2012 NBA Mock Draft: Bradley Beal Likely To The Wizards After Trade

The Washington Wizards have a few players they can pick up in the top of the 2012 NBA Draft, but with the recent roster moves the team has made some expects think the Wizards have a specific player in mind. ESPN's Chad Ford has the Wizards drafting Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal in his latest 2012 NBA mock draft (ESPN Insider).

The Wizards made the first big trade of the offseason, sending Rashard Lewis and the 46th pick to New Orleans for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza. With the deal, the Wizards essentially upgraded their front court -- Okafor will likely be their starting 5, Nene their starting 4 and Ariza their starting 3.

With John Wall running the point, that leaves them with one big hole at the 2. I think this makes Bradley Beal a no-brainer for the Wizards, who are lacking a lights-out perimeter shooter. He's a perfect fit for this new roster.

The Wizards recently picked up Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor from the New Orleans Hornets in return for Rashard Lewis and the No. 46 overall pick in the second-round of the 2012 NBA draft. Picking up Okafor and Ariza gives the Wizards the chance to target a player like Beal to play as the other starting guard, who Ford thinks would fit in perfectly on the new-look Wizards.

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