The Washington Wizards are up next, and with the 10th pick in the draft, they select Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis.
Is Johnny Davis a point guard, and does he fit seamlessly next to Bradley Beal? No. The Wizards could just as easily select the G League Ignite’s Dyson Daniels or Kentucky’s TyTy Washington with their lottery pick, but it’s going to be very difficult to pass on Davis if he miraculously falls to the double digits on the draft board. At some point very soon, the Wizards will have to go all in to find good pieces to put next to Beal or finally commit to a full rebuild, and I think Davis could be enough to sway the team toward the latter.
Davis was recently announced as the winner of the 2022 Jerry West Award for very good reason. Wisconsin was originally projected to finish 10th in the Big Ten this season, but even despite an underwhelming roster, Davis powered his team to win the Big Ten and had some standout performances against comparably good competition in Purdue and Jaden Ivey along the way. His leadership and composure on their own should be seen as valuable attributes at the next level no matter where he lands.
Though Davis’ appeal goes well beyond intangibles. He has good size for a combo guard standing at 6’5”, arguably has the highest three-level scoring potential in the top 10 perhaps outside of Jaden Ivey and AJ Griffin, and has great functional strength for his size. He led his team in points, rebounds, and steals and was one of the most productive offensive threats in college basketball. If I’m in the Wizards’ front office on draft night and he’s available, it would be foolish to overthink his fit if he’s there for the taking at this spot.