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Pollin': Draft Rewind 2004


While Ernie Grunfeld's Caron for Kwame trade is undoubtedly the best move of his tenure as Wizards' GM so far, the Jamison for Stackhouse and Harris trade was a great move in its own right. Not only did we get rid of Stack, who never meshed with Arenas and couldn't seem to deal with the fact that he wasn't the man anymore, but we were able to get a better player that was a tremendous fit alongside Agent Zero.

I don't think anyone would say that they wish they could go back in time and undo the trade. But let's say that for whatever reason the trade falls through and you'lre left with the 5th pick in the draft and Jerry Stackhouse. What would you have done with the pick? Here are your options:

Draft Josh Childress: The knock on Childress is that he's someone that does a lot of things well, but he doesn't do anything great. While that may be true, you have to figure that his good, but not great defense would still be better than most of the rest of team's D and if nothing else, would've been a better do-it-all option than Jared Jeffries. Just make sure that you don't ever let him get a passport.

Draft Luol Deng: The most complete player in the 6-10 range in the draft, Deng would give the team someone that could give you some solid scoring and rebounding at SF and make Stackhouse even more expendable. However, if you take Deng than you're probably not going to land Caron Butler a year later, which means that you just might have to trade Kwame for (gasp!) market value.

Draft Andre Iguodala: Iggy has the higher scoring average than Deng or Childress but he's not quite as good as a passer or rebounder and he has a slightly lower FG%. On the bright side, you'd have another Wildcat to pair with Arenas and he would add gobs of athleticism to the team.

Stick with Harris: Arenas + Harris = Fastest backcourt ever

Trade up: The top two picks are probably off-limits, but with the right offer, you just might get that #3 or #4 pick. The question you must ask is if Ben Gordon or Shaun Livingston are worth making a move.

Trade down: If you find the Childress/Deng/Iguodala trifecta underwhelming, you could always trade down to get someone like Andris Biedrins, Josh Smith, or Al Jefferson. Then again, you could end up trading down for the immortal Robert Swift or Sebastian Telfair. Hey, I never said this would be easy.

Draft Rafael Araujo: He could still pan out right? Right?