On The Clock: Pick #6 – Washington Wizards

Kawhi LeonardThe Wizards are still working the phones looking to trade up in the draft to grab one of their coveted big men, Enes Kanter or Jan Vesely, and there has been some talk about swapping with the Jazz. If the Wizards keep number six, they will select San Diego State Forward Kawhi Leonard.

The Wizards are looking to improve their frontcourt and they need a high-motor player that can run the floor with 2010 number one draft pick John Wall.

While Texas’ Tristan Thompson and Euro big man Jonas Valanciunas are intriguing options, Leonard seems to be a perfect fit for the Wizards. He would fit right in with a Wizards frontcourt featuring JaVale McGee and Rashard Lewis or McGee and Andray Blatche.

The Wizards could use some rebounding help and the 6-7 Leonard averaged a very impressive 10.6 per game last season with San Diego State, a rarity for a small forward. His athleticism would make him an ideal target for Wall on fast breaks and in transition.

While Leonard has a long way to go on the offensive end, his 7-3 wingspan and athleticism could make him a very good defender in the league. If the Wizards decided to commit to defense, they’d have a nice set of perimeter defenders in Leonard and Howard.

With one frontcourt player added at number six, the Wizards could then focus on a power forward or center with their 18th pick.

Now on the clock are the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick.

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.