First off, I am amped for this game tonight. We are forever in debt to the Nets, who, for reasons unknown to the thinking man, hurled themselves in front of Toronto and in line for a peaking Miami Heat squad for apparently no reason. Their sacrifice was not in vein however, as we are steamrolling their would be offensively challenged foe and will likely to face the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference in the next round. I don't know who made the call to tank the last regular season game against the lowly Cavs but whoever you are, we Wizards fans thank you.
On the morning before our triumphant victory in game 5, sending us to the second round for the first time since before I could drive, I would like to remind everyone why we can never go back to the lottery again. In fact, we can never get so bad where we attempt to "rebuild" through the draft again.
Yes, it is true that our two best players were high draft picks. And yes, they are largely responsible for our turn around. It is also true that without incredible luck to land the number one pick when we had almost no shot of getting it , we would still be a pretty awful team. Thank god Wall fell into our lap.
So what's the point of this post? Well, I was bored and I decided to look through our draft history today. What I saw was so disturbing, I almost had to look away. I suggest those of you who aren't easily frightened check it out. For many of you, this may be the first time you have seen this kind of horror in its entirety, but nevertheless, it's a truth we all need to put behind us as Wizards fans.
Here is the basic summary:
- The only two players we drafted that were serviceable to our franchise are Wall and Beal.
- We are responsible for drafting the GOAT mega-bust Kwame Brown
- Other notable top 20 picks were the likes of Jan, Singleton, Pecherov, Hayes, Jefferies, Dixon, SwaggyP, Shaqtin a fool Javale, and Otto
- The scary part is aside from Wall and Beal, the gentleman mentioned above encompass every top 20 pick we have had in the last 15 years.
- We also traded away our 5th pick to the Wolves for Mike Miller and Randy Foye. Steph Curry was drafted 7th.