John Wall

Wizards will hold John Wall out of back-to-backs and lower minutes post-injury

He has to stay healthy and he probably has to assume an adjusted role now that Bradley Beal has ascended to stardom with an expanded playmaking skillset.

Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard appears to be thinking directly in those terms, as he explained on Tuesday in a pre-draft meeting with the media.

He's an excellent point guard who is very capable of starting or [playing] spot minutes backing up John," Sheppard said.

For one, a rim protector and wing defender would take some off of his plate on that end of the floor, where he is more likely to struggle given the nature of his injury and the lack of a strong supporting cast.

Getting a shot-blocker like Onyeka Okongwu of USC or Precious Achiuwa of Memphis with their ninth overall draft pick would give the Wizards a better defensive foundation.

They would provide space for Wall to work with off the dribble and make it easier for him to showcase his passing ability.

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