They could go with the mop-haired, trash-talking forward who left his homeland of the Czech Republic four years ago to play in a basketball-crazed nation and beamed with pride as fans serenaded him after his last game for his team.
Or they could choose the shy big man from Lithuania who remains unsure about whether he will even play in the
They could go with the confident forward from Turkey who is good friends with
The primary focus for the Wizards going into the draft is coming out with more size. The past few weeks have helped make the options clearer for the Wizards, as they have had the opportunity to spend time with
But Kanter could easily be taken third by Utah, or fourth by Cleveland, which is also believed to think highly of Valanciunas at that spot. Many scouts rate Valanciunas as the international player with the most upside in this draft, but lottery teams might have a hard time trying to justify selecting a player whose buyout agreement reportedly could keep him from playing in the NBA until 2012. If Valanciunas is still around at No.6, it could create a predicament for the Wizards, who are also very high on Vesely, according to multiple sources. Vesely scored 18 points to lead his team to the Serbian title last season.