We’re just hours away from tonight’s NBA draft, so let’s take a look at a few final mock draft predictions for the Wizards selections at six and 18. (As for the 34 pick, we might as well throw darts at a board at this point.)
NBA Buzz has the wizards picking Jan Vesely, the 6-foot-11 forward from the Czech Republic who can play the small or the power forward spot. This is assuming Enes Kanter and Kawhi Leonard will be both off the board by pick six.
Buzz also has the Wizards taking Providence shooting guard Marshon Brooks at 18, calling him a potent scorer who would work well with John Wall in the backcourt.
One NBA.com analyst sees it the same way, with the Wizards taking Vesely at six and Brooks at 11, but has the Wizards bypassing Leonard, with him dropping down to 14 to the Houston Rockets.
From Hoopsworld, five separate analysts weighed in, and three of them say the Wizards will pick Vesely. One has them taking Leonard, and one went with Jonas Valanciunas, the 6-11 center from Lithuania who has good rebounding skills and is considered quick and explosive for a player his size.
Only two were in agreement at 18, and saw the Wizards taking Dontas Montiejunas. The Wizards held a special workout on Wednesday in which Montiejunas was the only participant. He’s a 7-foot forward from Lithuania who averaged 12 points and four rebounds per game for Benneto Trevison in the Italian League during the 2010-2011 season.
Also mentioned at 18 for the Wizards are Markeiff Morris, the 6-foot-10 forward from Kansas, Chris Singleton, the 6-foot-9 forward from Florida State, and Nikola Vucevic, who is listed at 6-foot-1- or 7-feet, depending on who’s measuring. Vucevic is from USC by way of Montenegro, and can play the power forward or the center spot.
Put me down as being surprised if Singleton is still around at 18.
Any finally, the scouts from NBAdraft.net also like Vesely at six and Montiejunas at 18 for the Wizards.