Power Rankings: Last 10 Wizards Drafts
#10 - 2006
The 2006 draft saw the Wizards looking to go International. Their two selections, however, Ukranian center Oleksiy Pecherov with the 18th pick and Russian forward Vladimir Veremeenko as the 48th, only saw a total of 3 NBA seasons and very few productive minutes in the front court.
#9 - 2011
The 2011 Draft saw a great opportunity go to waste after a promising first season for rookie point guard John Wall. With their two first-round selections the Wizards took Czech big man Jan Vesely with the 6th pick and FSU wing Chris Singleton with the 18th, as well as picking up point guard Shelvin Mack early in the 2nd. The Wizards chose Vesely over players such as Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, and Klay Thompson.
#8 - 2014
The 2014 Draft for the Wizards may be one of missed opportunities. After the team selected Missouri shooting guard Jordan Clarkson with the 46th overall pick, they traded his rights to the L.A. Lakers for cash considerations. Clarkson would go on to flourish in his first NBA season, earning NBA All-Rookie honors and averaging 11.9 PPG.
#7 - 2009
The 2009 Draft was a thin one for the Wizards, as the team selected shooting guard Jermaine Taylor with the 32nd overall pick before trading him to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations.
#6 - 2008
The Wizards hoped they'd solidify the center position for years to come when they selected supremely athletic JaVale McGee with the 18th pick of the first round. Unfortunately, McGee would arguably more become known for his comical mishaps than dazzling dunks. Taken over other front-court players such as Serge Ibaka and DeAndre Jordan, McGee was traded in 2012 to the Denver Nuggets.
#5 - 2007
The 2007 draft saw the beginning of a rough couple of years for the Wizards, transitioning from the Gilbert Arenas era to a team led by 2007 first-round pick Nick Young. Young would go on to have several productive years for the Wizards, but was traded in 2012 along with McGee.
#4 - 2013
The 2013 draft gave way to high hopes with third overall pick and local Georgetown product Otto Porter Jr., as well as Glen Rice Jr. in the second round. Though Rice was eventually released by the team after an unfortunate string of injuries, Porter showed signs of promise in late 2015 with his strong defensive motor and rebounding ability, figuring to have firm place in the rotation going forward.
#3 - 2005
It's not often a team finds a gem in the late second round of the NBA Draft. That's exactly what occurred, though, in 2005 when the Wizards selected forward Andray Blatche with the 49th pick out of South Kent High School. After a slow start to his career, Blatche blossomed into a productive forward, including a 2010-11 season averaging 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
#2 - 2012
In searching for a perfect compliment to star point-guard John Wall, GM Ernie Grunfeld couldn't have dreamed for a better fit than sharp-shooting shooting Bradley Beal from Florida. After Beal surprisingly fell to the Wizards at the 3rd overall pick, he was quickly selected in hopes to seal up a formidable back-court for years to come. And, averaging over 16 ppg and shooting over 40% from three-point range the last two seasons, it looks all but sealed.
#1 - 2010
Franchise players are hard to find - it often comes down to being in the right draft spot at the right time. The Wizards, holding the 1st overall pick in the 2010 draft, found just that in point guard John Wall out of Kentucky. Wall, possessing breathtaking athleticism and phenomenal court-vision, has developed into one of the NBA's top point guards and additionally into the true leader and face of the Wizards franchise. And, currently only 24 years old, the best is likely still to come.
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