NBA Draft: Wizards wishing for a Beal backup?

NBA Draft: Wizards wishing for a Beal backup?
May 29, 2014, 3:00 pm
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The Wizards have yet to start bringing in prospects for workouts ahead of the June 26 draft. That will change soon enough as Washington attempts to gather data in preparation for its second round selection. While the presence or absence of any player often has little to no bearing on what the Wizards will do in the draft, there are names to keep an eye on as the workouts begin.

We started with the point guards and now, the wing guards. For the most part we'll only focus on potential second round options: The Wizards are obviously set with Bradley Beal, but there was no true backup this past season. Martell Webster can help in spots and Glen Rice Jr. has potential, but Washington will need more offensive production from their backcourt reserves next season.

Jabari Brown, 6-foot-4, Missouri, junior: Averaged 19.9 points and shot 41 percent from beyond the 3-point arc last season with the Tigers. This from, which ranks Brown 46th overall in the 2014 Draft. “When we looked back at Brown's sophomore season with the Tigers, where he entered as a mid-season transfer from Oregon, he was little more than a spot-up shooter. He took on an expanded offensive role this season, increasing his usage rate from 20.6% to 26%, while simultaneously increasing his true shooting percentage from 58% to 63% which rates fifth among shooting guards in our top 100 prospect rankings.” Brown might be a tad infatuated with his own offense as he averaged just 1.9 assists per game.

Devyn Marble, 6-foot-6, Iowa, senior: His 34.9 percent 3-point shooter percentage won’t wow anyone, but it’s a leap from the 26.8 percent he shot as a freshman. That rise symbolizes Marble’s improvement over four seasons at Iowa. Averaged 17.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals last season.

Nick Johnson, 6-foot-3, Arizona, junior: Led the Wildcats to the No. 1 seed in the West Regional and in scoring with 16.3 points per game. One of those player when another two inches makes a first-round lock. Johnson gets by with tremendous athleticism and strong will. Took on major leadership and offensive load for Arizona last season.

Lamar Patterson, 6-foot-6, Pittsburgh, senior: If the Wizards decide they want a physical presence in the backcourt, look no further. This one also can serve as an offensive facilitator and knock down 3’s (39 percent last season). Limited athleticism holds Patterson back, at least as a draft prospect.

Bryce Cotton, 6-foot-0, Providence, senior: Probably the single best scoring performance I saw live last season took place at the Verizon Center and it wasn’t via one of the Hoyas. Cotton, who scored 31 against Georgetown, has range for days and added a slithery driving component. Averaged 21.8 points, 5.9 assists and a staggering 39.9 minutes. The issue, that size or lack thereof, which I why Cotton must show he can handle the point so a team will keep him around to shoot.

[RELATED: Wizards NBA Draft radar: Point guard possibilities]