Draft Night

The history of the 18th pick isn't exactly sexy. Take a look at the last few years in decending order: Marco Belinelli (GS), Oleksiy Pecherov (Wiz), Gerald Green (Boston - now on way out of league), J.R. Smith (New Orleans - has become pretty solid player in Denver), David West (New Orleans - ok, he's an all star).

Players taken after 18 in recent drafts: David Lee (30), Monta Ellis (40 - oops), Kevin Martin (26 - oops), Anderson Flopijao (30), Boris Diaw (21), Leandro Barbosa (28), Josh Howard (29 - oops), Tayshaun Prince (23 - oops), Carlos Boozer (35 - oops), Brendan Haywood (20), Tony Parker (28 - big oops) and who can forget Gilbert Arenas (31 - big, big oops).


Nothing poppin' here at the VC so far. It's quiet though it's probably not that way in the Wiz war room which I will never be allowed to enter. A few of my final thoughts until later postings tonight:
-The team brought in Donte Greene of Syracuse and Darrell Arthur of Kansas at the last minute for a reason.

-Other interesting guys the Wiz worked out leading up to tonight: Marreese Speights, Mario Chalmers, J.J. Hickson and Jason Thompson.

-Keep an eye on Walter Sharpe for that 47th pick. The Wizards worked him out twice.

By Ivan Carter |  June 26, 2008; 5:55 PM ET
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All the Wiz need in another player like Brendan Haywood and they are set.

Posted by: stro | June 26, 2008 6:15 PM

Thanks for the updates, Ivan. I'm looking forward to having a few cold ones and watching how things play out. Wiz don't have a great draft history, but they're bound to get lucky some day.

Posted by: Mike in SD | June 26, 2008 6:17 PM

I LOVE SPEIGHTS!

EG said in a recent interview he reads your blog Ivan. PLEASE TELL EG to draft SPEIHTS!!!

draftexpress was impressed to the max
Check out this workout they had with him.
http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Marreese-Speights-1183/

We walked away from the first day shaking our head at what we witnessed--a 6-10, 20-year old power forward who is about as skilled a big man facing the basket as you will find in this draft. "He's really more skilled than anyone knows," Joe Abunassar told us. The first thing you notice is how fundamentally sound Speights' shooting mechanics are. He's got a natural, flawless stroke, showing small-forward like elevation creating separation from his defender, a high release point, excellent body control on his fade-aways, great technique squaring his shoulders and his hips simultaneously in perfect unison--and not surprisingly, getting unbelievable results in the process. He operates strictly on the balls of his feet as he catches and fires away, draining shot after shot from 16-18 feet with machine-like efficiency, and then proceeding to step-away and knock down college and even NBA 3-pointers with impressive accuracy as well.

In the post, he has a beautiful hook-shot and an even prettier turn-around jumper, to go along with great hands, length and size for his position and excellent agility finishing around the hoop. On top of that, there was nothing resembling any of the problems Speights had with his conditioning back at Florida, as he's looking to be in phenomenal shape and had no problem at all finishing up his workout in very strong fashion. "He has really has worked on his body and conditioning," Abunassar told us. Needless to say, we came away almost floored at what we saw--telling basically anyone that would listen that we're talking about a starting NBA power forward any day of the week.

I seriously think he may be the best big man in this draft!!

RealGM loves Speights as well.

http://www.realgm.com/src_fromtherafters/175/20080606/draft_report_marreese_speights_of_florida/

NOt to mention in college how ridiculously good his per 40 minutes stats were.

Freshman year: 28 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, 68% FG (played 6 mpg)

Sophomore year: 25.5 points, 14.2 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, and 64% FG (played 22 mpg)

Posted by: arenasmvp4ever | June 26, 2008 6:25 PM

Thanks for the update Ivan! It's Showtime!! I got my brews, and I'm ready to yell at the TV either in joy or in anger I'm gonna be doin some yelling tonight!!!!!

Go Wizards!!!!

Posted by: Darnell | June 26, 2008 6:54 PM

I just hope the Wizards FINALLY get a player who can/will come through big time for them, and they have a healthy season.

