Courtesy of our special BHR contributing writer: Jamaal Matthews (@AllDayMattyJ)
May 30th, Secaucus, New Jersey-
Wizards fans, we are just about 7 days away from the “lottery” selection show created to give the bottom half of the league a shot to try and draft that special player to pull the franchise out of this process all together. With a final regular season record of 20 wins and 46 losses, the Wizards put a firm hold on that 2nd worst record in the NBA. That being said, it feels awesome to not be a Bobcat fan.
This year, Washington holds the best chance for the number 4 selection in the 2012 NBA Draft. I’m not holding my breath for the 1st pick, so I’ll take a more constructive look at who could be available at number 4.
Lottery Chance @ 1st Overall – .199
Lottery Chance @ 4th Overall – .319
With the 4th Pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards Select:
Bradley Beal – G/F Florida
At a generous 6 – 5 listing at Florida, Beal shows great maturity, hustle, and discipline on the defensive side of the ball. In my humble opinion, a good defender can grow to be an offensive threat- that’s not to say he lacks on the offensive side of the ball. He is also a legit thumper; check out the 2012 Dunk of The Year clip as he one hand bangs on South Carolina’s Demontre Harris.
At the number 4 pick, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The draft is no exact science, but the potential for a superstar is always a possibility. KD wasn’t the sexiest pick either – won’t go into details but, Greg Oden is a confessed alcoholic, and KD is practically salting away the Lake Show single-handedly. It is not WHERE you select- but WHO you select.
Much has been made of the “OKC” process to date. I’d love to have the same type of success as OKC, but we must remember this- what happens for some, does not happen for all. OKC drafted their way to success, but there were good picks and management moves in the process. The absorption of bad contracts in the beginning of the Leonsis era mirrors what the Thunder did to acquire Russel Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, two pieces of the machine that is the Oklahoma City Thunder. The fact that there is a difference of culture is the most important piece of the model. I hope that the Wizards front office takes this in to account first and foremost.
If the Washington Wizards win the Draft Lottery for the 1st pick, disregard the entire post, and check out the show Magic City on Starz Network.