The Washington Wizards are no stranger to selecting players familiar with their program, and after drafting Georgetown’s Otto Porter with the third overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, the Wizards will have a chance to add another familiar face in this year’s draft.
Markel Starks, a former teammate of Porter’s at Georgetown, recently completed a pre-draft workout with the Wizards that he described as “outstanding.” Though the Wizards acquired Andre Miller via trade from the Denver Nuggets this past season, Miller is not getting any younger and his future in the nation’s capital is still somewhat uncertain, even though it looks like he’ll be back in Washington next season. The Wizards could potentially buy out Miller’s contract, making him a free agent, but all signs point to him wearing a Wizards uniform next year.
With that said, the Wizards could still add another backup guard, preferably a young guard, and they’ll have a chance to do that with the 46th overall pick in just a few weeks. Starks, a Maryland native, isn’t projected to be a top pick in this upcoming NBA Draft, but he could add some youth and experience to a team looking to bolster their guard rotation. With Garrett Temple entering unrestricted free agency this summer, the Wizards could look to part ways to add a bit more youth to the point guard position, especially since John Wall will get the majority of the minutes at that spot.
Starks averaged over 17 points and 4 assists with the Georgetown Hoyas last season without Otto Porter, and he certainly seems interested in playing for his hometown team–via CSN Washington.
I want to be here. Hopefully I did just well enough, whether they draft me or not, I felt like I had a very good showing. They need a guard that could make shots. Coming into this, I was excited, very confident, you know this is a homecoming for me. Getting a chance to come back home was obviously an honor. If they want to bring me in, bring me in, if not it’ll all work out.
Washington traded for Glen Rice Jr. in the second round during last year’s NBA Draft, but we didn’t get to see much of Rice on the court and I would expect the same for this year’s draft selection. The Wizards completed a run to the semi-finals in the NBA Playoffs and will probably have much bigger expectations coming into next season than they had the year prior to making the postseason.
Second round draft selections are a bit of a gamble, but it’s still nice to see someone actually want to play for the Wizards, which is a sign that times are indeed changing. Well, of course, except for that Tomas Satoransky guy.
Nevertheless, it wouldn’t surprise me if Starks gets selected by the Wizards, but the team will continue to bring in prospects before the NBA Draft takes place on June 26.