The Washington Wizards have the 10th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select…
2022 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Profile: Bennedict Mathurin
2021/22 stats: 37 G, 17.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.3 bpg, 45.0 FG% (5.9/13.1), 36.9 3PT% (2.2/6.1), 76.4 FT% (3.7/4.8)
Player comparison: Caris LeVert
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 11th, Sports Illustrated 7th, Ringer 9th, Athletic 8th, ESPN 11th, NBADraft.net 6th, Bleacher Report 8th
5 things to know:
– First off, Mathurin is a bucket-getter, plain and simple. He’s a knockdown shooter off the catch whether there’s a hand in his face or not, can hit shots off the dribble and attack closeouts effectively with a decent handle and intriguing ability to change speeds with the ball in his hands. He was primarily a spot-up shooter as a freshman at Arizona (shot 41% from three), and as his role expanded this season, Mathurin’s efficiency didn’t drop off.
– Mathurin is an exciting athlete and plays with infectious energy on the court. He flies up and down the floor in transition, crashes the offensive glass with force and simply doesn’t appear to get scared of the moment regardless of circumstance. Couple that with the offensive skill he displays and it’s easy to see why he’ll become a fan favorite…