I know, I know, it's the greatest draft since Jesus Christ chose Zedediah as Mr. Irrelevant and a young walk on named John "The" Baptist lot the summer league on fire. The rest is history.
History is a funny thing. Less than a year ago Alex Poythress, Shabazz Muhammad, Stephen Adams, Isaiah Austin, James Macadoo, Tony Mitchell and Archie Goodwin were a good chunk of the class of the class.
While its easier to shake up a list of shaky prospects than next years better list, some truths remain.
We are still going on these kids playing high school competition. They've yet to be exposed under the limelight. And under these lights, strange mutations happen. You think anyone was taking about Shabazz's realistic ceiling as being a "more perimeter oriented and less effective Carl Landry" - in an attempt to counteract negative press - a year ago?
The 2014 class is never going to seem as sparkling as it does now. Some guys hype avalanches are going to slow. Sure, an Otto or Oladipo type or 3 will hit a ton of 3s and shoot up boards, a big man will look more coordinated than we thought. A PG will grow 2 inches. But that's new hype. It doesn't feel as secure as knowing a guy dominated high schoolers. For whatever reason.
The amount of teams looking to secure an extra pick is never going to be as high as it is now. Overachieving teams are much more likely to say "screw it" and mortgage chunks of their future than underachieving teams are to face reality and reload for the future.
We are in the very definition of a sellers market, and while our franchises luck screams not to do it. What better way fdo we have of acquiring a relatively sure thing? GMs know we were damn good most of last year. But with a glut of guys coming back - Rose, Rondo, Bynum, etc. we might still end up in the lottery.
I say fortune favors the bold. I say our chances of adding a long term difference maker via trade are better than holding onto the pick just in case wee are awful.
The risk is huge, but what could the Wizards- who have landed in the top 6 in 4 straight lotteries get for a golden ticket?
I bet it would make the most ardent 2014 supporter sit up and take notice.
keep an open mind.