Pelicans coach Williams says NBA draft is wide open this year

Pelicans coach Williams says NBA draft is wide open this year

Pelicans coach Williams says NBA draft is wide open this year

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Posted on June 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

METAIRIE, La. — The Pelicans hold the No. 6 pick in the June 27 NBA draft but don’t ask coach Monty Williams for any hint as to what New Orleans will do.

And it’s not because he doesn’t want to give away any secrets.

It’s because he honestly doesn’t seem to know.

“We still don’t know where we’re going to go yet because it’s that kind draft where they’re talking about a guy could be No. 1 or he could be 10,” Williams said. “I’ve never seen a draft like that, where a guy could be the first pick or he could be the fifth pick. He’s either going to be one or two.

“And this draft, guys are all over the place.”

With a little more than two weeks to go before the draft, the Pelicans have yet to bring in a player for a workout or for an interview. In years past, however, there would already have been several workouts in the books.

Williams said there has been a sea change in that regard, saying players “don’t want to work out.”

General Manager Dell Demps has been in Europe at the Euro Camp and the staff has begun to break down video of college-eligible players.

And that’s really as far as they’ve gotten.

“We’ve looked at a few players,” Williams said. “Obviously we’ll have those guys in, whether it be for a workout or an interview. I’ve watched a ton of film on guys. This is the time of year where I can get acquainted with all of the players.”

The Pelicans have needs at several positions, including a true starting small forward.

Williams hinted that the team may look elsewhere for help for the 2013-14 season, not relying on the draft to find immediate improvement.

“We have money to spend this summer and we have what we think is going to be a really good player in the draft,” Williams said.

Still, Williams believes at No. 6 the team is in good position to get a player who can help in the future.

“Last year we looked at the draft and we were like Anthony is No. 1,” Williams said. “It’s not close. Then you see a Lillard in there and a couple of other guys who stood out this year like Harrison Barnes in the playoffs. So you never know. You can find a really good player with the sixth pick.”

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