With the Wizards holding the 15th pick in the draft and having a clear need for wing depth and shooting, trading up to secure one of the better players in the class could go a long way in improving the ceiling of the team next season.
There are already a number of teams above the Wizards in the draft interested in moving down, but what about the player worth giving up additional assets to move up and select? This draft has at least five players worth it for Washington.
Scottie Barnes: PF/SF, Florida State
Age: 19 Height: 6-9 Weight: 225 Wingspan: 7-2
2020/21 stats: 24 G, 10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.5 bpg, 50.3 FG% (4.1/8.1), 27.5 3PT% (0.5/1.7), 62.1 FT%
Player comparison: Draymond Green
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 5th, Ringer 5th, NBADraft.net 6th, Bleacher Report 5th
Analysis: Barnes is already a good, versatile defender and should be able to contribute at that end of the floor right away. He has great size and length at 6-9 with a 7-2 wingspan, and he certainly knows how to use it. Barnes’ combination of natural instincts and elite physical tools should give him a high floor as a defender with the potential to become a perennial All-Defense type of player. – DePrisco
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Case for trading up: Barnes still has a lot of work to do on the offensive end of the floor and is a likely top-six pick, so the Wizards would be in a position where…