For the first time in a very long time, the Washington Wizards will not be preparing to select a player in the first round of the NBA Draft.
The Washington Wizards traded their first round selection along with Emeka Okafor to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Marcin Gortat, who helped them make the second round in the NBA Playoffs. Now, even though picking high in the NBA Draft was exciting, I’m sure many of you (I know I do) enjoy the NBA Playoffs much more.
Even though the Washington Wizards likely won’t be getting a player who will make an impact in the near future in this year’s NBA Draft, they still have a second round draft choice and will be picking 46th overall.
Some teams have already begun pre-draft workouts, but the Wizards have finally scheduled their first session which will take place tomorrow at the Verizon Center.
Here is a list of players that will attend tomorrow’s pre-draft workout for the Washington Wizards, via Monumental Network:
Perhaps the most interesting is Thanasis Antetokounmpo, or the The Greak Freak’s big brother. Like Glen Rice Jr, who the Wizards acquired in the second round in last year’s NBA Draft, Thanasis (there’s no way I’m going to continue writing his last name, by the way) has NBA D-League experience, which could be useful since he wouldn’t be expected to play very often next season.
Thanasis will likely get picked in the second round, but he does have the potential to become a serviceable role player in the NBA. At 6’8″, he possesses the length and athleticism to contribute on both sides of the floor, but he’s still raw and needs to be developed.
Markel Starks is another familiar name who is used to playing at the Verizon Center with Georgetown. The Wizards could use another backup guard and Starks’ familiarity with the team certainly couldn’t hurt.
The Wizards haven’t had much luck in the second round as of late and it wouldn’t surprise me if they try to trade the pick or stash it by drafting a player overseas. Washington is set at the small forward position with Trevor Ariza (free agent), Martell Webster and Otto Porter already expected to get the majority of minutes at the position.
The NBA Draft is about 2 weeks away and the Washington Wizards won’t have much time to prepare. Second round picks are a bit of a gamble, so I guess we’ll just have to see who they decide to pick, or even if they decide to use their selection.