The Wizards Will Take....
Don't ask me. I'm too busy covering surprise birthday parties for 16-year-olds. Also, I'm trying to get credentialed for the Draft. On a typical year, the NBA invites something like 15 or 16 bright young Shining Stars to the Green Room for Draft Day. The Wiz pick 16th. But a few of the early selections will likely be of the non-Green Room vintage, meaning there's probably a 17.46 percent chance that the Wiz take someone who actually is in the Green Room, in which case I'd be able to write 1,746 words on his or her wardrobe. Well, his, probably.
Anyhow, at the end of the season, some TV producer type gave me a Washington Wizards t-shirt, plus I have a bunch of leftover "Gilbert Arenas For MVP" posters I managed to pilfer, so I'm willing to give away all these goods to whomever correctly predicts the Wizards draft pick, in the space below. To start your brain muscles, I'll include some of the thoughts of the experts, who are so expert that I'm willing to guess the Wizards take someone not listed below, although I'm unwilling to back up those strong words with a pick of my own.
ESPN.com's Chad Ford (unavailable to mere mortals): Nick Young, SG, Southern Cal
NBADraft.Net: Jason Smith, PF, Colorado State
CollegeHoops.Net: Acie Law, Awesome, Texas A&M
Inside Hoops: Josh McRoberts, F, Duke (Of course, at this writing, Roy Hibbert is still going in the Lottery, so maybe this isn't the best mock draft in the world.)
RealGM: Rudy Fernandez, SG, Spain (Because the Wiz haven't gone after enough Spanish guards yet....)
FoxSports.com: Josh McRoberts, Booooo, Duke
HoopsHype: Jason Smith, PF, Colorado State (Quote: "Not always as tough as you'd hope." Sounds like a perfect fit.)
CSTV: Possible picks include Jason Smith, Nick Young and Tiago Splitter of Brazil, who would surely become friends with DCU's Fred, and possibly with the Nats' Dmitri Young, who throws a splitter.
SI.com: Tiago Splitter, Brazil, and I wonder exactly how Gilbert would haze a Brazilian rookie, and whether he'd again do the bathtub-full-of-coffee, or maybe coffee beans?
DraftExpress: Jason Smith, PF, Colorado State (Ok, so there's sort of a consensus here.)
D.C. Pro Sports Report: Nick Young, Can't-Shoot-Worse-Than-DeShawn, Southern Cal
Ivan Carter, Official Wizards Beat Writer: No pick given.
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