The Washington Wizards opted to trade the 46th overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers after all three of their targets came off the board before it was their turn to pick a prospect. With that said, there were a number of prospects that went undrafted after being expected to get selected in the mid-late second round.
Two of those prospects, guard Deonte Burton and big man Khem Birch, have agreed to play for the Washington Wizards during the NBA Summer League which starts in a couple of weeks.
Point guard Deonte Burton will play for the Wizards' summer league team. He worked out for Wizards, who ended up with no picks in the draft.
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Even though the Washington Wizards will likely fill out the rest of their roster with veteran free agents, both plays will have a legitimate chance to make the team.
Deonte Burton averaged over 20 points per game at Nevada and could potentially fill the role of a scoring guard off the bench. Andre Miller has been informed that his option will get picked up by the Wizards, but Burton would likely be used as a “spark plug” off the bench. According to DraftExpress, Burton made 55% of his two point shots which would make him a good fit in Randy Wittman‘s system, but his shot selection leaves a lot to be desired.
Khem Birch, a two time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, averaged over 10 points, 11 rebounds and nearly 4 blocks per game during the 2013-2014 NCAA season. Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin, Drew Gooden, Al Harrington and Chris Singleton will all become free agents, and depending on how he plays during the NBA Summer League, Birch could become a replacement for one of Washington’s backup big men. He’s described as an elite defensive big man who lacks any real offensive game “outside of dunks” and putbacks. The Wizards have been a top-10 defensive team ever since Randy Wittman took over and Birch could find himself on the roster if he blocks shots and rebounds well during summer league.
The Washington Wizards will continue to add more players to the summer league roster over the next few days, but look out for Burton and Birch to have a real impact. Although neither of them are guaranteed contracts for the regular season, both Burton and Birch fill a need for the Wizards and obviously believe they have a shot at making the actual roster.