Posted by: skyerocket1969@aol.com | June 26, 2008 8:21 PM

"Brook" and "Robin" Lopez...

Who picked these names?

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 26, 2008 8:31 PM

Getting closer to 18, guess a deal is less likely.

BTW, Joe Alexander is going to be a flop. And no disrespect to Augustin, but MJ can't draft for shi... poop.

Posted by: Kev | June 26, 2008 8:35 PM

"BTW, Joe Alexander is going to be a flop. And no disrespect to Augustin, but MJ can't draft for shi... poop.

Posted by: Kev | June 26, 2008 8:35 PM "

Can't blame MJ for this.

Larry Brown is the new coach, and picked the guard he wants to run the team.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 26, 2008 8:36 PM

Indiana passes on Hibbert.

Looks like he may fall to the Wiz.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 26, 2008 8:37 PM

They'll go big at 17.

Posted by: GMGM | June 26, 2008 8:43 PM

kev, apparantly you haven't seen joe play, maybe your right maybe your WRONG.

Posted by: big daddy | June 26, 2008 8:44 PM

Maybe I'll be wrong about Adam Morrison Jr, we'll see.

The Big East was monster overrated last year

Posted by: Kev | June 26, 2008 8:52 PM

Oh boy...it's 9pm already...somebody give Dickie V. his glass of warm milk so he can get to bed.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 26, 2008 8:55 PM

i hope your wrong, but he does have a long way to go. but i will say this, i think he is a better, stronger and more ath. than morrison. time will tell. I hope the wiz don't pick hibbert.

Posted by: big daddy | June 26, 2008 8:57 PM

there goes speights, here comes hibbert?

Posted by: big daddy | June 26, 2008 9:05 PM

Oh boy....looks like the Wiz missed out on a good inside force...speights...

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 26, 2008 9:05 PM

Arthur??

I'm not as down on Hibbert as most. I think he could help off the bench and might get better.

Posted by: Kev | June 26, 2008 9:05 PM

we are next we better still trade down

Posted by: Domo | June 26, 2008 9:06 PM

My gut says Arthur or Chalmers.

Posted by: Ivan | June 26, 2008 9:07 PM

Boo hoo. Hibbert is gone...
WE NEED CHALMERS!!!

Posted by: Truthsayer | June 26, 2008 9:09 PM

yea, i bet it's either arthur or chalmers.

Posted by: big daddy | June 26, 2008 9:09 PM

wow! could all the draft boards be right about our pick....but only by default because they were wrong about all the other big men?

Posted by: JC | June 26, 2008 9:10 PM

Chalmers...need someone like that. don't need another tall, skinny player. have enough of those. or trade down and take JJ!

Posted by: LudaChris | June 26, 2008 9:10 PM

Koufos!

It's pretty embarrassing for Big Roy to be drafted after the Lopez stiffs.

I bet Hansborough would have been drafted high if he came out.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 26, 2008 9:11 PM

Give us Greene!

Posted by: Jason | June 26, 2008 9:12 PM

Ugh, this pick sucks. McGee has bust written all over him. This guy isnt close to contributing.

Posted by: Roman | June 26, 2008 9:14 PM

OMG!!!!

Javele McGeee = AB Jr.!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 26, 2008 9:14 PM

i doubt hansborough would've been picked higher than hibbert.....

but um, wow, mcgee? did we jsut pick another player purposely because we hope he won't play for us for a couple of years?

Posted by: JC | June 26, 2008 9:14 PM

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Javale McGee?????

Posted by: Truthsayer | June 26, 2008 9:14 PM

JaVale...i guess you take the home run swing!

Posted by: LudaChris | June 26, 2008 9:15 PM

WOW!!!

Posted by: big daddy | June 26, 2008 9:15 PM

Wow!

Ernie wanted Hibbert, that seems clear with that pick.

Welcome JaVale, hope he's ready to play some D

Posted by: Kev | June 26, 2008 9:16 PM

Same old Wizards !!!!!

