The Washington Wizards have already started to prepare for the NBA Draft, which takes place on June 27th in New York, but they still haven’t had any highly touted prospects participate in individual workouts. The Wizards have hosted several second round prospects in the past week or so at the Verizon Center, but they’ll finally begin to get a glimpse at talent projected to go high in the draft, during next weeks pre-draft workouts.
According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the Wizards will finally host Otto Porter Jr. out of Georgetown on June 14th at the Verizon Center. Porter is the consensus pick amongst Wizards fans, since he’s projected to go in the top 5 and will likely fill a positional need for the Wizards. Otto Porter’s familiarity with the Wizards organization obviously doesn’t hurt, since he’s used to playing and practicing in Washington D.C. Porter seemed pretty excited about the possibility of staying in the nation’s capital and suiting up for the Wizards next season, stating
To play with John Wall and Brad Beal. It’s close to home, it’s DC. The fan base is there already, not that far at Georgetown and that connection is there with the Wizards…To play where I played at, being at Georgetown at the Washington Wizards facility, I kind of have an advantage.
UNLV’s Anthony Bennett will also be meeting with the Washington Wizards next week, but won’t be able to participate in workouts due to a significant shoulder injury. Bennett’s stock isn’t expected to drop during this upcoming draft, since he’s regarded as the most versatile offensive prospect available. His ability to stretch the floor and play in the post has catapulted him amongst some of the top prospects, which is the primary reason the Wizards are “split between” Otto Porter and Anthony Bennett.
Pre-draft workouts have altered the NBA Draft in the past, and I don’t expect that to change this year. Otto Porter will be able to showcase his talent during the workout, which will probably only increase his draft stock, while Anthony Bennett is only able to participate in team interviews.
It’ll be very surprising if the Wizards opt to select anyone other than Otto Porter and Anthony Bennett. Has your opinion changed at all on the two forwards, during this draft process? Who do you want the Wizards to select third overall? Let me know in the comments section.