WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Friday on The Mike Wise Show, Chris Broussard of ESPN shared his thoughts on the NBA Draft.
The Washington Wizards selected Florida guard Bradley Beal with the No. 3 pick in the first round Thursday night. As Mike Wise said, the Wizards hoped to acquire the sharpshooter to complement point guard John Wall.
“I think in this Draft that he’s really the guy for them, there’s no question,” Broussard said. “You’ve got Nene and Okafor, and from what I understand, they plan on playing them together – that’s going to clog up your middle. It’s going to be interesting to see how that works. Wall needs penetration lanes, so you don’t want those two clogging up the middle.”
But he said the Wizards needed a shooter, and with Beal’s athleticism, he will be able to stretch the floor, catch and shoot and work well with Wall.
“One good thing I like about the Wizards is they’re bringing in character guys now, they’re getting rid of the knuckleheads,” Broussard said.
The Wizards have indeed looked to bring in “character guys” with their recent agreement with the New Orleans Hornets to acquire center Emeka Okafor and forward Trevor Ariza, and now Beal.
With these new players, Broussard said the Wizards have a good shot at getting into theplayoffs this season.
“The Wizards are going for the playoffs … if they can bring it together, they certainly have the talent to compete for the eighth and final playoff spot, if not a little bit higher,” Broussard said. “We’ll see if they can bring it together.”
Co-host Chris Johnson said he’s still not sure if the Wizards have a chance to compete for the eighth spot as they haven’t improved substantially since last season.
“I think they can compete for it … I probably would say the Wizards will not make it, but they should at least be in the hunt,” Broussard said. “One of the key is for Nene and Okafor to stay healthy … that’s a lot of money wrapped into two guys who are known to have injury problems, especially for Nene.”
Nene suffered a foot injury in April, which left him out of the Wizards lineup for 10 games.
Mike asked Broussard what were his thoughts were on the Wizards selecting guard Tomas Satoransky with their 32nd and final pick.
“I have no thoughts on Tomas,” he said laughingly as he pointed out the first time he heard of Satoransky was during the Draft last night. “That second round was interesting.”
The 6-foot-7 guard from the Czech Republic played the last three seasons with Cajasol Sevilla of the top-level Spanish ACB. Satoransky averaged 4.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, and remains under contract in Europe.