Posted by: BD | June 26, 2008 9:17 PM

Boo

Posted by: Rook | June 26, 2008 9:17 PM

indiana is starting to confuse me. didn't they just trade for tj ford? so basically they have jarret jack to play backup? or augustin? 3 point guards? odd.....

Posted by: JC | June 26, 2008 9:17 PM

How come Arthur wasn't the pick here? Doesn't make any sense at all. Arthur could be a steal. I love Ernie, but his drafting is very questionable. I dont like Nick Young at all, and McGee is someone I worry about a ton.

Posted by: Roman | June 26, 2008 9:18 PM

Please tell me we are trading this guy somewhere. Koufos and Arthur are both better than this clown.

Posted by: Andrew | June 26, 2008 9:19 PM

-_-

Posted by: Jason | June 26, 2008 9:19 PM

Wow all that waiting and im disappointed as hell

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 9:19 PM

I trust Ernie's viewpoint - and respect that he didnt go with college hype when making the pick. He wanted physique, not tournament pedigree. We'll see. It's important not to listen to Jay Bilas.

Posted by: Kev | June 26, 2008 9:19 PM

and if you're going to take a guy on strictly potential, why not DeAndre Jordan?

Posted by: Andrew | June 26, 2008 9:20 PM

From RealGM.com
"McGee will be one of the worst defenders in the NBA initially and be the bane of his coach's existence on that side of the ball."

Good luck coach Ayers...

Posted by: Truthsayer | June 26, 2008 9:22 PM

I agree with Andrew, should have taken Jordan instead. I think this pick is going to be what fans point to as why Grunfeld gets canned. McGee at 18? Really?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 9:24 PM

wasted pick. very disapponting by Ernie. arthur and hickson were both there for the taking. this sucks. maybe chalmers falls to 47. ha.

Posted by: pepcoenergy3 | June 26, 2008 9:24 PM

"How come Arthur wasn't the pick here? Doesn't make any sense at all. Arthur could be a steal. I love Ernie, but his drafting is very questionable. I dont like Nick Young at all, and McGee is someone I worry about a ton."

completely agree, this guy is not going to have a impact this year, i would have rather seen us trade the pick for a future first rounder than this.

Lets hope he was drafting for someone else maybe? probably not the case though. Was also disappointed to see Hibbs go at 17, i would be satisfied if we grabbed him. Oh well unless we do something during the offseason i see another first round exit.

Posted by: Johansen | June 26, 2008 9:24 PM

arthur has seriously dropped for some reason......koufos, hickson too.......makes you rethink all that pre-draft talk about how well koufos and hickson were working out....

basically, mcgee is a player we won't be able to really know about for another 2-3 years....

Posted by: JC | June 26, 2008 9:24 PM

is ernie becoming the next matt millen, horrible pick!!!

Posted by: big daddy | June 26, 2008 9:25 PM

re: RealGM

Ouch!!

Posted by: Kev | June 26, 2008 9:25 PM

i'd rather have hansborough than this stiff

Posted by: charles | June 26, 2008 9:26 PM

Why not JJ Hickson here? At least he'd bring some muscle down low. This guy won't see the court after training camp.

Posted by: BJ | June 26, 2008 9:26 PM

Although i would have liked chalmers, getting bigs in the draft works too. We need as many bodies trying to compete for the back up 4 and 5 spots as possible. Brendan had a solid year, but no one else(Etan, Darius, AB) has really played over the last two years like they want to fill this teams needs. If McGee can fill a hole when Darius and Etan's contracts expire, this will look great in a couple of years.

Posted by: Truthsayer | June 26, 2008 9:28 PM

Sign Juan Carlos Navarro!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 9:28 PM

What a joke not only this horrible pick, but this blog. Live updates my ass.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 9:28 PM

Time to blow up this team and start again. Get rid of everyone except Caron.

Posted by: Jamie | June 26, 2008 9:30 PM

I thought they already had this guy on the roster. Some dude named Blatche, right? Wow. I really don't get this pick.

