The Washington Wizards announced they will be hosting their first pre-draft workout on Monday, and it will feature two players who could be on the Wizards' radar with the 19th overall pick.
The team announced they will be working out the following players on Monday:
- Jerian Grant (Notre Dame)
- Delon Wright (Utah)
- Darian Hooker (NYIT)
- Juwan Staten (West Virginia)
- Cady Lalanne (Massachusetts)
- Stefan Nastic (Stanford)
The two headliners are Grant and Wright, who are both likely first round picks who could be available when the Wizards make their pick. Cody Lalanne is the only other player in Monday's workout with a shot of being drafted. He's currently ranked 65th on the Draft Express Top 100 prospect rankings. So even if he doesn't get selected, it could serve as a tryout for an invitation for the Wizards' Summer League team.
Still, the big battle on Monday will be between Grant (who you can read more about here) and Wright, who could be useful combo guards backing up John Wall and Bradley Beal. Grant and Wright each averaged over five assists per game last season, but also have enough size to play at shooting guard when needed. If the Wizards plan to address guard depth with their first round pick, they've done a good job getting two of the best candidates available early in the pre-draft workout process.
So which player will come out on top in Monday's workout? Most mocks have Grant (who is the son of former Washington Bullet/Wizard Harvey Grant) going earlier than Wright. Of course, if Wright can put together a great showing head-to-head against Grant, that could change. At the same time, there are several mocks that have Grant off the board by the time Wizards would select with the 19th pick, so the Wizards may not be able to choose between the two when it comes to draft night.
Of course, this is just the first day of pre-draft workouts. It's hard to determine anything when so many teams are trying request players for pre-draft workouts. Just because Monday's workout is guard heavy doesn't mean the Wizards are focused solely on guard depth. If you're not seeing your favorite big man option available, never fear, they'll probably make their way to Washington to get in a good sweat before it's all said and done.