With the NBA Draft just weeks away, the Washington Wizards have started to organize pre-draft workouts, which features players projected to go in the second round. The top draft prospects haven’t begun working out for the Wizards, so our focus has turned to some of the lesser known talent.
Peyton Siva, who led the Louisville Cardinals to the National Championship this past season, was said to have impressed the Wizards during his pre-draft workout, which took place yesterday at the Verizon Center. Washington will look to acquire a backup point guard this off-season, since A.J. Price is a free agent.
Siva averaged 10 points and nearly 6 assists per game last season, but his impact as a leader and floor general is what’s causing his draft stock to grow. Washington will undoubtedly try and continue to grow their great defense by adding more perimeter defenders, and Siva would likely help them in that category. Siva’s quickness and tenacity defensively would help the Wizards defend smaller guards, which is something Washington had trouble doing in the past.
I think being a playmaker and getting everyone involved would be my strongest asset..Making sure people are in the right spot, getting people open shots, because in the NBA that’s what they get paid to do.
Peyton Siva also stated that he’s pretty familiar with some Seattle based NBA players, noting Washington’s Martell Webster, who is also a free agent this off-season.
I think it’s great that the Wizards may try to acquire a backup point guard through the draft, but they have tried that tactic in the past. Shelvin Mack, who had a similar career as Siva in college, was supposed to become Washington’s backup point guard of the future, but they ultimately decided to cut ties.
Washington has two second round picks in this upcoming draft, but Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Randy Wittman have expressed disinterest in using both picks.
Siva is currently projected to go in the second round on June 27th.