Posted by: Billy Dee | June 26, 2008 9:30 PM

Good pick!!! I originally wanted Roy H. But I also knew he wouldn't fit with the Wiz since they play speed ball. Javele McGee can run the floor and he is not another AB except body wise. Once this dude get beef up we should be tough to beat. Of course this mean within 2 years from now. The thing to do now is not to resign Arenas or Jamison to a hefty contract. And if they're not resigned I look to trade all the old players now (except Haywood) and build onto the future -- we wont be that far off.

Posted by: DEMJ | June 26, 2008 9:30 PM

I hate this pick but I doubt Ernie gets fired over it. I agree with someone on here who said that Hibbert was gonna be the pick. I hate Indiana!!!

Posted by: C.Bell | June 26, 2008 9:30 PM

Oh and keep Caron.

Posted by: DEMJ | June 26, 2008 9:31 PM

where is ivan

Posted by: domo | June 26, 2008 9:31 PM

NBA Comparison: Andrew Bynum/Patrick O'Bryant
Strengths: Long athletic bigman who is absolutely bursting with potential ... Runs the floor exceptionally well ... Improving at a rapid pace on both ends of the floor. Has freakishly long arms: around a 7-6 wingspan which makes him a great rebounder and shot blocker ... Can really become a force defensively when he adds strength and discipline on opponent's shot fakes ... His length makes it extremely difficult for opponents to get shots over ... His offensive game is showing a lot of promise with developing back to the basket skills. He even shows some ability to face the basket and make drives or spot up ... Has a competitive spirit that is not apparent in many bigmen who picked up the game because of their size. A late bloomer who went underrecruited out of Chicago. McGee's parents were both professional basketball players so he has been around the game from a young age ... Shows solid form and touch on his shot ... Has a tremendous frame which should allow him to get much stronger and retain his great agility and athleticism ... Gives great effort and shows very good stamina for a bigman his age ... Added strength will give him better balance and make him a lot more effective imposing his will inside ... Has the potential to be a top 5-10 center in the league someday (if he's patient about entering the NBA) ... Has even shown the ability to knock down shots from college 3, no question influenced by the presence of Nick Fazekas last year ...

Weaknesses: Still must gain maturity. He gets frustrated far too easily and loses his composure quickly when calls go against him, or when he's struggling ... Still growing into his body and game, learning what he's capable of and steadily becoming a factor night in and night out ... Needs to develop some go to moves. A reliable jump hook would make him an absolute force ... Must improve from the free throw line (50% won't cut it). He has solid shooting touch and should be able to raise his FT shooting to at least 70-75 percent over time if he develops a consistent routine and works at it ... Should be wary of leaving school early. It's likely he would be a first rounder this year, but a third year in college would really help him in the long run as he would be much better prepared for the NBA and not run the risk of losing confidence and falling short of his full potential ...

Notes: McGee's parents were both professional basketball players. His father, George Montgomery starred at Illinois and was a second-round draft pick in 1985 by the Portland Trailblazers. His mother Pamela McGee, and her twin sister, Paula, were All-Americans who led USC to NCAA National titles in 1983 and 1984 ... Pamela also played and coached in the WNBA and is now a high school coach in Sacramento ... In JaVale's freshman season he saw little playing time playing behind WAC player of the year and NBA draft pick Nick Fazekas.
Aran Smith - 12/1/2007

Posted by: From nbadraft.net | June 26, 2008 9:31 PM

maybe ernie will do better in the 2nd rd. I really like dorsey, but will he last that long?

Posted by: big daddy | June 26, 2008 9:31 PM

re Billy Dee

Blatche was a second round pick for a reason. he continues to behave immaturely during the offseasons. Why not get some first round talent competing for the back up positions?

Posted by: Truthsayer | June 26, 2008 9:33 PM

Bad pick. I can't help but think Mcghee is around if the Wiz trade down to pick 25 or later, even. I can't wait to hear what the Wizards insiders have to say.

Posted by: Ben | June 26, 2008 9:34 PM

http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/JaVale-McGee-1197/

clearly the Wiz drafted McGee based on fit. he will be a good contrast to style of play of Haywood & E. Thomas.

I like the selection.

Posted by: wizzfanno#1 | June 26, 2008 9:34 PM

well I officially HATE ERNIE GRUNFELD!!!!!!!!!

