Wizards work out Achiuwa, one of their best options in the NBA Draft


The Wizards held a workout with Precious Achiuwa last week, the Memphis big man revealed Thursday while meeting with the media ahead of next week's 2020 NBA Draft.

Achiuwa has worked out for three teams, he says, with the Celtics and Heat being the others. He has also interviewed with many more teams over Zoom, including the Wizards earlier in the draft process.

The Wizards are allowed to work out 10 players per the adjusted draft rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. We now know two of the players they have worked out: Achiuwa and also guard R.J. Hampton.

Achiuwa, 21, could make a lot of sense for the Wizards, who hold the ninth overall pick in the first round. He's a 6-foot-9 forward/center with a 7-foot-1 wingspan who averaged 15.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game last season. The Wizards need help particularly with rim protection and rebounding.

When describing his game, Achiuwa also said he prefers to play fast. That's the Wizards' goal, having ranked seventh in the NBA last season in pace and with John Wall coming back soon from injury.

Achiuwa would likely find a role quickly with the Wizards as a defensive anchor down low. And he could form a dynamic duo with Wall in pick-and-rolls, serving as a screener and rim-runner.

The three teams Achiuwa has worked out for help make his likely draft range more clear. The Wizards pick ninth, the Celtics 14th and the Heat are 20th. Though most mock drafts have him going later in the teens, the fact the Wizards have worked him out is a good indication he could be picked higher.


Given how well he would fit what the Wizards are looking for, it would not be surprising if he's the pick at nine, especially if USC's Onyeka Okongwu is already off the board.