2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the Washington Wizards Should Target

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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the Washington Wizards Should Target

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USA TODAY Sports- Brad Mills

The Washington Wizards have proven themselves to be a playoff caliber team this season, and the maturation of John Wall and Bradley Beal has been encouraging to watch.

Clearly, this is not a championship contending squad quite yet, and they could certainly use some help in this summer's draft. They do not have many picks left ever since the Marcin Gortat trade, but could end up trading back into the mix. That remains to be seen, but what this slideshow will consider is who the Wizards should target in their pre-draft scouting.

This is a super important summer, because they could set themselves up quite nicely for the foreseeable future in the weak Eastern Conference. If they can nab a player to complement Wall and Beal, then D.C. fans will be watching playoff basketball for some time to come. That would be quite an amazing thing to witness, and definitely hoping for it as a DMV native.

A couple names you will find familiar, but there is one who I am pretty sure you will not have heard of. Fortunately for Wizards fans, the Georgetown Hoyas do not have any lottery level talent this season, because we all know how the Otto Porter pick has worked out so far. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to hit me up on twitter if you disagree with any of the selections. Also, if still hungry for basketball content, then be sure to stop by Rant Sports Prep for opinions on the best young ballers in America.

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5. Dakari Johnson

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Johnson could end up staying in school another year, but would love to see the Wizards try to draft him if he comes out. He has been buried on the bench for the Kentucky Wildcats, but he is a gem of a talent. I'm sure the Wiz would also love to draft Julius Randle, but they would probably settle for his backup and roommate.

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4. Tyler Ennis

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Syracuse's point guard had them on a pretty amazing unbeaten role to start the year, and if he finishes the season strong then he might end up bouncing for the lottery. The Wizards would be lucky to have a player like him.

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3. Marcus Paige

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We all know how the Wizards love to draft ACC talent, but this is a young point guard who is playing extremely well for the Tar Heels. Paige is developing quite nicely under Roy Williams, and he could come off the bench and provided scoring for the Wizards. That is, if the young floor general decides to declare for the draft, which has not been decided yet.

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2. Nigel Williams-Goss

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This is probably a kid you have not heard much about this year, but he has not dropped off of my radar. He is averaging close to 14 points, four assists, and four rebounds a game; at the next level, I see him as a sixth man who provides scoring, playmaking, and ball handling. He could certainly play that role extremely well for the Wiz, which would give them Wall's backup for the future.

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1. Aaron Gordon

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This is probably my favorite, and it takes into account that the Wizards would have to trade a young piece to get back into the first round. Aaron Gordon, though, could fall to them if they are able to trade for a mid-level lottery pick. He is a high flyer and pairing him with a player with like John Wall could turn the Wizards into D.C.'s answer to Lob City. How about Fly City?

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  • thaddeus

    WTF?? This was written this month? We have no first round picks and a late 2nd. Nobody will be there. Dakari Johnson needs lots and lots of work. I would hope he stays in school for another 2 years