The infamous NBA Lottery is tomorrow, thus making the draft the first order of business for GM Grunfeld and owner Ted Leonsis to attend to. The Washington Wizards, along with the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Bobcats, New Orleans Hornets, etc. will all be fighting using ping pong balls to earn the rights to the consensus #1 draft pick, Anthony Davis. They have a 19.9% chance of getting the #1 pick, but can pick no worse than fifth. Here are the possible scenarios that would allow the Wizards to have success through the draft:
1. With the number 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select....ANTHONY DAVIS. We won't get into why he should be picked #1 overall. If you're reading this, you should already know.
2. With the second pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select....Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Here's why: This kid might not have a jump-shot yet and may never possess the offensive talent that he should for the small forward position. That being said, he does possess the intangibles, motor, and drive for him and the rest of the team to be successful. He will push the team and showcase the talents to teammates, coaches, and the rest of the league of why he was the #2 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft in addition to the national championship at Kentucky. MKG would come in and start right away as a SF pushing Chris Singleton for solid minutes. Although both are tenacious defenders and have the abilities to guard multiple positions, MKG provides the Wizards with a more polished transition game, something that's absolutely necessary to play with the likes of John Wall. He also provides invaluable rebounding at that position, a statistic that the Wizards sorely lacked in. He clearly will make the Wizards a much better team from the get-go.
3. With the third pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select....Harrison Barnes (given that MKG and Anthony Davis are off the board). Many of you may disagree with this pick and think that either Thomas Robinson or Bradley Beal should be selected here; however, Harrison Barnes possesses an uncanny ability to score in various ways--another aspect the Wizards lack. Currently, power forward isn't considered a need for the Wizards and Bradley Beal just doesn't fit the bill at #3 with other players with more potential available. Although Barnes may not play defense as well as Chris Singleton, Barnes will start just because of his scoring ability. He has the range to shoot all the way from three-point territory and can also easily pull up off the dribble or pick. He will provide a perfect running mate for John Wall to kick out to after driving, looking for Barnes to knock-down the open shot.
4. With the fourth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select...Thomas Robinson (given that MKG, Anthony Davis, and Harrison Barnes are off the board). Once again, many of you may disagree that Beal should be the pick here at #4. The reason for that will be discussed in #5. Thomas Robinson may be undersized for the position at the pro-level, however he was the primary reason that helped his team reach the National Championship game against Kentucky this past year. T-Rob can rebound flat out, another statistic the Wizards are desperate at. His offensive skill set is still quite raw but his defensive prowess will be enough for the Wizards to succeed. He would also come in and start right away, allowing Kevin Seraphin to come off the bench and dominate the opponents' backups with his remarkable hook-shot. Thomas Robinson would be a steal at #4 and would easily fit right in with John Wall.
5. With the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select...Bradley Beal (given that MKG, Anthony Davis, Harrison Barnes, and Thomas Robinson are off the board). Finally I will explain why Bradley Beal should not be picked earlier than fifth: Eric Gordon. Eric Gordon is a free agent and will be a coveted one this offseason. The Wizards are in dire need of star-scoring and experience at the shooting-guard position. Even though Gordon is only 23 years of age and is coming off an injury-plagued season, he is by far a better option at SG than Beal. We cannot expect Beal to come here and getting 20 points per night like we can with Gordon. Enough about Gordon. Although Beal is an excellent shooter, he is under-sized at the position just like Jordan Crawford. This is the reason why the Wizards were dominated by other SG's like Kobe Bryant, Joe Johnson, Dwayne Wade, etc. throughout the year. A reason that Beal SHOULD be drafted here is that he has comparisons to future-Hall of Famer Ray Allen. Anyone compared to Ray Allen comes with great offensive expectations right out of the gate with the Wizards. This would allow the Wizards to move Jordan Crawford to his more natural sixth man of the year-type role. Another reason is that Beal is an above-average rebounder for his position. With Wall and Beal helping out Nene and Seraphin with the boards, the transition game will only improve.
**Yes, Andre Drummond should NOT be drafted by the Wizards. We need help NOW and not someone who's only going to take ample time to develop like Javale McGee.
The first round isn't the only important selections for the Wizards. They also have two second round picks in this immensely talented 2012 NBA draft class.
If the Wizards select a power forward or small forward in the first round, look for them to select phenomenal guards such as Memphis' Will Barton (preferred choice) or Ohio State's Will Buford and Draymond Green out of Michigan St.
If the Wizards select a shooting guard in the first round, look for them to select raw centers or power forwards to add depth to their formidable rim-protectors.