NBA draft decision: Should the Wizards take Jeremy Sokhan or Tarry Eason?

With the 10th overall pick in the upcoming 2022 NBA Draft, the Wizards may have to make a tough choice between two players at the same position. We’ll discuss these decisions in a series of articles, continuing with two shooting guards who may be on the board at age 10: Baylor’s Jeremy Sokan and LSU’s Tarry Eason.

The case of Jeremy Sokhan

The Wizards can take advantage of defense and athleticism, two of Sokan’s biggest selling points. He’s only 19 years old and possesses raw offensive skills, but his mobility at 6-foot-9 suggests that he has a high ceiling at the NBA level if he develops properly. Sochan is fast, agile, strong, and can jump high balls in the air.

Probably the best way for Sochan to get minutes early in his career is as a rebounder and defensive specialist. In that role, he was the BIG 12 Sixth Man of the Year. He averaged 9.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 25.1 minutes per game. If the Wizards draft him, that’s going to be a long-term issue, as he could be out looking at a crowded forward duo.

In the long run, though, the Wizards could pay off. Maybe Sochan starts after Rui Hachimura, Deni Avdija and Kyle Kuzma and isn’t in their rotation. But he’s so young and so athletic, he’ll be worth the wait in a few years. His ability to reach his potential will depend on the consistency of the defense and his ability to significantly improve his perimeter shooting, as he shot just 29.6 percent from 3-point range last season and is also a poor free-throw shooter (58.9 percent). . An ideal situation for Sochan might involve some patience and maybe a point guard who can run the floor and let him shoot easily.

The case of Tarry Eason

Like Sokan, Eason Chan gets most of the credit on the defensive end. He was a backup center at LSU last season, but showed versatility, momentum, and he had measurable metrics for an ideal wing defender. At 6-foot-8 with a 7-foot-2 wingspan, Eason recorded the biggest hand in the draft. He shares a lot with Kawhi Leonard in that regard, though it’s hard to predict whether he’ll fill in like Leonard.

Eason was productive last year at LSU. He’s scoring (16.9 points) with solid efficiency (52.1 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from 3-point range, 80.3 percent from the free-throw line), rebounds (6.6 rpg) and plenty of turnovers (1.9 assists, 1.1 rpg). He’s a pretty average perimeter shooter, but he’s hitting the free-throw line with a high percentage of his shots. Offensively, Eason is most prominent at the rim, and his touch is excellent, even when he gets bumped by defenders. On the defensive end, he’s aggressive and physical, two traits the Wizards could use more of.

Eason, 21, is two years older than Sochan, but he’s also a bit of a late bloomer, having had a breakout season at LSU after moving from Cincinnati to LSU. Eason Chan is also a more polished and well-rounded player at this stage of development. Because of this, you could say his bottom line is higher than Sochan’s, and he’s more likely to contribute right away. The question is how does his cap compare, because that’s very important when you’re picking the top 10 players. A lot depends on his defensive ability in the NBA and his ability to handle the ball and the perimeter. Shooting continues to improve.

Best for Wizards: Tarry Eason

While Sochan’s long-term potential is intriguing, the Wizards appear to have a safer bet on Eason, who also offers plenty of upside over the next few years. Ethan was a two-way player in college, and the Wizards need more of them. Also, adding an average shooter like Eason is easier to justify than a below-average shooter like Sochan, given that the Wizards ranked last in the NBA in 3-point percentage last season.

Now, Eason will have some overlap with players on the Wizards roster. He’s essentially a 3/4 combo, and they have a lot of that. But he’s the kind of stubborn defender that the Wizards don’t have enough teams to have too many. As long as Eason’s shooting is close to league average, he can fit into a lot of the Wizards’ lineups.

In the short term, Eason Chan may affect the offense during the transition period. In the long run, hopefully his flashes off the dribble as a creator become a more reliable part of his game. Either way, Eason makes sense for the Wizards now and in the future.

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