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NBA Mock Draft: Washington Wizards Select Brandon Clarke from Gonzaga

SB Nation’s NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making their team’s pick. With the 9th pick, the Wizards select Brandon Clarke

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #9 - Brandon Clarke, Forward

SB Nation’s Washington Wizards blog Bullets Forever explains the pick:

The Wizards finished with the worst overall defensive rating of any team that went into the season with playoff aspirations, and it’s clear to see why: Washington doesn’t have anyone on the roster who stands out as a defender, outside of (maybe) Trevor Ariza. This year’s roster lacked defensive upside, athleticism, and versatility. Brandon Clarke helps the Wizards address all three issues immediately. Although he may not ever develop into a reliable scorer, he’s provides enough value as a screener, passer, finisher inside that he shouldn’t be a complete liability on that end, even if shot fails to develop.