With the 12th overall pick in the Draft, the Washington Wizards select Kentucky’s TyTy Washington.
The Wizards are at a very awkward spot, particularly after trading Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans for Kristaps Porzingis at the trade deadline, but there’s no doubt that they have some interesting, young pieces that could still put together a good season in the near future.
If I’m the Wizards’ GM, I’m still looking for the “best player available” but paying a bit more attention to potential and roster fit than current production or future ceiling compared to other teams.
TyTy Washington has had somewhat of a down season—mostly due to injuries—considering how much attention he received before the regular season. This isn’t exactly anything new for Kentucky combo guards, though, and Washington falling on the draft board anywhere past this point would be a classic case of just that.
Washington has played mostly in an off-ball role at Kentucky with Sahvir Wheeler playing point guard, and while Washington hasn’t been bad in that role, the times he’s been allowed to play point guard have been (for the most part) far more entertaining. For a good understanding of what this could look like at its best, Washington had a 17-point, 17-assist game against Georgia this past January that is well worth a watch.
Washington’s shooting is quite a bit better than the stats indicate, and theoretically, he should be a great fit next to Bradley Beal. I think the Wizards may also consider the G League Ignite’s Dyson Daniels with this pick, but ultimately, I think they’ll be more interested in Washington’s potential as their lead guard of the future.