The Capital City Go-Go made their first official additions to the roster on Wednesday afternoon in the G-League expansion draft. Existing G-League teams were allowed to protect 12 players and the Go-Go were allowed to choose 14 players from among the unprotected. Here is the full list of players they selected:
- Alonzo Gee
- Lavoy Allen
- Michael Cobbins
- Quinton Chievous
- Will Cummings
- Alex Davis
- Will Davis
- Kellen Dunham
- Duje Dukan
- Luke Harangody
- Pe’Shon Howard
- Tyler Harvey
- Vince Hunter
- Stephen Zimmerman
The most memorable name for Wizards fans is Gee, who played for the Wizards during the 2009-10 season and the 2010-11 season. Since then, he’s bounced around several NBA teams, including the Cavaliers, Spurs, Nuggets, Blazers, and Pelicans, as well as several stops in the G-League.
Lavoy Allen should also be a familiar name to NBA fans. He was the 50th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and quickly carved out a role on 76ers during the Doug Collins years before the team decided to pivot to The Process. He went on to play a few seasons in Indiana but failed to latch on with a new NBA team after the 2016-17 season and wound up playing with the Northern Arizona Suns last season.
Here are a few other quick notes about the players selected by the Go-Go:
- The Go-Go were only allowed to select a maximum of two players from a team. As you might expect, they took two from the Oklahoma City Blue (Michael Cobbins & Will Cummings), where new Go-Go head coach Jarell Christian served as an assistant prior to taking the job with Capital City. It always helps to have some familiarity in the ranks.
- Luke Harangody was the 2008 Big East Player of the Year.
- Most G-League teams like to add some local flavor to their roster, so selecting a Terp in the draft isn’t surprising, but Pe’Shon Howard is an interesting choice given his up-and-down time at College Park.
- The Wizards will not be able to call up Tyler Harvey to the main roster, unlike the other players selected in the expansion draft. The Magic selected him with the 51st overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft but he has yet to play a game in the league. Orlando traded his rights to Memphis in a deal earlier this summer, so Washington can’t call him up unless Memphis renounces him or if Washington makes a move to acquire his NBA rights.
The important thing to keep in mind is there’s no guarantee any of these players will suit up for the Go-Go this season. As the team details in their press release, the draft merely ensures the Go-Go have these players’ “returning rights” if they choose to play in the G-League at any point during the next two seasons.
In addition to the player rights Capital City acquired in the expansion draft, the Go-Go also have Devin Robinson and Jordan McRae, who are on two-way deals with the franchise. The team’s next chance to add to the roster will come this October when the Go-Go take part in the G-League draft.