How do you take mcghee over Arthur and Chalmers.

Grunfeld cant draft at all either he needs some new scouts or has no eye for telent.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 9:34 PM

OH NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I can't belive it!!! Arthur was still on the board!!! I'd even rather have Koufos!! I can't believe it!!!!

I rather have Greene or Hickson!!!! Or even Chalmers!!

I can't believe it!!!! I hope we are trading this guy!!!!

Posted by: Darnell | June 26, 2008 9:35 PM

Was his mom draft eligible? Sounds like she had game.

Posted by: Billy Dee | June 26, 2008 9:36 PM

thats it, i am going to go be a blazers fan now. i hate the wiz and i am sick of defending all these stupid moves. call me when leonsis takes over

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 9:37 PM

well DARNELL is a complete DOUCHE!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 9:37 PM

Where's the update? Quotes from Grunfeld et al.?

Somebody's asleep.

Posted by: SteveMG | June 26, 2008 9:37 PM

Where is Ivan where is Ivan...or Mike Lee or Mike Lee... where are ur fing updates, you have no fing updates...we got McGee?!?!?! uuuuuuughhhh we got McGee

Posted by: Chocolate City | June 26, 2008 9:38 PM

Mgee is a freak of a beast. Grunfied rocks. great pick. best wizard draft in a long time

Posted by: Johnson | June 26, 2008 9:38 PM

But it would be nice to draft someone who can step in and contribute at least a little right away.

Posted by: Jamie | June 26, 2008 9:40 PM

Wow Arthur is sticking around for quite a while.

The one thing to say about McGee is physically he's quite impressive. Maybe Ernie figured the pick would ride the bench no matter who it is so might as well make a project out of the pick. i can certainly see the upside in mcgee. but he very well could be a bust.

Posted by: Johnnie Futbol | June 26, 2008 9:41 PM

perhaps Ivan is actually talking to people and writing their stories. McGee wasnt frequently mentioned by ivan, so i dont know if a story about him was already written. its the nba draft, the wiz had the 18th pick, there are like 10 people paying attention to this blog right now... CHILL

Posted by: chill out | June 26, 2008 9:42 PM

If the Jazz don't take Arthur then I'd expect that Wiz/Rockets trade to be alive and well

Posted by: JDC | June 26, 2008 9:42 PM

i hope this draft pays off in the long run, to bad ernie won't be here to see it. i'm sorry but i know any of the wiz fans could do better than this. greene, arthur, chalmers, hickson, koufos, or how about a trade. another bad draft for wiz.

Posted by: big daddy | June 26, 2008 9:44 PM

I dont think you can become a bust when you are picked 18th...If he was a top 10 then he could be POTENTIALLY A BUST

Posted by: Edmonds | June 26, 2008 9:45 PM

Where's the Cake !!!

Posted by: BD | June 26, 2008 9:45 PM

Whoops forgot about the Sonics...they need a C..Jordan?

Posted by: JDC | June 26, 2008 9:45 PM

I thought they already had this guy on the roster. Some dude named Blatche, right? Wow. I really don't get this pick.

Posted by: Billy Dee | June 26, 2008 9:30 PM

Yea i thought that too...I'm getting tired of all these young projects. somebody better step up next year.

Posted by: hibachi | June 26, 2008 9:45 PM

I suspect the report about Arthur's health must have led to his fall--kidney, and I think a knee issue. Too many teams passing on him.

Posted by: joNAThan | June 26, 2008 9:47 PM

Apparently Hibbert will go to the Pacers

And I agree about the Rockets comment. Maybe they want McGee

Posted by: Kev | June 26, 2008 9:47 PM

I'd be more disappointed if there was an obvious pick to make at 18, but there wasn't. There was no one there that was an absolute can't miss, or a guy who dropped unfairly. Just a bunch of maybes and young guys with upside. I'm not mad at EG for this pick. Go with upside and hope for the best.

Posted by: Coach | June 26, 2008 9:48 PM

Where is Ivan?

