Christian Watford and Peyton Siva Highlight Group of Prospects in Washington Wizards Pre-Draft Workout
After working out prospects who seem destined to become undrafted free agents, the Washington Wizards worked out a batch of prospects (Will Clyburn, Elijah Johnson, Nick Minnerath, Peyton Siva, Adonis Thomas and Christian Watford) on Wednesday who can be seriously considered for Washington’s two second round picks, No. 38 and No. 54 overall. Of this group, Indiana’s Watford and Louisville’s Siva appear to be the best fits for the Wizards.
Fresh off leading Louisville to the national championship, Siva has a winning pedigree and is a tenacious defender, two traits currently lacking from Washington’s roster.
While Washington may be weary of Siva’s ability to run its half-court offense — due to his poor shooting (28.8 percent from three) and high turnover rate (2.7 per game) — Siva possesses the athletic ability to excel in the open court, making him a prospect worth grooming as John Wall’s backup.
In Watford, Washington gets what every NBA team can’t get have enough of, shooting. Watford shot an astonishing 48.4 percent from the three-point line during his senior season at Indiana. This shooting ability coupled with his size, 6-foot-9, makes Watford an ideal candidate to fill Washington’s need for a stretch power forward.
Wall alluded to such a need in an interview with the Washington Post last weekend. “I feel like we need a four-man that can pick and pop,” Wall said.
While Wall may have been hinting that he wants Washington to select such a player with the No. 3 overall pick, Watford still should be a second round target of the Wizards, as he would still be an asset off the bench in the event that Washington does use its first-rounder on a shooting big man like Anthony Bennett.