I'm sure you've heard about a million times by now that the draft class of 2012 is very deep and very promising. You know why? Because it's very true. Apart from the phenomenon that is Anthony Davis, the top 10 or so players in this draft are not separated by much and all have tremendous NBA potential. With the Wizards likely having a pick at the very top of the lottery this year (even with this Nene fueled resurgence), it cannot be understated how important this draft will be in terms of determining the long term future of this team.
Players I would love for Ernie to draft
I don't think I can overstate how much I love Anthony Davis. I truly think that he is going to be a superstar in the NBA from day one. He may not score you 20 points per game (who cares?), but he will take the phrase "stuffing the stat sheet" to a whole new level. If you have the number one pick, take Anthony Davis and sit back as he develops into one of the finest players in the NBA. It's pretty simple. After the number one pick, it's not.
Not only has Robinson distinguished himself as a skilled face up and post up player this season, he's also proven to be an absolute beast on the boards. While he may be a tad undersized to play PF in the NBA, his ferocity and raw productivity more than make up for it. T-Rob is the kind of guy who will get you at least 10 rebounds a night, with the potential to be an excellent scoring option. His ability to hit the mid range jumper also makes him an attractive pairing with Wall. If Anthony Davis is off the board, Robinson, should be at the top of the Wizards' draft list.
Unlike Robinson and Davis, there are a few things about Lamb that set off red flags in the minds of NBA gm's. He's not a natural leader, and generally lacks aggressiveness when he's on the floor. On the other hand, Lamb's refined and efficient game bodes well for future NBA success. As much as he and the rest of his team have struggled since the new year, Lamb still boasts a sparkling 58.9 TS% and would likely fill the gaping hole on the wing in Washington.
A great post up player that crashes the boards with a vengeance, Sullinger's size and weight are the only reasons he's not going in the top 5. While he's fine at the college level, there's a worry that Jared will have a lot of trouble getting the ball over bigger defenders at the NBA level. He will likely fall to the mid lottery this year (somewhere around the 10th pick) which is, in my opinion, a great bargain. The Wizards will almost certainly be picking higher, but if possible, I'd love for Ernie to trade for a pick around there and snatch up Sullinger.
Honorable mention I don't have the energy to write about: Arnett Moultrie
Players I think Ernie should stay away from
While he is an athletic ball handler and a gifted spot up shooter, Barnes is the kind of player that I think will fail to stand out at the NBA level. In college he's resigned himself to almost exclusively shooting jumpers, and tends to pull up rather than drive to the rim and finish. I'm worried he'll be the type of bust that Wesley Johnson is; content to sit on the three point line and jack up shots when he has the ability to do so much more.
Going into the season, Drummond was likely considered the consensus top pick. His physical tools are off the charts; he looks like a franchise center. Unfortunately, he just doesn't play like it. Drummond struggled mightily at UCONN this year, and I don't think his prodigious raw ability guarantees that he eventually figures it out. In fact, there is a long history of players with supreme talent simply failing to succeed in the NBA (Do I really need to say his name?)
Don't get me wrong, I love MKG. I just don't love him at two (where many believe he will be taken). Putting him on this list is more a function of the fact that I don't think he's anywhere near someone like Robinson. His teammate, Terrence Jones, is a very similar player who's going much later.
Dishonorable mentions: Meyers Leonard, Austin Rivers (obviously we'd never draft him, but still)