Posted by: Ben | June 26, 2008 9:49 PM

Don't advertise live updates if you're not going to have live updates.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 9:50 PM

Since the Wiz are pretty well set personnel wise, taking a player with a lot of potential might not be a bad move.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 9:50 PM

damn...you hear the bi**ch not give Gil any love on being one of the guys famous for not being drafted early

Posted by: LooseCannon | June 26, 2008 9:52 PM

I feel bad for Arthur sitting there all alone. It's all EG's fault!

Posted by: Jamie | June 26, 2008 9:53 PM

Take Josh Duncan in the 2nd. He can help next year

Posted by: Kev | June 26, 2008 9:54 PM

What do you guys think about Joey Dorsey in the second round? I think he's just what we need.

Posted by: DC Fan | June 26, 2008 9:54 PM

sxxs

Posted by: gh | June 26, 2008 9:55 PM

does anybody think ernie might have a trade in the works, if so, and it works out for the wiz then i'll be the first to i'm sorry.

Posted by: big daddy | June 26, 2008 9:56 PM

What is simply ridiculous is all you armchair GMs thinking you know so much more than Ernie - who is a proven GM for ever so long! So ridiculous!

Since EVERYONE is passing over Arthur and Chalmers why would we pick either of them?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 9:56 PM

He isnt a bust just yet. He has probably the biggest upside of anyone ion the draft but he also has one of the biggest downsides. I just hope he proves me wrong. One of our big man projects hasnt worked out (Blatche) so what makes you think he is. He better put on some muscle like Dwight Howard. He looks super weak and seem like i could break him.

I still kinda disappointed. With all the talent left on the board (Chalmers, Arthur) we decided to go with him. But if you really look into it, at the beginning of this proccess all we wanted was a big man to rebound, block shots, and hustle. I looks like he can do all three if we make him focus on the defensive side of the ball 95% of the time. But looking that skinny not many people are going to be scared of going at him in the hole. Now if he adds muscle, thats a whole different story.

I think im basing my thoughts b/c of the way he looks. He is just so weak looking. It seems like you could karate-chop him and break his bones.

Posted by: Fulvio aka Wiz-skins07 | June 26, 2008 9:58 PM

Yeah, I guess you're right... why did people pass over Boozer, or Gilbert, or Rashard?

Posted by: Ben | June 26, 2008 9:59 PM

I wanted Hibbert too... all G'town centers seem to do well in the pro's, but it didn't work out... Arthur is just another Blatche... we got a true 7 footer that in mock drafts had him going to NJ at #21... STOP HATING!!!! The guy plays defense & averaged 2.3 blocks per game & has a wing span that is 7' 6"... AND, he's not some foreign project that is soft, he plays agressive with a competitive edge... To the person who said they don't like Nick Young, let's see how you feel about that in 2-3 years, did you see him in the Lakers game?? he was unconscious, he will only get better...

Posted by: Tony | June 26, 2008 9:59 PM

Wow....with Ric Bucher reporting on Darrell Arthur's potential kidney issue, he could be the first guy in the green room who doesn't get drafted.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 26, 2008 10:01 PM

Stop whining about ivan not doing updates. The blog is a service to readers but dude has a job to do. He's getting info ready for a story and he'll update us when he can.

What is he going to say that will make you like this pick? You know McGee is a bust and you're the experts, right?

Posted by: wizzinator | June 26, 2008 10:03 PM

Nah, someone will pick Arthur up. He'd be worth the risk in the second round.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 10:04 PM

Ernie Presser :
Ypu can tell he didnt want the guy. Alot of potential talk. Just like i might potentially pay to see the Wizards.

Posted by: BD | June 26, 2008 10:04 PM

DeVon Hardin is a beast down lown. Big time banger who can board and score. What do you guys think?

I know we should prolly go backup point guard, but most of the PG's left are combo/shoot first PG's.

