ESPN.com's NBA draft expert Chad Ford released his latest mock draft this morning. He is expected to release a final mock draft before the Cav's finally go on the clock tonight. Here's his latest Wizards projections:
Enes Kanter has been the number one guy on the Wiz wish list and if God does us a solid we will land him somehow although its not that likely. Enter Jan Vesely. He has intrigued the Wizards as of late with his athleticsim, size and outstanding rebounding skills. He stands 6-11 with tremendous length, which will allow him to reach over defenders for rebounds as well as defend the ball in the paint. His high energy and solid jump shooting will fair well for him offensively as a 3, while his size and reach will allow him to defend players at the 4. He has also been highly commended for his work ethic. Vesely was set to enter the draft LAST year but opted to return Partizan college in Serbia for one more year to improve and develop his skills. This is the type of presence the Wizards are in dire need of on the court and in the locker room....and practice (cue Allen Iverson soundbite).
At 18, Ford projects one of the biggest sliders in the draft so far this year. Initially projected as a lottery pick and even top 10 in most mock drafts, Burks' stocks have fallen as of late. He's definitely a scorer but is very undersized (less than 200 pounds), considering his height. This will also add a 3rd shooting guard for the Wizards, behind Nick Young and Jordan Crawford, so I'm not sure how that will work out. If the Wizards do go with a big man for their first pick instead of my projection of Kawhi Leonard, then I still like Jordan Hamilton or Chris Singleton as their second pick.
Jordan Williams | C | Maryland
Previously, Ford had Travis Leslie, a shooting guard out of Georgia slated as the second round pick for the Wiz. This pick will most likely depend on what direction the Wizards go in the first round. Needing the presence of a strong big man on offense and defense is inevitable for the Wizards so somewhere along the line they will make that move. Jordan Williams will bring that to the table if anything. Not the most mobile or quickest guy on the court but he's a tough rebounder and has a strong post-presence. Although a bit undersized to play the 5 in the NBA, he could shape into a solid rotation player behind Javale McGee.