Brandan Wright Opts For Solo Celtics Workout[UPDATED]

UPDATE: I emailed Draft Express and asked how common it was for potential draft picks to pursue solo workouts. They were kind of enough to respond and as it turns out, Giglio is pretty close to the mark with his assertion:

It happens occasionally that a prospect like Wright refuses to do competitive workouts, but its not really something that is accepted. Note that this year it is becoming more en vogue, as we find Wright, Horford, Julian Wright, Yi Jianlian and Conley Jr. not doing competitive stuff, which is pretty rare. Last year LaMarcus Aldridge and Tyrus Thomas didn’t do anything competitive either, so its not like Wright is really doing something incredibly unique. It could backfire on him, since many already question his competitive fire, his intensity, his ability to deal with contact against NBA players, and his jump-shot (its obviously easier to hit wide open ones than being guarded by a Joakim Noah for example)

We know Wright’s ability or willingness to handle contact was a huge question mark since as late as the Michigan State game in the NCAA Tournament he was neutralized by physical post play.   His effort on defense was a work in progress most of the season and we never saw Wright take jumpers because it was largely unnecessary. The one thing that bothers me about the whole situation is that it seems like the deeper we go into the process, the more it appears Wright could really use one more season at UNC.  This is the truly worrisome aspect of the NBA Draft, the drafting on potential not established bona fides.  At any rate it is water under the bridge and here’s hoping Wright can prove these assertions wrong.

According to ACC Now, Wright wants to do a solo workout for the Boston Celtics instead of doing so with other potential draft picks. JP Giglio thinks Wright is doing it to avoid a challenge or perhaps for lack of interest in being the Celtics pick:

No Joakim Noah, or anyone else, allowed. That doesn’t sound like someone interested in a challenge, or for that matter, someone interested in being the fifth pick.

I am going to disagree with Giglio because I have no idea what the standard practice is on this. I know that Oden and Durant will probably workout alone for both Portland and Seattle. Granted their case is somewhat different but I was under the impression that most these potentially higher draft picks tend to do a solo workouts with team. I am not sure it is about the challenge or his desire to be the fifth pick, I would interested to see how common this is during the draft process.


5 Responses to Brandan Wright Opts For Solo Celtics Workout[UPDATED]

  1. 52BigGameJames says:

    ok: I’ll say it…nah! anyway, thanks for the info THF! I hate it for him, but unfortunately, Roy was in a bad spot to be providing true candor. Oh well, might help the next time around. “A steal at 10, a bust at 3” Wonder if anyone told him that?

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  3. josh bowling says:

    “The one thing that bothers me about the whole situation is that it seems like the deeper we go into the process, the more it appears Wright could really use one more season at UNC.”

    I never thought for a minute he didn’t. What it all boils down to is what is going to earn Wright the most revenue. I argued (to much unpopularity) that one more college basketball season would earn him much higher revenue because not only would he be better, but he would have more name recognition earning him higher endorsements, along with a better salary first contract. Nearly everyone was in a disagreement on that one, based on what-past experience with early entries?-I hardly think so, as they go to support my argument. Now it is time for me to support Brandan. Tim Duncan seemed a little hesitant to me to want to be a physical player at that same stage. Like Duncan, Wright has a pretty good skill set. I noticed a few times in season where he took the ball around foul line area and drove in to finish a play. His skills, I believe, are beyond what he was asked to demonstrate at UNC. My argument against him would be physical play, but there are a few successful post players that shy away from that, namely Tim Duncan. Fortunately for him, unlike most, he earns a trip to the stripe on little contact. If Wright is awarded the same benefit, LOOK OUT!!

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:


    I think I agreed with your premise that yes he could have used one more season but based on the way the process works and the fact NBA GMs are drafting more on potential and not proven bona fides makes the decision to leave sort of a no brainer. Add to that the fact that there are way too many unknowns when it comes time to make the decision i.e. the declaration deadline. And if he tries to go through the process without an agent the ambiguity on whether or not he is staying in the draft will hurt his status. In other words it is like Roy said, a process that benefits the NBA and it’s business without any regard for the college players.

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