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Who should the Wizards take No. 1 overall in our NBA Mock Draft 3.0?

Can Anthony Edwards be the long-term backcourt partner Bradley Beal needs in Washington?

Anthony Edwards of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on during a game against the Auburn Tigers at Stegeman Coliseum on February 19, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

We’ve already completed a mock draft as if the team with the worst record in the NBA automatically receives the No. 1 pick. We followed up by randomly generating the draft order on Tankathon’s draft simulator last Wednesday and have done the same this week. Our mock draft 3.0 is ready, and LaMelo Ball isn’t expected to go first overall in this one.

The Washington Wizards received the No. 1 pick this time around, and we mocked them selecting Anthony Edwards out of Georgia. Although Bradley Beal has had to carry the team in the absence of John Wall, Washington needs a long-term back court parter for Beal who be a valuable contributor on both ends of the court. Edwards’ athleticism, strength, and physicality could make him an asset from the start. While he might not have the playmaking abilities of Ball, he has more potential as a scorer. Here’s how the rest of the picks shook out.

Note: In the lottery, the Wizards jumped up eight spots from their original lottery odds. That movement is reflected below.

1. Washington Wizards (Up 8): Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia

2. Cleveland Cavaliers: James Wiseman, C, Memphis

3. Atlanta Hawks (Up 1): LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawara, Hawks

4. Minnesota Timberwolves (Down 1): Obi Toppin, PF, Dayton

5. Golden State Warriors (Down 4): Onyeka Okongwu, C, USC

6. Detroit Pistons (Down 1): Deni Avdija, SF, Maccabi Tel Aviv

7. New York Knicks (Down 1): Cole Anthony. PG/SG USC

8. Chicago Bulls (Down 1): Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn

9. Charlotte Hornets (Down 1): Aaron Nesmith, SF, Vanderbilt

10. Phoenix Suns: Killian Hayes, PG, ratiopharm Ulm

11. San Antonio Spurs: Tyrese Maxey, PG/SG, Kentucky

12. Sacramento Kings: Devin Vassell, SG/SG, FSU

13. New Orleans Pelicans: Patrick Williams, SF/PF, FSU

14. Portland Blazers: Josh Green, SG, Arizona

15. Orlando Magic: Jaden McDaniels, SF/PF, Washington

16. Minnesota Timberwolves (via BKN): Leandro Bolmaro, SG, FC Barcelona

17. Boston Celtics (via MEM): Tyrese Haliburton, PG, Iowa State

18. Dallas Mavericks: Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona

19. Milwaukee Bucks (via IND): RJ Hampton, PG/SG, New Zealand Breakers

20. Brooklyn Nets (via PHI): Theo Maldeon, PG, PG, ASVEL Basket

21. Denver Nuggets (via HOU): Precious Achiuwa, PF, Memphis

22. Philadelphia 76ers (via OKC): Kira Lewis, PG, Alabama

23. Miami Heat: Isaiah Stewart, PF/C, Washington

24. Utah Jazz: Saddiq Bey, SF, Villanova

25. Oklahoma City Thunder (via DEN): Robert Woodard II, SF, Mississippi State

26. Boston Celtics: Tyrell Terry, PG, Stanford

27. New York Knicks (via LAC): Jalen Smith, PF, Maryland

28. Toronto Raptors: Vernon Carey Jr., PF/C, Duke

29. Los Angeles Lakers: Tre Jones, PG, Duke

30. Boston Celtics (via MIL): Aleksej Pokuševski, C, Olympiacos B