This year’s NBA Draft is considered to be one of the deepest drafts in quite some time, which will give some options to teams that don’t even possess a first round pick.
The Washington Wizards, who traded their first round pick in exchange for Marcin Gortat prior to the beginning of the 2013-2014 NBA season, will have plenty of options with the 46th overall pick. The Wizards can either take the best player available, draft a player that could fill a need or stash the pick by picking an international player.
According to J.Michael of CSN Washington, the Wizards will look to address their need for front court depth by selecting a big man.
Thursday, the Wizards likely will take the best player available because finding an NBA-ready player this deep in a draft can be rare. Based on what CSN Washington has learned since the beginning of this process, they’re still leaning towards taking size.
Marcin Gortat, Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin, Al Harrington and Drew Gooden will all become free agents for the Washington Wizards this summer, so it’s no surprise that the team will probably draft a big man in a couple of days. Although the team did experience success in the NBA Playoffs, it’s virtually impossible to bring back the same group of players from the year before and I’d expect a few of their free agents to walk during free agency.
The report also suggests that one of the Washington Wizards’ coaches were floored by “Iowa shooting guard Devyn Marble”, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they opt to take the player they were most impressed with during pre-draft workouts. Marble averaged 17 points and over 3 rebounds, 3 assists at Iowa. After all, the Wizards won’t expect their second round pick to contribute much next season and they will have multiple options with the pick.
As for the big men, the Wizards have worked out quite a few power forwards/centers that are expected to get selected in the second round of the NBA Draft. The list includes: Jerrelle Benimon, Sim Bhullar, Khem Birch, Alec Brown, Sam Dower, Alex Kirk and many more unknown prospects.
We’re just three days away from the NBA Draft and it looks like the Wizards are beginning to get an idea about who they may select in the second round. Even though most second round prospects don’t pan out, it is a deep draft and the Wizards could potentially find a steal.