The ESPN TrueHoop Network NBA Mock Draft 2011 continues…
Find the recap of picks as they happen on the post that announced the Wizards’ sixth pick, Enes Kanter. And now, with the 18th pick in the first round, Washington selects…
When a team has lost 110 more games than they have won over the past three seasons, saying there are holes to fill is an understatement. Drafting Kanter with the 6th pick as earlier projected in this mock draft fills the void of a bruising big man with low post scoring moves.
Another major area of need is the three position. Trevor Booker is more of a combo 3/4 man and his jump shot would have to vastly improve in order to play heavy minutes at the three (along with his lateral defensive movement). Nick Young has the ability to play the three, but his more natural position is at the two. It’s easier to ask Nick to defend shooting guards. Rashard Lewis is another three candidate, but his age and faulty knees create doubt whether he can realistically hold up for 82 games ever again. It will be interesting to see if signs point to the Wizards bank-rolling the most expensive reserve in the NBA next season.
With this in mind, and other small forward possibilities off the board, TAI selects:
Jordan Hamilton, 6″8″ sophomore from the University of Texas.
The 20-year old Los Angeles native struggled his freshman year in Austin, but blossomed his second season, averaging 18.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. He led the 28-8 Longhorns in scoring, finished second in rebounds to likely lottery pick teammate, power forward Tristan Thompson (by only six total boards over 36 games played each), and shot 38.5-percent from three (90-234) and 44-percent from the field overall. Hamilton made 77.9-percent of his free-throw attempts.
His Chicago draft measurements: 6′ 6.75″ without shoes, 6′ 8.5″ with, a 228lb body weight, 6′ 9.5″ wingspan, 9.8-percent body fat, and 32-inch vertical.
Hamilton played two seasons for powerhouse Dominguez High School in Compton, CA, which is the alma mater of NBA players Tyson Chandler and Tayshaun Prince. He was ruled ineligible to play basketball his senior season since he had repeated 9th grade at another school. Hamilton’s Coach at Dominguez, Russell Otis, was arrested for child molestation and ripping off Nike in 2009. Otis was sentenced to 60 days in jail for the crimes.
Although he often played shooting guard in college, most scouts believe Hamilton’s natural pro position will be at small forward. Hamilton displays a quick release, possesses extreme confidence in his shot and has legit NBA three-point range. Areas of his game that need improvement are shot selection, ball handling, and defensive quickness.
The Wizards worked Hamilton out for the second time on Tuesday after he admitted to performing poorly for the team on June 6th due to not waking up in time to eat breakfast, and battled dizziness throughout the drills. Preliminary reports from today’s workout via Washington Examiner’s Craig Stouffer had Hamilton awake and shooting at 6am to better prepare himself.
Hamilton’s selection at 18 would give Wizards a versatile young wing with the length to help on the boards (if he increases his desire) along with the ability to knock down outside shots from John Wall’s dimes. The prospect that ESPN.com’s Chad Ford ranks 15th overall is a no-brainer at 18.