Of all the borderline players the Wizards have brought in for workouts the last couple of weeks, Jackie Carmichael isn't among them.
The 6-8 power forward from Illinois State could be too good for anyone to pass up in the June 27 draft. The Wizards pick No. 3 overall and have a pair of second-round selections, but Carmichael may not be available by No. 38 and is extremely unlikely to be there when the Wizards pick 54th.
In fact, if the Wizards don’t take forwards Anthony Bennett (UNLV) or Otto Porter (Georgetown) with their top pick, or opt for a center such as Nerlens Noel (Kentucky) or a backcourt scoring machine such as Ben McLemore (Kansas), a player such as Carmichael could be the perfect complement to help the NBA’s lowest-scoring team.
Carmichael averaged 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2 blocks and shot 52.7 percent from the field as a senior, playing mostly as an undersized center. He got to the foul line almost seven times a game because he’s physical and can play with his back to the basket. He’s also able to score with the mid-range jump shot in pick-and-roll situations.
"In college my coach did a great job. The 5 (center) and the 4 (power forward) weren't too different of a spot,” said Carmichael, who worked out for the Wizards last week at Verizon Center and will have visited about 13 teams in all. “I was still involved in the pick-and-roll. I didn't just sit in the middle of the lane. I was a mobile 5. I'm pretty used to playing both of those positions.”
The comparisons he has drawn are to Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) and Udonis Haslem (Miami Heat). The Wizards passed on Faried in the 2011 draft, instead taking Jan Vesely with the sixth overall pick. Faried started all 80 games he played last season and averaged 11.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and shot 56.2 percent from the field. Vesely's time off the bench was sporadic as he appeared in 51 games, starting only four, and averaging 2.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 50 percent shooting.
Faried is 6-8 and can leap out the building. Carmichael doesn't possess his athleticism, but he has a 7-2 wingspan. His 241 pounds are rock solid and ready-made for banging in the low post in the NBA.
Carmichael appears to be what GMs call a "glue guy," a hard-nosed utility player that every team needs to compete.
“I’m a high motor guy that's just going to go in there, be a junkyard dog and crash the boards and play hard at all time,” Carmichael said.