After going for Hasheem Thabeet in the SB Nation mock draft, I changed my mind and went for Stephen Curry in the Ball Don't Lie mock draft that's going to run all week.
The selection of Stephen Curry therefore is as much about other teams as it is about the Wizards. The Knicks, Bobcats, Timberwolves and Blazers are among several teams who have expressed interest in Curry. Curry can offer much more in a trade than Thabeet, Hill or other prospects.
But even if Curry is kept, he can offer a lot to the Wizards. It’s true the Wizards need defense badly, and it’s true that, in taking Curry, I’m passing up on the best defensive center in the draft. But as strange as it sounds, the Wizards are set enough at center to pass on Thabeet. Brendan Haywood(notes), assuming a healthy recovery, is a very underrated player. He’s never received the credit he deserves for his defense because he is single-handedly forced to cover for the defensive limitations of Butler, Arenas and Jamison. In addition, the Wizards already posses a top-notch center prospect behind Haywood in JaVale McGee(notes), who made major strides last year. They don’t need yet another project center.
The rest of my reasoning, along with yet another fired shot at those who think the Wizards are cutting salary, is here.