Here we go again.
It's an all too familiar spot for the Washington pro basketball team as for the fourth straight season the Wizards have a lottery selection with the third overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft. After a 20-46 record last season, the Wizards hope they can pluck the right player who can help them turn the franchise around and avoid the lottery next summer.
With the 1 pick from 2010 in guard John Wall the focus and future of the franchise, the Wizards have to put the right pieces around him, and they have another shot at doing that with this third overall pick.
A year ago at this time, the Wizards arguably did not do that by selecting a bit of a project in forward Jan Vesely who struggled in his rookie season. This year's top 10 pick has to have a much more productive season than Vesely's 4 points and 3 rebounds a game if Washington wants to start heading in the right direction, and that would be making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
So what will the win-starved Wizards do with their first round pick?
If Bradley Beal is available at 3, expect the Wizards to take the 6'-4" shooting guard out of Florida. If Charlotte takes Beal at 2, then that's when things get interesting. The Wizards would then likely choose between power forward Thomas Robinson out of Kansas, Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and North Carolina swing-man Harrison Barnes.
With the team stockpiled at power forward, would the Wizards skip taking Robinson and focus on scoring small forwards like Kidd-Gilchrist or Barnes? That seems to be the more logical scenario even though Robinson would probably be the best player available at that point of the draft.
The Wizards have made it abundantly clear they need an outside scorer. We will see if they get their man tonight.