The Wizards are starting the process of bringing in members of the 2016 NBA Draft class for workouts. Any insight into the prospects and how they could help a Washington roster with possibly 9-10 spots open won't come from seeing the workouts as they are not open for the media this year. However, in some cases, including Wednesday's initial workout, the players will be rather familiar and therefore I'll post some thoughts as we go through the process. First up:
Prospect: Kevin Larsen
College: George Washington
Measurables: 6-foot-10, 273 lbs
Stats: Averaged 12.3 points, team-high 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists.
Strengths: When focused, Larsen turned into a dominant offensive threat for the Colonials, especially during the run to GW's NIT championship. He scored at least 16 points in four of five NIT games including 18 in the title win over Valparaiso. Whether at the low or high post, the offense often ran through the big man, who coach Mike Lonergan the team's best passer for most of his four seasons. Larsen effectively used his sturdy frame to score inside and attack the boards. The Denmark native/Montrose Christian product led the Colonals in 3-point shooting at 47.2% (17 of 36).
Weaknesses: Inconsistencies with his game could be maddening, particulary when the team needed points. Whether a case of being too deferential or not, Larsen had a tendency to disappear at times. The under-the-basket big man is not a great athlete and possesses unimpressive wingspan (measured 6'9" at Portsmouth Invitational) for a center. Never averaged more than 1.0 blocked shot per game. Cited Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and more recently DeMarcus Cousins as his favorite basketball players, a trio few coaches would love.
Outlook: Larsen would be an interesting D-League candidate -- if the Wizards had that option -- and late round pick -- if the NBA would expand beyond two rounds. Strong basketball instincts are hard to come by and he's got that. With some added strength and attitude, there's some junior Nene upside. However, the athletic limitations will hold him back unless he can develop the other parts of hs game. The Wizards need some backups behind starting center Marcin Gortat and could look to add players like Larsen to their summer league roster for a longer look.