As one of the biggest bashers of the Ernie Grunfield regime with the Washington Wizards, I have to give him props for his late choices in the 2nd round. As we all should know anyone picked in the 40's has a very long shot of contributing to the team, much less even making the team. Here we go:
2005- Pick #49: Andray Blatch- Even though he is a knucklehead he is still in the league contributing nicely with the Nets.
2006- Pick #48: Vladimir Veremeenko- He has never played in the NBA. His draft rights were traded for Kirk Hinrich, the rights to the 17th pick in the draft (Kevin Seraphin) and $3million. The Wizards then sent Kirk to the Atlanta Hawks for Jordan Crawford and a #1 pick. Not bad at all. He is still playing professionally overseas and has won numberous Russian championships. I guess he just likes playing in his home country of Russia.
2007- Pick #47: Dominic McGuire- Dominic played 6 years in the NBA with 3 of those with the Wizards. In his second year he started 57 games. That is a very productive 2nd round pick.
2008- Pick #47: Bill Walker- Drafted by the Wizards and then SOLD to the Celtics. Played 4 years in the NBA including 8 playoff games. Averaged 22 minutes a game for New Yorks 4 playoff games in 2011.
So good news Wizards Fans. It appears that we have Ernie right where we want him: Drafting at #46.