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Wizards can't afford to come up short in draft

Comments locked last night for our "Be The GM" contest, and it has been a gloriously hedonistic romp through fantasy land.  But the truth for most, if not all of us, is that we could care less if a blockbuster trade goes through as long as Ernie Grunfeld drafts smart without compromising future draft selections.  Of course, our ideas of drafting smart differ on a fan-to-fan basis.  DC fans appreciate off-season fireworks, with Dan Snyder in town how could it be otherwise...but we don't need to see them, not yet.  Especially having lived through the results of those fireworks when they're premature or been on the shelves too long, so to speak.

The prevailing opinion on the internet has been that this is a terrible draft, which just isn't the case.  Weak at the top, a hard look at the 2011 class reveals plenty of potential role players who can fill needs for the Wizards.  Especially since, you know, we could use help everywhere but PG (although I think a Nick Young resigning settles SG and a backup PG wouldn't go amiss in the second round excepting a Euro big man draft and stash).  But role players, you may be thinking?  A need?  Yup.

First of all, there are plenty of players who become integral drafted in the middle of the first round.  While the 2009 draft class holds no fond memories for us, only Timberwolves fans should shudder more.  Drafted four PGs and the only one to produce thus far was traded away after being drafted mid-late first, fueling another franchise's rebuilding process.  So while the star probability is low in this draft, there are still plenty of guys who can become impact players.  Define impact as Nick Young on the 2010/11 Chicago Bulls.  Tangentially, if the Bulls are able to draft Marshon Brooks, we may not have to worry about a bidding war for NY's services.

But back to the roleplayers, don't we have enough right now?  Well, enough for what?  Sure, we can just sign a few off the street when we're ready to contend, I suppose.  That's putting the cart so far ahead of the horse that it may as well be an X-wing.  This has been a familiar theme for me, but we're starting to see the nucleus of a blue-collar culture coming together in Washington.  Picking up the third year option on a prospect like Trevor Booker is as routine and automatic as putting on your socks before your shoes, but here's what @Trevor_Booker had to say: