2022 NBA Draft Profile: Paolo Banchero would bring high ceiling to Wizards

The Washington Wizards have the 10th-best lottery odds for 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: Paolo Banchero

School: Duke

Position: Forward

Age: 19

Height: 6-10

Weight: 250

Wingspan: 7-1

2020/21 stats: 39 G, 17.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.1 spg, 0.9 bpg, 47.8 FG% (6.3/13.2), 33.8 3PT% (1.1/3.3), 72.9 FT% (3.5/4.8)

Player comparison: Carmelo Anthony, Julius Randle

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 3rd, Sports Illustrated 2nd, Ringer 3rd, Athletic 3rd, ESPN 3rd, NBADraft.net 3rd, Bleacher Report 2nd

5 things to know:

-Banchero is one of three players at the top of this class (Jabari Smith Jr. and Chet Holmgren the others) who are of similar height and could end up playing the same position in the NBA, but play very different styles and come in different shapes. While Holmgren is the lanky Unicorn, Banchero is the rock-solid bruiser, coming in at a Julius Randle-like 250 pounds. But it’s not just strength that sets Banchero apart, it’s his skillset for his size as he’s a uniquely gifted scorer, able to make plays at all three levels and create for himself off the dribble. Banchero is very advanced as a playmaker off the dribble for his age and position, and appears to have the potential to be a 20-point scorer and perennial All-Star.

-Due to his size, Banchero has been widely compared…

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