The NBA draft is only about a month away now and the draft lottery less than 2 weeks so I thought it was time to give my big board for the Wizards possible selections with whichever pick they end up receiving. I also had a dream last night that they Wizards were awarded the #3 pick at the draft lottery so it made me think of this again. We know now that their selection will range somewhere between 1 and 5 so there are only so many players that I think the Wizards should consider. Remember when I give these rankings they are my rankings in order of who I think the Wizards should draft because they have specific needs and fits. I might think that one player is slightly better or has a higher ceiling than another player but I still might have that other player ranked higher because I feel that they fit with the Wizards better or are a position of need for us. My rankings have changed some since my original Wizards draft rankings on 3/27 (http://www.beltwaysportsblog.com/2012/03/27/early-wizards-draft-prospects/), but I will still be using the same descriptions of the players for this post along with my most recent updates.
Even though the Wizards have won their last 5 games, they played so poorly throughout the rest of the season that they were able to clinch the 2nd overall spot in the lottery due to the Hornets beating Golden State 93-91 on Tuesday night. This really ended up being the best of both worlds as the Wizards are playing very well to finish the season and it didn’t cost them any draft spots (or in this case a worse percentage at a draft spot), very strange to have beltway teams get lucky like that. Either way though this is big for a couple of reasons. First off we now have the 2nd best odds for the best player in the draft Anthony Davis. I think the Bobcats will get the 1st pick because they have the best odds and if it is rigged then they should def get it because they are beyond horrible. Even with Davis next year they will still be bad but without him they will be just as bad as this year. The other good part about this is now we can’t drop any lower than 5th. The only way this happens is if 3 teams behind us win the lottery balls and earn the top 3 spots but the chances of that happening are very slim. This is also actually more important than it seems on the surface because behind Davis my top 2 guys are Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Brad Beal and while MKG will probably go top 3, Beal might hang around to the 5th spot so every pick really counts if we want our guy. Here are all the percentages of the different teams and the different picks they could have:
First off I just want to congratulate our local bracket guru Chris O’Malley on winning this year’s BSB March Madness staff pool as he had both Kansas and Kentucky in the final and will win the pool no matter who wins tonight even though he has Kentucky winning it all. For the neighborhood pool Chris could win 500 bucks tonight if Kentucky wins because that would mean he wins the pool. Unfortunately because of a slight copying error by me when he sent his bracket to turn in (I thought he picked Long Beach St in the 2nd round but it said Louisville apparently, common mistake. Cost him 2 points) he will be tied with another guy for the win and the tie-breaker is total points in the game. Chris picked 130 and the other guy picked 139 so if its 134 and lower and a Kentucky win Chris wins $517 and if its 135 or higher and Kentucky wins than Chris only wins $147. Sorry for the error buddy!
There has been a very interesting topic going across the various sport media waves today and that is the question “Could the Kentucky Wildcats beat the Washington Wizards?” The reason why this question is even being asked is because former Maryland basketball coach said something along the lines that Kentucky could beat the Wizards if the Wiz were playing their 3rd game of a back to back to back and it was played at Kentucky’s Rupp arena.
The NBA draft isn’t until June 28th and I am well aware of that but after watching all of this NCAA tournament action I am fired up at seeing all of the talent that the Wizards will have to choose from in this upcoming draft. While it is too early to tell which players will stay and which will go, I am going to assume that all of these players will declare for the NBA draft before the April 29th deadline as they are almost sure-fire top ten picks. As for the Wizards selection is a little complicated because of the way the NBA does it with the lottery but right now we have the 2nd worst record in the league and only have a realistic possibility of having the 2nd or 3rd worst records in the league by seasons end (either us or the Hornets). That being said it is almost a guarantee that we will have a pick somewhere between 1 and 6. I think the Wizards selection will come down to these 7 players that I am about to outline for you, who they select will depend on who is available and what pick they end up getting. I am going to rank the players and divide them into tiers of players I think they are pretty equal with so you will know who I think the Wizards should pick.