Wake-up call: Workouts unlikely to produce draft pick

Wake-up call: Workouts unlikely to produce draft pick
June 4, 2014, 6:00 am
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With Randy Wittman's contract situation settled, the Wizards begin their merry-go round of draft prospects who'll begin coming into Verizon Center as early as Tuesday.

Don't get too hyped about who gets an invite. It won't matter much. Team scouts have seen everyone who they believe to be worthwhile evaluating. This is more for front-office types such as president Ernie Grunfeld who doesn't get out as much. 

It's no secret, the Wizards covet size. This urgency escalates if they lose Marcin Gortat when free agency opens July 1. The draft is June 26.

Last year, when the Wizards had the No. 3 overall pick that was used to select Otto Porter and traded one of their two second-round picks to get Glen Rice, they had 70-75 different players in for workouts.

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They only have one scheduled pick, No. 46 overall in the second round, this year and aren't expected to make any moves to acquire more. 

This time, they'll bring in 30-35 players for workouts. It's difficult to get players to work out for a team that's picking so low because, frankly, most believe they're first-rounders or will go high in the second round. 

Ideally, Johnny O'Bryant, a 6-8 power forward/center from LSU, would be the kind of player to visit but that won't happen. He's projected as a second-round pick by DraftExpress. Jarnell Stokes, a 6-8 power forward from Tennessee, would be of interest but it's unlikely he'd come. That doesn't mean, however, if players such as this are available when the Wizards pick that they wouldn't be drafted. Quite the opposite. 

When the Wizards chose Rice, he never came in for a workout. Rice had played last season in the D-League and they had ample evidence on him. The player who helped himself the most, who wasn't on the Wizards' radar until he had a workout?

Nick Young. He was the 16th overall pick in 2007, though his lack of basketball IQ proved to be his undoing and he eventually was traded.

When picking so low, teams such as the Wizards simply have to take the best player available regardless of his size. If that player works out, all the better.