summer, the Wizards added a few players to their roster through trades and free agency. They traded their center Marcin Gortat to the Clippers in exchange for Austin Rivers. They later traded Rivers (along with Kelly Oubre Jr.) in exchange for Trevor Ariza. The Wizards also signed veterans Jeff Green and Dwight Howard. However, Howard underwent spinal surgery in November and missed the rest of the season.
The Wizards also lost their star player in John Wall. Wall missed the rest of the season due to a due to a chronic Achilles tendon injury. Then, he suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon after falling in his home. So, the Wizards will be without Wall for a significant amount of time.
After firing their General Manager of 16 years (Ernie Grunfeld), the Wizards are looking for direction.
The Wizards have one pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
First Round: Pick No. 9
Rebounding– The Wizards were 27th in total rebounds this season. They have centers such as Dwight Howard and Thomas Bryant (a restricted free agent this summer) but the Wizards need more rebounding on both ends of the floor.
Rim Protection- The Wizards had a defensive rating of 113.9, which put them at 28th in the league. This was their worst defensive rating in franchise history. No other team in the league allowed more field goals per game within five feet than Washington. They could benefit from a rim protector.
Wing Defense- Defense was an issue for the Wizards this season. In the same way they need a rim protector, they also need wing defenders.
Guards- Wall’s injury impacts the Wizards in many ways. One of the biggest ways is point guard depth. The Wizards can use Tomas Satoransky at point but could use more at the point guard position while Wall recovers.
First Round: Pick No. 9: Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
Hayes is a 6-foot-11 center from the University of Texas. He averaged 10 points and 5 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game. He also averaged 2.2 blocks. He has a raw but efficient offensive game with a field goal percentage of 72.8 percent. Hayes is athletic and capable of being a rim protector, which the Wizards lack. While he needs to bulk up, Hayes can become the rim protector the Wizards need.