Just one day before the draft, debate rages on regarding what the Wizards should do with the No. 3 overall pick. How can Washington best use what might be its final lottery selection for the next few years? Satchel Price and Thomas Pruitt argue two possible scenarios that could ultimately benefit the team.
It sounds crazy, but bear with me. The Wizards already have Bradley Beal, a guy who's scouting report is basically the same as McLemore's. While BMac (is anyone calling him that?) would fit perfectly with John Wall and could only play spot minutes next to Beal, so there's really not a place for him in the Wizards' rotation. That said, he could become a valuable enough asset that, for the long-term health of the franchise, he could work.
With all of that said, drafting someone essentially as an asset to be used in future trades leaves me uncomfortable, for two reasons.
And that ultimately gets to my central point: drafting Oladipo or McLemore in order to land a talented forward seems to ignore the option of simply drafting a talented forward right now. Get the guy in the organization as fast as possible, let him build some camaraderie with Wall and Beal. You would have to be convinced that the guards in this draft are utterly superior to the big guys, and I'm just not.
"That's the thing, though - while Porter and Bennett have their upside, they're both far from sure things as pros. Oladipo and McLemore, while far from sure things per se, look like they'll be better NBA players than Porter and Bennett."