The Washington Wizards have had an amazing run of bad luck in recent years. An onslaught of injuries coupled with the antics of one Gilbert Arenas had the franchise spiraling downhill–with no end in sight.
Things are about to change.
The Wizards secured the top-overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by winning the lottery Tuesday night, leaving the New Jersey Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves shocked and saddened.
Irene Pollin, who represented her late husband’s franchise at the lottery, was simply overwhelmed with joy.
The Wizards had just a 10.3 percent chance of landing the top pick. The Nets, represented majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire who hoped to help lure LeBron James to Brooklyn by drafting John Wall, had the best chance of securing the first pick after a 12-win campaign.
Prokhorov had a creepy expression on his face when the Nets landed the third overall pick–he looked like a guy who just caught his wife sleeping with another man. He will certainly make overtures to the Wizards in hopes of swapping first-round picks.
The Wizards have made mistakes in recent years, including the selections of Nick Young and problem-child Andray Blatche. They need to get this one right by keeping the pick and selecting Wall.
The Philadelphia 76ers landed the second pick and face an interesting decision: draft the best player available or draft for need. The Sixers need inside help and already have Andre Iguodala, a player with similar skills to Evan Turner. Selecting Derrick Favors over Turner would take guts, but might make the most sense.
The Sixers rise to the second spot came at the expense of the Timberwolves and Warriors, both of whom are prone to making questionable draft decisions.
The T-Wolves would be wise to target Wes Johnson at No.4, while the Warriors–who the hell knows. DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe would make sense at No. 6, but anything is possible given Don Nelson’s obsession with small-ball.
A complete mock draft coming later today here on ToTheTin.