ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24: Kawhi Leonard #15 of the San Diego State Aztecs goes to the hoop against Alex Oriakhi #34 of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

2011 NBA Draft: Scouting Potential Washington Wizards Draft Picks

Who could the Wizards pick with their three draft picks? We'll break down the possibilities in this StoryStream.

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2011 NBA Draft: NBA Draft Combine To Begin At 10 A.M. Thursday

The 2011 NBA Draft Combine will be held in Chicago, starting on Thursday at 10 am. The players (full list of participants here) will go through athletic testing, measurements and of course, the all important interview portion. It is just like the NFL Combine, except nobody really watches it. But it gives the teams a good chance to see what these players look like out of basketball context, which could help them better get to know them as a player and as a person.

According to SB Nation, some of the best players in the Draft might not be taking part in all of the drills, headlined by Kyrie Irving.

Few players ever skip athletic testing; even LeBron James, Cleveland's last no-brainer No. 1 pick, participated. Top prospects do skip the drill portion of the combine with some regularity, and Irving won't be alone on the sidelines for that, as Ford has reported Arizona forward Derrick Williams, UConn guard Kemba Walker and Kentucky guard Brandon Knight are among those passing on an opportunity to do the drills.

If you want to watch the Combine, you can find it on ESPNU and ESPN3.com from 10-2 on Thursday and Friday. We'll have some of the more notable developments for you in this stream.

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Washington Wizards 2011 NBA Draft Options: Jan Vesely

The 2011 NBA Mock Draft season is upon us and SB Nation D.C. is breaking down possible targets for the Wizards. Next up: Jan Vesely, SF/PF, Czech Republic.

The Jan Vesely-Washington Wizards connection is nothing new to fans who have been reading 2011 NBA Mock Drafts. That continues to be the case in Draft Express' first post-lottery effort:

"Picking the best athlete on the board makes sense. Vesely would be a terrific weapon in an up-tempo offense alongside last year's No. 1 overall pick, John Wall."

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Vesely's charm is his ability to run the floor -- a major plus with transition-happy Wall at the helm of the offense. By most accounts, his offensive game in raw, but if Vesely can finish in transition and knock down the occasional outside shot, he could be a good fit in D.C.

If a proven college player like Kawhi Leonard represents a safe bet to stick long-term in the Wizards rotation, Vesely is the swing-for-the-fences pick who could be a foundation of Washington's rebuild if he pans out.

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Washington Wizards 2011 NBA Draft Options: Bismack Biyombo

The 2011 NBA Mock Draft season is upon us and SB Nation D.C. is breaking down possible targets for the Wizards. Next up: Bismack Biyombo, PF/C, Congo.

Bismack Biyombo might be the most intriguing player in the entire draft. He burst onto the scene at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Oregon, where he wowed scouts with his athleticism and "upside." (Ed. note: We're going to start hearing that word a lot with regards to the Wizards selection, so let's get familiar now.)

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The mid-to-late lottery seems to be the right place for Biyombo, and so he could come into play even though the Wizards have a defensive, shot-blocking center (ideally) in JaVale McGee and could probably stand for more of a post-scoring threat as a compliment. SB Nation's Tom Ziller recently mulled over the idea of Biyombo at Sactown Royalty:

Biyombo is both inspired and exciting ... to me, at least. Some may fear his lack of institutional notoriety and lack of domestic experience. I can already hear the Hasheem Thabeet and Mouhamed Sene catcalls. But I also hear the Serge Ibaka retorts, and I understand that Biyombo has been a defensive stud in the Spanish league (No. 2 in the world behind the NBA)

The Wizards late-season mini-run of success (fool's gold or not) was built on a foundation of hard-working guys from the D-League. Junk yard dogs, coach Flip Saunders called them. Getting a big who is committed to defending and rebounding would help facilitate that culture.

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2011 NBA Draft: Scouting Potential Washington Wizards Draft Picks

The Washington Wizards did not have luck smile down on them and will pick No. 6 in the 2011 NBA Draft. They will also pick No. 18, thanks to a February trade with the Atlanta Hawks, and No. 34. We'll break down the possibilities for the picks in this StoryStream.

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