Mack selected 4th overall in D-League draft

Mack selected 4th overall in D-League draft
November 2, 2012, 8:15 pm
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Washington Wizards guard Shelvin Mack (22) stands on the court in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.

(David Richard-US PRESSWIRE)

Shelvin Mack may have a new home.

The Wizards' 2011 second-round pick was selected fourth overall by the Maine Red Claws in the NBA's Developmental League draft on Friday. Mack was waived by Washington on Sunday after the team chose to keep veteran point guard Jannero Pargo and center Earl Barron entering the 2012-13 season.

Playing in 64 games as a rookie last season, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 3.6 points and 2.0 assists for the rebuilding Wizards. After staring collegiately at Butler as an off the ball scorer, Mack's NBA transition included learning the point guard role behind starter John Wall. Following Mack's shaky performance at the Las Vegas Summer League, the Wizards bolstered its point guard depth by signing free agent A.J. Price. Following the revelation that John Wall would miss several weeks of the season with a knee injury, the Wizards also added Pargo, a 33-year-old league veteran.

Mack stepped up his game during the preseason - 24 assists with four turnovers in eight games - but Pargo's presence and injuries up front forced the Wizards hand. Part of me initially thought that should Nene and Kevin Seraphin return from their respective injuries sooner than later, then just maybe the Wizards would choose to bring back another ball handler in Mack while jettisoning Barron. That was before the 7-footer led the Wizards with eight rebounds in 16 minutes in Tuesday's loss at Cleveland.

Center Travis Hyman (Bowie State), Sean Singletary (Virginia) and George Washington's point guard and leading scorer last season Tony Taylor all were drafted in the second round. Others with local ties selected in the D-League draft include Ralph Sampson III, Cliff Tucker (Maryland) and Jeremiah Rivers (Georgetown/Indiana).