The Washington Wizards hold one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. What you may ask happened with their first round selection? Well, the Wizards shipped the 18th pick and an injured Emeka Okafor to the Phoenix Suns for center Marcin Gortat. Gortat, as you very well may know, was a major catalyst in the teams Eastern Conference Semi-Final appearance and wrapped up his 2014 campaign with 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Now, Washington must decide which direction to go with their 46th selection. Whomever the team selects, will not likely see much of the court, but would rather be an important piece as the team moves forward.
NBA fans know the big names that will be featured at the top of draft, yet the Wizards will focus on more realistic selections beginning with today’s tryouts. These workouts will be an opportunity for players display an array of talents and the first to receive this chance are Thanasis Antetokounmpo (SF, D-League), Sam Dower (PF,Gonzaga), Cory Jefferson (PF, Baylor), Jamil Wilson (F, Marquette), Markel Starks (PG, Georgetown), Keith Appling (PG, Michigan State). The most intriguing of those trying out may be the home grown talent of Markel Starks. Recently, Starks has risen up many NBA teams lists after shining during the annual Portsmouth Invitational. Washington can use a player at any position and what better candidate than Starks.
Just over a month remains before the Wizards will announce their official selection, and there will be many more players taking a pit stop at the Verizon Center but look for any of these six players as potential candidates for Washington.