2013 NBA Draft: Washington Wizards Thinking About Rotnei Clarke

By Andy Schmidt
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The Washington Wizards are sitting in a perfect position with the no. 3  overall pick as the 2013 NBA Draft approaches. The team will get a great player in that spot, but it appears there is a lot of focus now being used on the possibility of the team taking another point guard with one of the two second-round picks. The team brought in former Butler point guard Rotnei Clarke on Monday, and I have to think that they are thinking about having him be a backup to John Wall.

I like what Clarke can do and he plays the game with reckless abandon. That is what you want out of every player you put on the court. The issue is that playing with reckless abandon can get you hurt, and while it wasn’t Clarke’s fault that he ended up with a back injury last season, he was still out for a long period of time. The Wizards can’t afford to have a damaged piece coming to a team that already has a fragile piece with Wall.

If the team wants to use their final draft pick on Clarke to see what he can do, I’m all for that idea, but I wouldn’t be taking him with their first second-round pick. There is real potential for this Washington team and they should probably be looking all over for players to improve the roster for next season. I guess only time will tell whether or not we see Clarke in a Washington uniform when next season begins. I may not be the biggest fan of the idea, but maybe the Wizards see something that I don’t.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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