As you know by now, unless you tuned out sometime in 2008, the Wizards have the second-worst record in the NBA. This is because they are the dregs, you see.
But with great losing comes great draft positioning, which hasn’t meant a whole hell of a lot for the Wiz these past few years. In 2009, it meant trading the No. 5/Ricky Rubio pick for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. In ’10, it meant hitting the jackpot and landing John Wall. And in ’11, it meant Jan Vesely at No. 6. So, yeah, don’t get your hopes up too high, Wiz fans.
This year’s lottery seems pretty well-stocked, though, especially with college players, a handful of which are playing this weekend. Mike Prada over at Bullets Forever handicapped the top 10 prospects for the Wiz, so I’ll point you there as well as excerpting his capsules for the five guys playing in tomorrow night’s Final Four games:
1. Anthony Davis: The thing that’s amazing about Davis is that, for someone who swats so many shots, his foul rate is absurdly low. […] A potential game-changing talent at the power forward position.
2. Thomas Robinson: Watching Robinson rebound is a thrill. Not only does he do such a great job of carving out position, but he also reads the ball off the rim so well. Combine that intelligence with his explosive leaping ability, especially on the second jump, and you get someone who should average double-digit rebounds on the next level without any problems.
3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: He’s not a good shooter, but he has decent form and I think he’s too good of a weakside rebounder to just leave alone. He’s so strong and so good around the basket, so I’m confident he’ll find ways to score even without a jumper. He’s also a tremendous defender and an incredible finisher in the open floor — a stunning 71 percent of his transition opportunities are finished.
5. Jared Sullinger: Is having a fantastic NCAA Tournament, and while I still worry about whether his athleticism will translate on the next level, it’s hard to ignore his production. Has a lot of skill for a big man, so I can see him succeeding well in pick and pops on the next level.
6. Terrence Jones: I can see the drawbacks, but given his combination of size, playmaking and defense, he’s a tough guy to pass up this high.
Again, click through to Bullets Forever for the other half of Prada’s top 10, and, as always, Draft Express is an excellent resource for such business.
I’d also like to turn to you, dear Mr. Irrelevant reader/presumed Wizards fan: Aside from Anthony Davis, the clear-cut No. 1 pick, who’d you most like to see alongside Wall, Nene and co. in red, white and blue next season?