For the fourth straight year, the Wizards are at the mercy of ping-pong balls.
At 19.9 percent, the Wizards have the second best chance at getting the top selection in the NBA's draft lottery on Wednesday night.
If the Wizards somehow can get lucky like they did in 2010 and snag the first pick, the outlook is immediately much brighter. With the No. 1 pick they would take Kentucky center Anthony Davis, who is considered the cream of this year's draft crop.
Davis had scouts drooling in his only season at Kentucky where he averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.5 steals a game in leading the Wildcats to the National Championship.
In the title game win over Kansas, Davis had an unforgettable line, scoring just 6 points but grabbing 16 rebounds, with 6 blocks to go along with 5 assists. Davis showed he doesn't have to score to have a big impact on a game.
The 6'-10" Davis just turned 19, but he played beyond his years and was a dominant force in college ball last season. He won every possible national player of the year award. Davis has the potential to not only be a good NBA player, but a great one.
That's why getting the No. 1 pick in this year's draft is considered so important. Davis is good enough to help turn around any moribund franchise.
Think about it. Couple Davis and guard John Wall, the 2010 1 pick, and the Wizards would have a solid one-two punch for years to come and the notion they are not that far off from completing the rebuild becomes a reality.
Fighting with D.C. for that top spot is Charlotte, with the greatest odds of getting the 1 pick at 25 percent, and then Cleveland and New Orleans with a 13 percent chance each at the top pick.
If the Wizards don't get lucky, they are guaranteed no worse than the fifth overall pick. But let's face it: Davis is the belle of this NBA draft ball, and not getting him would be a big disappointment.