Centering on the Wizards second round options

Centering on the Wizards second round options
June 26, 2013, 12:30 am
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Until the Wizards make a move, they still have two second rounds picks, 38 and 54, along with the third overall selection. First we looked at the backcourt targets. Now, the forwards and center, two areas the roster could overhaul this offseason.

Small forward: C.J. Leslie, NC State. It's hard finding supporters for the talented, but the enigmatic combo forward drips with potential. Though a stat-stuffer last year (15.1 ppg, 7.4 rbg, 1.0 stls, 1.2 blks), the 22-year-old junior also had one of the least efficient seasons among the prospects. The  6-foot-9 Leslie would come into play at 38 if Washington goes for a center in the first round. This smells like a player Ernie Grunfeld could like.

Plan B - If the Wizards don't foresee Martell Webster returning, Syracuse's James Southerland makes for a 3-point shooting alternative. Though a one-dimensional player and one who only played a large role as a senior, the 6-foot-8 forward has an NBA body and can score in bunches. If Southerland doesn't hear his name called on Thursday, a savvy team will scoop him up for its summer league roster.

Power forward - Mike Muscala, Bucknell. The two-time Patriot League Player of the Year enters the league with a bevy of interior scoring moves, a quality perimeter shot, a distributor's mentality from either the high or low post plus four years worth of college experience. While Muscala's range is not currently out to the NBA 3-point line and his agility could make guarding certain forwards challenging, his high level of rebounding and feel for the game should translate over.

Plan B - If the Wizards seek a pure banger, remember Illinois State's Jackie Carmichael. If they want a pure stretch-four, Florida's Erik Murphy has range for days. Adding any of these options (or UNLV's Anthony Bennett in the first round) could be a sign Washington is ready to move on from some part of the Trevor Booker, Chris Singleton or Jan Vesely faction.

Center - Colton Iverson, Colorado State. Not that many big man options around to choose from, but this 7-footer made significant strides over his senior season. The 23-year-old  offsets lack of wow factor with energy plays. Iverson led the Rams in scoring (14.0) and rebounding (9.9) - and into the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. Not the swatting type (0.7 blocks) and the Wizards already have enough players with limited scoring potential, but enough folks have talked him up as a potential find late in the second round.

Plan B - Consider this out international stash option. If the Wizards end up making all the picks, drafting a player they can let stay overseas is one way around the three rookie's dilemma. France's Joffrey Lauverge, probably a power forward on the NBA level, was part of the Wizards last workout group on Thursday. DraftExpress has the 6-foot-11, 240 pounder going with the next-to-last pick in their current mock draft, citing his physical tools and excellent motor.

Now what - Of the main players listed at each position, Muscala would be strong get if still available at 38. If the projection of Otto Porter Jr. with the third overall pick is legit, seeing the Wizards come up with a stretch-four/or a wing scorer would be nice while they use free agency for a veteran point guard.