We're just one day away from the 2014 NBA Draft and while the buzz around DC isn't quite the same without a lottery pick this year, there will still be an opportunity for the Wizards to add a player who could make an impact at some point down the line.
The Wizards, bearing a trade, won't pick until #46 in Thursday's draft, but with this being labeled one of the deeper drafts in recent history, it could allow the Wiz to snag a real talent in the middle of the second round.
Who will that player be? Well, at the bottom of this page you'll find a list of all the prospects who came through Verizon Center this month for a workout. Does that mean that the Wizards will select one from this list? No. But, they very well could.
In 2011, they invited Shelvin Mack for a workout before they selected him with the 34th pick in the second round. Then in 2012, they worked out Tomas Satoransky before selecting him with the 32nd pick in the second round of the 2012 draft. Last year, they traded their two second round picks to move up in the second round for Glen Rice, who did not workout for the team during the pre-draft workout period. So, while there may be a good chance the next Wizard will be a name from this list, there's also a very realistic possibility that it's someone else.
The team could go the Euro route, and draft the rights to a European player who may not play in the NBA for another few years.
But, now that they are a playoff team and in a more 'win now' mode than rebuild mode, they may opt to try and add a piece who will compete to be a rotation player in the next year or two.
They also have a load of free agents this off-season, which means there could be roster spots open for a potential second round pick tomorrow.
The Wizards could also make a move to trade up in the draft if there is a certain player they target who may not fall to them at #46.
A lot of options and a lot of scenarios, but around 11pm Thursday night we'll find out what they choose to do this year.
The Wizards don't have a first round pick after they traded it (lottery protected) back in October to Phoenix to acquire Marcin Gortat, who ended up playing a big role in the team's run to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Gortat will be a free agent this summer and will likely be a top priority for the Wizards once negotiations begin.
Coverage of the 2014 NBA Draft begins at 7pm on Thursday, June 26th on ESPN.
Be sure to check out Monumental Network for photos and interviews with many of the prospects that came into Verizon Center this month for workouts!
Prospects Who Worked Out for Wizards
- Keith Appling - Michigan St. - 6'1 - 185lbs
- Billy Baron - Canisius - 6'2 - 195 lbs
- Davion Berry - Weber St - 6'4 - 185lbs
- Deonte Burton - Marquette - 6'4 - 230lbs
- Jahii Carson - Arizona St. - 5'10 - 175lbs
- Semaj Christon - Xavier - 6'3 - 190lbs
- Justin Cobbs - California - 6'4 - 190lbs
- Bryce Cotton - Providence - - 6'1 - 165lbs
- Chris Crawford - Memphis - 6'4 - 222lbs
- Maurice Creek - George Washington - 6'5 - 195lbs
- Andre Dawkins - Duke - 6'5 - 215lbs
- Tim Frazier - Penn St. - 6'1 - 170lbs
- Nick Johnson - Arizona - 6'3 - 200lbs
- Sean Kilpatrick - Cincinnati - 6'4 - 210lbs
- Roy Devyn Marble - Iowa - 6'6 - 200lbs
- Frantz Massenat - Drexel - 6'4 - 185lbs
- Jordan McRae - Tennessee - 6'6 - 185lbs
- Earnest Ross - Missouri - 6'5 - 228lbs
- Markel Starks - Georgetown - 6'1 - 175lbs
- Davon Usher - Delaware - 6'6 - 200lbs
- Chaz Williams - UMass - 5'9 - 175lbs
- Kendall Williams - New Mexico - 6'4 - 180lbs
- Thanasis Antetokounmpo - Greece - 6'8 - 240lbs
- Isaiah Armwood - George Washington - 6'9 - 208lbs
- Jerrelle Benimon - Towson - 6'8 - 245lbs
- Khem Birch - UNLV - 6'9 - 209lbs
- Cameron Clark - Oklahoma - 6'7 - 211lbs
- Sam Dower - Gonzaga - 6'9 - 243lbs
- Jarell Eddie - Virgina Tech - 6'7 - 220 lbs
- Josh Huestis - Stanford - 6'7 - 230lbs
- Cory Jefferson - Baylor - 6'9 - 220lbs
- Shawn Jones - Middle Tennessee - 6'8 - 236lbs
- Wally Judge - Rutgers - 6'9 - 250lbs
- Halil Kanacevic - St. Josephs - 6'8 - 255lbs
- James Michael McAdoo - North Carolina - 6'9 - 230lbs
- Philipp Neumann - Germany - 6'11 - 235lbs
- Devin Oliver - Dayton - 6'7 - 225lbs
- Lamar Patterson - Pittsburgh - 6'6 - 212lbs
- Dwight Powell - Stanford - 6'10 - 240lbs
- LaQuinton Ross - Ohio St. - 6'8 - 220lbs
- Will Sheehey - Indiana - 6'7 - 200lbs
- Roscoe Smith - UNLV - 6'8 - 205lbs
- Richard Solomon - California - 6'10 - 235lbs
- Okaro White - Florida St. - 6'9 - 207lbs
- Jamil Wilson - Marquette - 6'7 - 230lbs
- Talib Zanna - Pittsburgh - 6'9 - 230lbs