Posted by: LooseCannon | June 26, 2008 10:04 PM

Arthur will go early 2nd round, at the latest, since 2nd round contracts ARE NOT guaranteed.
There was a Euro dude (Marcej Lampe?) about 4 years back that was invited to the green room, but wasn't picked until the first pick of the 2nd round, probably b/c of a buyout issue.
Feel bad for Arthur though, he'll play with a huge chip on his shoulder

Posted by: CN | June 26, 2008 10:05 PM

yea, i guess it could be worse. just tired of the wiz not making it past the 2nd rd. this kid does have some game. sometimes fans can be hard on players, good luck javale. go wiz.

Posted by: big daddy | June 26, 2008 10:07 PM

Are the Hornets smart by trading out of this draft? Perhaps

Posted by: Kev | June 26, 2008 10:08 PM

I love how the wizards believe they can be a playoff contender yet keep investing in young unpolished picks that will in no way relieve any of the burden put on the big 3. It seems to me like they want to rebuild down low with young athletic picks but at the same time stay mediocre in the now( just barley making the playoffs. The team would be better off either completely investing in the future by trading current players for better draft picks or on the other hand try to get better now by drafting and trading for players that are ready to compete in the playoffs.

Posted by: Alex aka the dissapointed wiz fan | June 26, 2008 10:08 PM

finally!!!!

Posted by: big daddy | June 26, 2008 10:09 PM

"What is simply ridiculous is all you armchair GMs thinking you know so much more than Ernie - who is a proven GM for ever so long! So ridiculous!

Since EVERYONE is passing over Arthur and Chalmers why would we pick either of them?"


Well he sure isn't proven in the draft and this another botched pick.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 10:09 PM

I want Lester Hudson in the 2nd round

Posted by: Chocolate City | June 26, 2008 10:12 PM

Good lord...

Darrell Arthur took a blood test in DC and passed, and EG still passed on him.

Even if DA had an issue with his kidney, EG should have drafted him anyway. Why? B/c even if DA doesn't achieve his dreams in the NBA, it will then be equivalent to the bust that McGee will be.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 26, 2008 10:13 PM

Alex aka the dissapointed wiz fan

well said completely agree...just don't get it....it definitely gets old

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 10:15 PM

From DraftExpress: About JaVale McGee:

The problem is he's extremely far from reaching his full potential--so far that you have to wonder if he'll ever make it considering the way he looks at times on the court. Struggles to establish position and finish in the paint, settles for some incredibly awkward off-balance shots, and is virtually a black hole with his passing skills--averaging 4 turnovers for every 1 assist. Looks very disinterested at times, doesn't hustle, gives up on plays, late getting back down the floor, and might be the worst man to man defender we've ever evaluated in the post. Gets pushed around, gambles excessively for steals, has no stance or fundamentals, doesn't move his feet, and is a complete non-factor even against the mediocre competition he faces. According to Synergy's "PlayType QuickTable stats," McGee was scored on 66% of the time when being posted up in the paint (against the likes of Fresno State, Utah State, Houston, etc). Is light years away from being able to compete on an NBA level defensively, if ever.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 10:15 PM

One of our big man projects hasnt worked out (Blatche)

i think blatche is coming along just fine. when he gets minutes he produces well, both defensively and offensively. considering he was taken in the middle of the second round, right out of high school (and he didn't get to play 30+ minutes a game because of our veteran all-star players at his position), i'd say he's actually been one of EG's better draft picks for the wizards.

Posted by: JC | June 26, 2008 10:16 PM

Memphis could be fun to watch in a year or two

Posted by: Kev | June 26, 2008 10:17 PM

"i think blatche is coming along just fine. when he gets minutes he produces well, both defensively and offensively. considering he was taken in the middle of the second round, right out of high school (and he didn't get to play 30+ minutes a game because of our veteran all-star players at his position), i'd say he's actually been one of EG's better draft picks for the wizards.

Posted by: JC | June 26, 2008 10:16 PM "

If AJ resigns, don't count on AB getting any more minutes than last season. EJ won't have it.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 26, 2008 10:19 PM

nice commercial with gil, go wiz.

Posted by: big daddy | June 26, 2008 10:19 PM

" One of our big man projects hasnt worked out (Blatche)"

The problem isn't that he hasn't worked out. The problem is that he's not really a big man. He should be playing the on the wing not down low.

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