The 2023 NBA draft formally concluded on June 22 with the Washington Wizards cementing themselves as a rebuilding crew for the subsequent a number of years.
The Wizards traded picks with the Pacers, shifting up one spot to pick Bilal Coulibaly, a flexible ahead who went by way of a top spurt and performed alongside Victor Wembenyama in France. Whereas uncooked in his talents, he possesses appreciable potential for development and has been in comparison with Raptors ahead OG Anunoby. Coulibaly has additionally in contrast himself to Mikhail Bridges and Paul George.
Tristan Vukcevic was drafted at 42 by the Wizards. He not too long ago received an Adriatic Basketball Affiliation championship, and his potential to be a giant man that may stretch defenses to the three-point line can be an enormous boon for Washington.
With these choices alongside giant quantities of long-term cap flexibility generated by buying and selling star guard Bradley Beal, the Wizards are actually planning to be one of many decrease performing groups within the league with long-term upside and talent to plan for the upcoming years. The Wizards have the chance to fill holes of their rotation, significantly on the massive man position, in free company.
There are a number of massive males who went undrafted, together with Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe and Gonzaga’s Drew Timme, who would have the chance to get high quality minutes in Washington and probably earn long-term contracts to make sure they continue to be within the league for years to return. Daniel Gafford and Mike Muscala, not too long ago acquired in a commerce, are the one massive males at present on the roster. Jordan Poole and Tyus Jones, each acquired throughout latest trades, are more likely to be the beginning guards.
This draft could also be thought to be probably the most stacked drafts in latest reminiscence.
Wembenyama, drafted first general by the Spurs, could redefine the massive man position within the NBA.
The Thompson Twins, Ausar and Amen, had been drafted 4th and fifth general. They’re the primary set of brothers taken within the first 5 slots within the NBA draft.
Cam Whitmore, a DMV native, was drafted at quantity 20 by the Houston Rockets. Whitmore has versatile guard abilities that can serve the Houston Rockets effectively as they decide use the number of younger gamers they’ve at their disposal.
Gaithersburg native and DeMatha Excessive College grad Jordan Hawkins was chosen by the New Orleans Pelicans with the 14th decide within the draft. Hawkins is the cousin of LSU star Angel Reese, who congratulated him by way of Twitter after he was drafted. Hawkins is predicted to be a shooter with prolonged vary.
The Wizards nonetheless have Delon Wright, Monte Morris, and the expiring contract of Kyle Kuzma as potential items throughout free company. Rumors of Kuzma being signed to a long-term contract and traded to groups together with Sacramento and Dallas have continued by way of the week.
Former Washington Wizard Davis Bertans was traded to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder in alternate for shifting up two draft positions within the first spherical. Whereas Burton’s contract is just not totally assured, the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder have the cap area and roster room to present him a spot and see if his talents meet crew wants as they put together for a playoff push.