The Washington Wizards will not be selecting in the first round of the NBA Draft in just a couple of weeks, but they will have the opportunity to add another player with a second round selection in a very deep draft.
It’s no secret that the Wizards haven’t had much luck in the second round, but now that their core group of players is expected to be back after an unexpected playoff run, Washington will not have to rely on their late selection for production. The Wizards will likely have the chance to add a player who isn’t expected to play much in his rookie season, allowing him to develop under the tutelage of NBA veterans such as Nene, Martell Webster, Andre Miller and even John Wall.
NBA hopeful and former Georgetown Hoya, Markel Starks, has already voiced his interest in suiting up for the Wizards next season, noting their need for guard play off the bench. Though Starks may fit a need, the Wizards could potentially opt to draft a player with a bit more upside, such as New Mexico State’s Sim Bhullar. Basically, the Wizards will have a lot of options with the 46th overall pick, if they choose to use the pick and fill a roster spot next season.
Washington has already invited of plenty of unknown prospects that are hoping to leave an impression worthy of getting selected on June 26th.
Working out for Wizards Tuesday includes Semoj Christian (Xavier), Khem Birch (UNLV), Nick Johnson (Arizona), Deonte Burton (Marquette).
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) June 16, 2014
The Washington Wizards are basically set at the small forward position with Trevor Ariza expected to be back, along with Martell Webster and Otto Porter, who’ll likely play a much bigger role than he did this past season. Andre Miller isn’t getting any younger and with the lack of consistency from their backup big men, the Wizards could potentially add another guard or big man with the 46th overall pick.
The NBA Draft is just over a week away and the Washington Wizards have gotten a good look at a large number of prospects that are expected to be available when it’s their time to choose. Most of these prospects that are attending Washington’s workouts are either unknown or have completed all four years of college eligibility, which could lower draft stock. The Wizards haven’t had a good track record with second round picks, but this year’s NBA Draft is considered to be the deepest in quite some time, so they will have options.