Sunday, June 17, 2007

Brandan Wright Workout

As Chuck Gardner reports, Bucks Director of Player Personnel Dave Babcock came away from Brandan Wright's individual workout on Friday sounding very impressed. Gery Woelfel was also there and came away singing Wright's praises. It's very possible Wright will be available at 6 given the possibility that Al Horford, Mike Conley, and Yi Jianlian could all go ahead of him (in some order). There have been rumors that Atlanta GM Billy Knight has been in love with Wright for weeks, but who knows what to make of that given the amount of disinformation flying around. Certainly from a readiness standpoint guys like Horford and Joakim Noah appear to be well ahead of the 19-year old Wright, who said he's currently at around 210 lbs after weighing in at an even 200 lbs at the pre-draft camp.

I'm still having a hard time seeing Wright as the best pick if he's available. With his slender frame he looks to be at least a year or two away from being able to physically match up with NBA power forwards, and it remains to be seen whether he can score as consistently in the pros given his complete lack of a midrange game and poor free throw shooting. He was a poor rebounder at Carolina last year despite his size, and while he blocked a fair amount of shots he wasn't prolific either. To his credit, he put up really good numbers as a freshman for a good Carolina team, including shooting a rather ridiculous 66% from the field. He's got a great feel for scoring around the hoop, and if he can pack on 15-20 lbs he could become a very good defender as well.

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