There’s been much speculation about what the Washington Wizards may do with the 46th overall pick in just a few days, and even though the second round is pretty unpredictable, this year’s NBA Draft is considered one of the deepest in quite some time and the Wizards will look to find a steal.
They’ve been hosting pre-draft workouts for the past few weeks and there has been some rumblings about what they might opt to do with the pick. Some are reporting that the Wizards are leaning towards taking a big man in order to fill a void that could be left by free agents Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin, Al Harrington and even Chris Singleton, but the Wizards will have a number of options.
According to CSN Washington, the Wizards have brought back LaQuinton Ross and Cory Jefferson for a second workout. Both players are expected to get selected in the second round and could be on the board when it’s Washington’s turn to pick. When asked about the situation, LaQuinton Ross (who played with John Wall at Word of God Christian Academy), stated:
“I don’t think it means anything bad. I definitely think it’s a good sign, especially they call you back twice,” Ross said following the first of Washington’s two workout sessions on Tuesday. “I mean, what other reason would they have for calling you back again?
LaQuinton Ross also said that he’s familiar with the Wizards’ style of play and could potentially add another outside threat for John Wall to work with. Ross averaged over 15 points and nearly 6 rebounds per game at Ohio State while shooting 45% from the field and 35% from three, respectively.
Although Washington is essentially set at the small forward position with Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster and Otto Porter all expected to be back next season, Ross is versatile enough to play different positions. The Wizards have always coveted versatile players and at 6’8, LaQuinton Ross is capable of contributing in many ways on the court.
The NBA Draft is just two days away and the Wizards have completed all pre-draft workouts. Would LaQuinton Ross be a good pick at no.46? Let me know in the comments.