Draft Rumors: Wizards, Hyland, Kuminga, Butler, Springer

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The Wizards hold the No. 15 pick in this year’s draft. That isn’t a bad spot to be in, as there should be plenty of talent leftover at the end of the lottery. To that point, VCU’s Nah’Shon Hyland is starting to generate some buzz.

Hyland would “greatly stretch the floor and be the biggest deep-ball threat on the roster aside from Davis Bertans,” Tyler Byrum of NBC Sports writes. Byrum adds that 15 may be a bit too rich of a spot to take Hyland, as most projections have him going in the back third of the first round.

Despite weighing just 169 pounds, Hyland has a bright future ahead of him. He averaged 19.5 points per game last season on 37.1% shooting from deep. When factoring in his three-point volume (7.8 attempts per game) and range, it’s easy to see a 3-and-D role for him soon. He has more to his game, though.

Hyland’s limitless range combines with his ability to create his own looks and be an isolation option if developed correctly. He also boasts possible secondary playmaking potential and is a better passer than his 2.1 assists per game average depicts. There’s a lot of projection to him but even if he doesn’t become a starting-caliber player, he’d be a great floor-spacer for the Wizards immediately.

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