With the NBA draft on Thursday night, Wizards fans are all but reminded of the incompetency of the organization; Kwame Brown over Pau Gasol and Tyson Chandler, Jared Jeffries and Juan Dixon over Tayshaun Prince and Carlos Boozer, Oleskiy Pecherov (who???) over Rajon Rondo, just to name a few.
The most recent blunder could be more damaging than all of those past failures, combined. Since Ted Leonsis took over, the goal has been to build with youth. The team actually made the smart basketball decision taking John Wall with the top pick two years ago (even if it was the logical move), but since then it has been back to ineptitude. Picking Jan Vesely last year over Kawhi Leonard can at least be considered explainable (at best), but the moves since have completely destructed the only asset the Wizards possess worth a damn (outside of Wall of course) in their financial flexibility.
Removing the knuckleheads from the locker room made all too much sense; they were actually more detrimental to their stud point guard’s progress. But the way the front office went about the process has completely shattered their cap consciousness. Not to the mention, they basically received nothing for Nick Young and gave up a high second round pick in one of the deepest drafts in the past decade. Adding the hefty contracts of Nene, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza all but ensures the team will not be players in free agency for the foreseeable future.
In the upcoming seasons, James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Eric Gordon, Dwight Howard, Al Jefferson and Josh Smith are most likely to test the free agent market; the Wizards will not be players for any of them. Instead the team is stuck with large, unmovable contracts for two injury prone undersized (and under performing), aging centers with similar skill sets and a small forward with a lack of a perimeter game.
Everyone now believes the Wizards have all but ensured picking Bradley Beal Thursday night, the sharp shooter from Florida, but with this franchise’s draft history, anything can happen. Unless they hit a home run with the third pick (and with their track record the chances are slim), the Wizards will again muddle in mediocrity until John Wall leaves and the rebuild starts all over again.