Reporting Frank Hanrahan
After a rough 23-59 season, the Wizards luck did not bounce their way like it did last year and getting the number overall pick in the NBA Draft. No, the ping pong ball gods were unkind and the Wizards have the sixth overall pick in Thursday night’s draft. So what will they do?
Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld has told me on many occasions he likes the core guys that he has under contract for next season. There are seven players in all with John Wall, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Jordan Crawford leading the way. Grunfeld would like to add a backup small forward, power forward or center with the 2011 Draft. So basically, the Wizards want to add frontcourt depth or a player at some point that will take over the starting three spot, currently held by an aging Rashard Lewis.
That’s why I think the Wiz will go after international Jan Vesely at #6 if the 6′-11″ swingman is available. Vesely can run the wing well and finish as he has great leaping ability and is a decent shooter. He will have to work on his defensive quickness and get stronger to deal with the NBA rigors.
If Vesely is not there but Enes Kanter is, expect the Wiz once again to take an international and snatch Kanter who is a truck of a center from Turkey.
The Wizards also have the 18th pick in the first round of the draft. I suspect they will go for another frontcourt player here. Hopefully Chris Singleton, the defensive minded small forward out of Florida State, is there.
Washington also has a second round pick, #34 overall, and here I am pretty sure the Wizards will go after a point guard that could backup John Wall.