Gallery: Wizards set pre-draft interview lineup
Victor Oladipo (Guard/Forward, Indiana)
Oladipo, a native of the Washington, D.C. area and graduate of local DeMatha High School (Md.), had a breakout year for Indiana this past season. He proved to be one of the nation's best defenders, as well as an efficient player on the offensive end who works well in transition. His athleticism allows him to guard three different positions and though he may not immediately be the cornerstone of a franchise, he can be a contributor from Day 1.
Shabazz Muhammad (Forward, UCLA)
Muhammad was an interesting case at UCLA this past season. He was criticized early in his time in Westwood for being out of shape while returning from injury, but worked on his body and ended up averaging 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He uses his size well against smaller defenders and works well in transition.
Isaiah Canaan (Guard, Murray State)
Canaan was more on the national radar during his junior season at Murray State in 2011-12. Despite being more away from the spotlight this past season, he averaged 21.8 points and 4.3 assists per game. Essentially, he is a scoring guard who could be an option as a back-up to John Wall that the Wizards could pick up in the second round.
Allen Crabbe (Guard, California)
At 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, Crabbe has good size for an NBA shooting guard. He is wired to score and averaged 18.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, on his way to winning Pac-12 Player of the Year. He will likely be sitting on the border between the first and second round. The difficulty he may run into at the NBA level is that he is accustomed to being a volume shooter and the center of the offense. He will not be afforded that number of shots in the NBA, so he will need to adjust his game to be effective in different ways.
C.J. McCollum (Guard, Lehigh)
McCollum played just 12 games during his senior season at Lehigh before breaking his foot against Virginia Commonwealth on Jan. 5. Even without the larger sample size to judge him on during his final college year, scouts are impressed. He is a scoring guard from a small school, which will remind some of last year's draft gem, Damian Lillard. He's not the distributor that Lillard is, but he has the tools and intelligence to score in bunches at the pro level.
Cody Zeller (Forward, Indiana)
Zeller runs the floor as well as any available big man in this draft and improved his jump shot during his sophomore year at Indiana. The biggest question for him will be the physciality with which he is comfortable playing. In the Big Ten, double teams and the presence of another physical big man limited Zeller's production. He will have to deal with that every night in the NBA.
Mason Plumlee (Center, Duke)
Plumlee began his fourth season at Duke as one of the most dominant players in the country. Though Trey Burke and others surpassed him as the season went along, he still managed to average a double-double of 17.1 points and 10 rebounds per game. Scouts love his athleticism, but his game is limited to around the rim. If he can learn to extend his game toward the perimeter, he could become more of an asset offensively.
Kelly Olynyk (Center, Gonzaga)
Olynyk has a good set of offensive skills for a player his size. He passes it well and stretches the defense toward the perimeter. The questions will be how he does defensively against larger, more physical players and how he fits into a team's defensive scheme.
Steven Adams (Center, Pittsburgh)
From a skill standpoint, Steven Adams has one of the highest ceilings for growth of any prospect in this draft, but he is also very raw. A native of New Zealand, he averaged 7.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for Pittsburgh this past season. He looked more comfortable as the season progressed, but he could very well be a five-year project at the NBA level.
Otto Porter (Forward, Georgetown)
Otto Porter does nearly everything well, but he is not elite any of those particular skills. What does that mean? He is very versatile and will eventually be an indispensable part of a winning team, but not necessarily the cornerstone of it. His intelligence amplifies his strengths and he will likely be picked in the Top 10.
Alex Len (Center, Maryland)
Len made great strides during his sophomore year and is another available athletic big man in the lottery. His skill set will still need work and he is less likely to immediately make an impact than prospects like Zeller and Plumlee.
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