The 2013 NBA Draft took some twists and turns Thursday, but the Washington Wizards ended up with two solid scorers in Georgetown Hoyas small forward Otto Porter and D-League shooting guard Glen Rice, Jr.
Selected third overall, Porter will provide Washington with three-point shooting, athleticism, and a little more defense than they’ve had at the wing. The Wizards expect to re-sign veteran Martell Webster come July 1, while Trevor Ariza and Chris Singleton remain under contract.
Wizards’ Small Forward Depth Chart:
1) Martell Webster
2) Otto Porter
3) Trevor Ariza
4) Chris Singleton
Porter Highlights | Twitter Reaction | Pre-Draft
Washington might move Ariza to the shooting guard rotation to help handle the ball, while Singleton was used, infrequently, as a power forward last season. The Wizards can afford to go small ball against a team like the Miami Heat, but they’ll need to consider finding a young center prospect to replace Emeka Okafor, who is on the last year of his contract.
The Wizards could have drafted a center and a point guard with their 38th and 54th picks, yet they decided to acquire a shooter in Glen Rice, Jr., son of NBA legend Glen Rice. He’s not quite as tall as his father at 6-6, and he’s 22-years-old, which isn’t too attractive. He can, however, shoot the trey, and he’s an athletic, cerebral player. Washington traded their last two picks for Rice, who was a 35th pick.
Wizards’ Shooting Guard Depth Chart:
1) Bradley Beal
2) Glen Rice, Jr.
Rice Highlights | D-League Profile
Drafting a D-League player might seem suspect, yet finding an extra center or a backup point guard or combo guard will be easier than finding a 6-6 shooting guard with athletic upside. Rice’s combine stats are fairly impressive, at that: 40.5-inch vertical, 3.25 second 3/4 court sprint. Washington also needed a backup shooter after they dealt Jordan Crawford to the Boston Celtics mid-season, but how much did they need one?
The Wizards left such guard prospects on the board as Peyton Siva, who went 56th. Siva is a pure point guard and an athletic freak. 41.5-inch vertical and 15 reps on the bench press? You really don’t get that often from a point guard. They left such centers on the board as Jeff Withey, who went 39th. Withey is far from an athletic freak, yet he blocked 3.9 shots per game with his 7-2 wingspan as a Kansas senior.
Wizards’ Point Guard Depth Chart:
1) John Wall
Washington needs some sort of point guard to help Wall next season, and Siva would have been a very nice late round pick-up. Rice will provide an athletic prospect in his own right, but the Wizards are going to need someone to help Rice create. The Wizards relied on Ariza at times to get the ball moving, but it’ll be tough to play Ariza with both Porter and Rice in the mix. Having a lot of wings isn’t the worst thing, but that’s a lot of mouths to feed.
Wizards’ Center Depth Chart:
1) Emeka Okafor
2) Kevin Seraphin
Okafor, as mentioned, is done after this season. He’ll cost too much to keep, and he’ll be too old to want to keep. The 30-year-old center provided Washington with some consistency last season, but it’s time for the Wizards to consider whether or not Seraphin will ever be a starter in this league.
Seraphin has a nice touch, but his reactions are still a step slow. He gets caught in double team traps far too often and, as Andray Blatche struggled while in Washington, doesn’t seem to have the ability to handle that starting role. He might work well alongside Nene at power forward, but he isn’t the Wizards’ center of the future.
Wizards’ Power Forward Depth Chart:
2) Trevor Booker
3) Jan Vesely
Speaking of the future, Booker and Vesely remain questionable. Booker still has time to show his upside, but injuries–and depth chart concerns–have weighed him down. Vesely, meanwhile, still hasn’t defined himself as being anything but an alley-oop dunk clean-up machine. He shows flashes of defensive prowess yet doesn’t harness his athletic build and length the way you’d want a starting power forward–or small forward–to operate. He also lacks a jumper outside of the Las Vegas Summer League, which limits him to that of a center or power forward. Frankly, he doesn’t have the build for either position.
The Wizards will begin to flesh out their roster a little more come Monday, July 1, when the free agency period is set to begin. Washington needs a point guard, and they need to begin to think about some kind of center prospect, as they’ll need one after next season.