Part of rebuilding any team is drafting the right way and the Wizards have high hopes for their three draft picks in forward Jan Vesely, forward Chris Singleton and guard Shelvin Mack.
The 6'-11 Vesely out of the Czech Republic is the great unknown in this trio, simply because he is a foreign player. Usually there is no in-between with Euros. Either they succeed or they don't. It's boom or bust. The Wizards took Vesely with the sixth overall pick so he the pressure is on for him to be a big part of the rebuild.
Vesely was a high-flying swing man at Partizan Belgrade and looks great on Youtube. But can he adapt to the rigors of the NBA? We will find out soon enough.
Singleton was a defensive stalwart at Florida State but also showed he can play some offense as well, averaging 14 points his junior year.
The 6'-9" Singleton is versatile defensively, able to guard shooting guards to power forwards. The Wizards needed help on the defensive end and they believe they get some of that with Singleton.
Shelvin Mack was a winner at Butler, helping the mid-major to back-to-back national title games, but can his game translate to the NBA level? His size, listed at 6'-2", is generous, so he will have to play back-up point guard, even though he was more of a shooter in college.
Unfortunately, these players did not have the luxury of playing in summer league because of the lockout and they are being thrown right into the fire with training camp starting Friday night at Verizon Center.
Their progress will be a big part of the rebuild and how the team progresses this season.
Theyd better be ready.