After previously trading their 22nd overall pick at the deadline for forward Bojan Bogdanovic, the Washington Wizards were left with just the 52nd overall pick. They held multiple draft workouts in the past few weeks. These workouts were headlined by the likes of Kansas guard Frank Mason III, Maryland guard Melo Trimble, and Central Michigan guard Marcus Keene.
The speculation was that the Wizards were going to select a point guard in tomorrow night’s draft to backup All-Star point guard John Wall. This came to a halt a few moments ago when it was reported that the Washington Wizards were sending the 52nd pick in the draft to the New Orleans Pelicans in return for guard Tim Frazier.
Frazier, who graduated from Penn State in 2014, played solid minutes while starter Jrue Holiday was out tending to his wife’s cancer treatment. Even when Holiday came back, Frazier still contributed. Frazier averaged 7.1 ppg, 5.2 apg, 2.7 rpg, 1.6 turnovers, and 40.3% shooting from the field. He fits the bill as a Wizard’s guard. He plays really well in the pick-and-roll game, which the Wizards like to play. His tenacious hustle throughout the entire game can’t be taught and he runs his offense well. Frazier should be a very strong backup to Wall and give him the rest that he needs.
Frazier makes just 2 million dollars next year, which will be very cheap in today’s NBA, where the salary cap is sky rocketing each and every year.
The trade for Frazier will almost undoubtedly end guards Brandon Jennings and Trey Burke short tenures in Washington because of their lack of production.
Tim Frazier is the next guard to be brought in and experimented on for the backup point guard position. After his impressive 2016-2017 campaign, he looks like the guy to finally be the productive backup to Wall that Wizard fans have been looking for all long. If he can do what he did in New Orleans, he is a steal for the 52nd overall pick in the draft.