Draft Day Nears
While the Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers try to keep things interesting in the playoffs, teams like the Wizards have been soley focused on the June 28 draft. The Wiz and other teams will get their first up-close look at many draft candidates starting tomorrow morning in Orlando, home of the annual pre-draft camp.
After taking a much-needed week off to recharge my batteries after a long season following the Wiz, I'll be there for a few days blogging about the event while a keeping an eye out for any potential Wizards, who hold the 16th and 47th picks.
The league made a change that should make the pre-draft camp a little more interesting this year. In previous summers, teams could hold private workouts with draft eligible players and as a result, most top players skipped the camp. This summer, teams can't work players out until after the camp so hopefully, the action will include more high profile names than last year when Renaldo Balkman (drafted in the first round by the Knicks) and Jordan Farmar (Lakers) were the best of an otherwise thin cast of characters. (Though George Washington's Pops Mensah-Bonsu stuck with the Mavericks after playing well that week).
Most of the potential top 10 picks like Greg Oden, Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah and G-town's Jeff Green will take physicals but won't play. The Wiz didn't see either of last year's draft picks - forward Oleksiy Percherov or Vladimir Varemeenko - at last summer's camp so there is the possibility that I won't be able to get a sneak peak at any future Wiz. We'll see. I'll keep you posted on who is doing what down in Orlando.
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