The NBA Finals will end sometime this week, either with Golden State winning Game 6 on Thursday night or someone taking it home in a deciding Game 7 on Sunday. After that, it’s on to the Draft on June 23, where the Wizards hold the No. 10 pick (and their breath on Bradley Beal’s opt-out).
Who might the Wiz be looking at the lower end of the lottery? Will they be picking in an era of the Warriors’ fourth championship in eight years, or a Celtics comeback for their first since ’08?
Former Loyola head coach, NBC Sports Wizards analyst, and friend of the program Jimmy Patsos joined B-Mitch & Finlay Tuesday to discuss both topics, and when it comes to the latter, well, Patsos has a pretty clear top choice.
“I want the Wizards to take Dyson Daniels, the 6-foot-7 Australian guy, he’s like Josh Guiney was last year for Oklahoma City,” Patsos said. “Either the Wiz or the Knicks are going to take him! They need a point guard, but they’re going to get a point guard in free agency or making a trade. There’s no one who can help you right now, although Daniels can play the point.”
Patsos had a list of players he’d love to see in DC, but right now, he thinks the Wiz are hamstrung by the draft order – although that could work to their advantage?
“This is the problem with picking No. 10 – they’re going to have to move up or down,” Patsos said. “Right now, five teams have three or more picks and five teams have none, and that’s going to work itself out. Maybe they say, like, we’ll take two later picks for No. 10 and roll the dice.”
Patsos mentioned the Wizards’ first-rounders since he joined the broadcast team, which have all been at either No. 9 or No. 15, but when it comes to maybe moving down, the NBA Finals are a perfect example of where gems can be found late.
“Jordan Poole was the No. 28 pick, and Draymond Green was the first pick of the second round,” Patsos recalled. “There’s ways to figure it out. They do need a point guard, but that’s going to have to come from free agency or a big trade to get a veteran.”
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