Washington Wizards staff and management held their first pre-draft workout Tuesday at Verizon Center. The workout would allow the team to see and study some players who may be available for the Wizards to select during June’s draft at pick 52 or as undrafted players to join the summer league roster. So who are the 6?
For teams that draft high in the lottery, pre-draft workouts are an exciting time. Fans can speculate on which player will be the next superstar to lead their franchise in its goal of a championship. The players get to prove up close and personal why they should be a high pick, and make millions more dollars in the process.
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For players slotted towards the end of the draft or undrafted, the process is somewhat different. Usually they have more to prove, and are willing to work out for almost any team that is willing to offer.
Additionally, forging strong bonds early in the process can open up the chance of being invited to play on an NBA team’s summer league squad if a player goes undrafted.
This is the positioning many of the players in Tuesday’s workout are in. Washington has the 52nd pick in this year’s draft, and the first workout seems to be guard heavy. Here are the 6 names:
Jamel Artis, Forward, Pittsburgh
James Blackmon Jr., Guard, Indiana
Daniel Dixon, Guard, William and Mary
D.J. Fenner, Guard, Nevada
Monte Morris, Guard, Iowa State
Melo Trimble, Guard, Maryland
We already analyzed the fit of Trimble in Washington, so we’ll focus on the other five.
Updating on the Trimble post, though, he talked with the media post-workout about how it went, and his feelings on working out for his home town team.