By Jerry Wein
The Wizards wound up with the eighth pick in the NBA draft lottery, which, entering the lottery, was their most likely outcome at 32.9 percent.
“A little disappointing,” coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “But the one bright spot is we didn’t move back. (We) fell essentially where we were slotted. So, we take some degree of solace from that. But ideally, we’d want to come away by moving up at least a tad, if not (to) No. 1.”
Those who have criticized the Wizards’ roster-building approach for the last several years no doubt will consider Tuesday night’s outcome as yet more proof that building around Bradley Beal will leave the franchise mired in mediocrity — not good enough to contend for a conference title, not bad enough without lottery luck to win an early lottery pick.
“I can’t really talk in-depth about individuals, but I think there is some talent (in this draft),” Unseld said. “There’s some positional size. There’s some versatility, some wing depth. So, there certainly is going to be a good player there.”
Asked what type of player the Wizards need, Unseld said the team would benefit from drafting a player with size, athleticism, the ability to create his own shot, the ability to create shots for others and can defend multiple positions.