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The dude from the Athletic has us taking this guy in his mock: https://theathletic.com/2000546/2020/08/20/vecenie-2020-nba-mock-draft-7-0-minnesota-wins-lottery-draft-order-set

 

9. Washington Wizards

Onyeka Okongwu | 6-9 center | 19 years old, freshman | USC

Okongwu is an absolutely terrific defender at the center position who would fit really well within any defensive scheme. His rim protection is extremely high level despite his relative lack of size for the center position due to his vertical pop. But he can also play in a switching scheme, or one that involves more of a shell coverage, or flat coverage out on ball-screens. He’s very mobile and versatile. He’s a smart player offensively. He can rim run, and he’s unselfish with some ability to short roll into the midrange, or to play in the dunker spot. Okongwu was also extremely productive this year, averaging over 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks while shooting over 60 percent from the field. The only true hole here is in regard to his jumper. He’s not really a shooter right now, which is something that would really help his game, given that I don’t think he’s a particularly instinctive passer or playmaker with ball in hand. Really, he’s just an exceptional play finisher around the rim right now with terrific defensive upside.

Okongwu could also be the perfect center pairing to mix with Thomas Bryant and Moe Wagner inside. Both of those guys are offense-first floor-spacers, whereas Okongwu is a power defense-first guy. Defensively, he can slide his feet on the perimeter, and his presence would really be helpful to John Wall as a rim-running threat that neither Bryant nor Wagner provide. He’s also the kind of high-character player that Tommy Sheppard has tried to look for since taking over, while also giving them a bit of an edge due to his motor and aggressiveness. This would be a major win for the Wizards.

 

Sign me up for that.

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8 minutes ago, Destino said:

6-9 center that can’t pass, shoot, or dribble?  Just how bad is this draft class?

 

Defensive specialist and rim runner.  Sounds like a Montrezl Harrell type of sparkplug, but bigger and longer.  Robert Williams but perhaps not a knucklehead.  These guys can be very valuable as defensive anchors and tone setters.  We desperately need to improve our defense and that won't happen without getting some foundation players.

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21 minutes ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

 

Defensive specialist and rim runner.  Sounds like a Montrezl Harrell type of sparkplug, but bigger and longer.  Robert Williams but perhaps not a knucklehead.  These guys can be very valuable as defensive anchors and tone setters.  We desperately need to improve our defense and that won't happen without getting some foundation players.

You’re right, the need exists, but I just hate to spend a 9th overall pick for an energy big.  Especially if he can’t pass very well, which is the saving grace of bigs that can’t dribble or shoot.  In the modern nba that puts his upside at bench player.  
 

 

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1 hour ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

He looks pretty awesome in this video.  Shot looks pure and he's got some bounce as a finisher.  Looks like an NBA player to me.

 

I didnt see any defensive highlights in that clip and scouting report says he's weak on defense.

 

This pretty much guarantees he'll be a Wizard, put money on it.  First to 100 wins, bring it.

15 minutes ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

Harrell is a 6moy finalist on a contender.  That's worthy value for a late lotto pick.

 

I still have to get used to top 10 picks still being valuable as bench players, it's possible, but I want no part of it when they start holding teams hostage for max. *cough Otto Porter

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I enjoy rooting for Wall and watching him play, but gang affiliation is disappointing.  How could it not be?  Human trafficking, drug trafficking, murder, and massive amounts of crime in general.  There’s nothing ok about being associated with that garbage.  It undercuts all the good he tries to do.  

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