2. Troy Brown – Washington Wizards
Heading into the draft, John Wall was putting a lot of pressure on the Wizards to get more athletic. Adding Brown to their wing rotation will certainly do that. Unfortunately, his lack of a reliable perimeter jump shot is going to really make it a challenge for him to contribute as a rookie.
Brown shot less than 30 percent from 3-point range last season for Oregon. His jump shot isn’t completely broken, but it’s close. It would be a surprise if he ever develops into anything more than an average 3-point shooter. It may take him several years to progress to that level.
It’s hard to imagine Wall being overly excited about Brown being the team’s first round selection. There were plenty of other guys on the board who could’ve helped the Wizards more from day one without sacrificing much in the way of long-range potential. Brown is going to face an uphill climb to win over the veterans in the Washington locker room.
Taking Brown as a long-term replacement for someone like Kelly Oubre makes a lot of sense for the Wizards front office. That just shouldn’t have been what they were aiming for with the No. 15 overall selection. Brown’s going to enter the NBA behind the eight ball just because he was drafted too high. Ultimately, that could derail his career before it has a chance to truly begin.