On Wednesday, the Oklahoma City Thunder selected Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston No. 53 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft. He is expected to be traded to the Washington Wizards for Vit Krejci, the No. 37 pick in the draft. The Thunder are also expected to trade a future second round pick to the Wizards in the deal, according to David Aldridge of The Athletic.
Wizards will also get a future second from OKC for 37 this year: https://t.co/9EUUaQX8KS— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) November 19, 2020
Winston averaged 18.6 points and 5.9 assists per game for the Spartans in the 2019-20 season and was part of their Final Four team in 2018-19. He is the Big Ten’s career assists leader.
Given that the Wizards drafted Winston, it appears that they are ready to move on from Ish Smith and Shabazz Napier, who played the bulk of the minutes at the point guard position in the latter half of the 2019-20 NBA season.
And since it appears that they want to keep John Wall for at least one more season, it’s not like Winston will threaten his spot on the depth chart. Still, Winston could be a solid backup point guard and he’s been a consistent three point shooter throughout his college career (43 percent and nearly two made threes per game).
Welcome to D.C., Cassius!