Wizards Win! (Lottery Tiebreaker)

The Washington Wizards won their tiebreaker over the Los Angeles Clippers through a random drawing on Friday. The Wizards and Clippers finished tied for the second-worst record in the NBA at 19-63, but the tiebreaker ensures that the Wizards will pick no lower than fifth in the NBA draft.

Stu Jackson, NBA executive vice president, conducted the drawing at the Board of Governors meetings in New York. The tiebreaker means that the Wizards actually were given one more ping-pong ball combination than the Clippers. Washington will have a 17.8 percent chance of winning the May 19 draft lottery, while the Clippers will have a 17.7 percent chance. The Sacramento Kings (17-65) finished with the league's worst record and will have a 25 percent chance of winning.

The lottery is set up to award the first three picks of the NBA draft with the remaining teams from four to 14 picking in inverse order of the regular season standings. If the Kings, Wizards or Clippers all fail to get one of the top three picks, the Kings would pick fourth, the Wizards would pick fifth and Clippers would go sixth.

If the Wizards finish higher in the draft lottery, the one drawback -- if you want to call it a drawback - will be the Clippers having a higher second round pick (32) than the Wizards (33). If the Clippers finish higher in the draft lottery, the Wizards will pick 32nd.

By Michael Lee |  April 17, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
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Great, another step in landing Blake Griffin.

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | April 17, 2009 3:01 PM

Bullets suck!

Posted by: jwing14 | April 17, 2009 3:29 PM

Doesn't matter, the Wizards have a worse draft record than Vinny and The Danny.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | April 17, 2009 3:33 PM

I'll take that small victory. It is true, we have all become so beaten down by the season that 17.8 doesn't seem like a chance, that we expect #5. Since the NBA is the WWF in reality, you have to go through who Stern has scripted to win. Yes, I am a conspiracy believer.

Posted by: Beeb1 | April 17, 2009 3:42 PM

Yeah real terrible draft record....

McGee #18

McGuire 2nd rounder

Blatche 2nd rounder

The only bad pick at this point was Pesh.

Posted by: dominic10464 | April 17, 2009 3:44 PM

I could see a coin flip between the two most cursed teams in the NBA lasting days with the coin continuing to land on it's side.

Posted by: detox04 | April 17, 2009 3:44 PM

good start...

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | April 17, 2009 3:58 PM

We knew this was going to happen, thats how we got Gilbert, so thats how we are going to get the number one pick! It all comes down to a simple coin toss..

Posted by: AaronB1790 | April 17, 2009 4:22 PM

I'm not sure Pesh was a bad pick. When he's in there he scores and rebounds (perhaps too slow on defense - not sure). Anyway, he doesn't seem to get much of a chance. The biggest waste of money is the poet Etan Thomas.

I agree with NBA looking like the WWF. Where else can a bench player get smashed in the mouth and bleed with no foul called, Lebron travel (no call), Michael Jordan got breathed on (foul) or beat the snot out of someone else with no call because they didn't want him out of the game.

Posted by: WantUnbiasedNews | April 17, 2009 4:30 PM

Pesh can play a little, but the Wiz are not talented enough to have him on the roster for what he does. He's a shooter. he would be great if we had a inside scorer and good penetrator and kick out point guard. He would really be awesome if we had a great low post scorer like Hakeem Olajuwon was and shooter just all aligned around the 3-pt line. the Wiz don't have taht to make Pecherov a better player. he's not a 6-10 in the paint guy. imagine how much better he would be in San Antonio. he would have to play better defense and rebound, but offensively he would be the great outside shot compliment to duncan, just like Mason.

Posted by: oknow1 | April 17, 2009 4:36 PM

Tap help pesh back, thank the LAWD he's gone. If we trade the pick, etan, and mike james...under a Flip, Pesh will fit in. Imagine Haywood, Mcgee, Pesh (strictly shooting 3's) McGurie, in with Arenas. Thats a good 7 -8 min run with height, defense, and a good shooting touch.

Posted by: Gooddad | April 17, 2009 4:43 PM

So, if the Wiz don't move up, and someone does a 3-5 pick would seem to be in the cards. Most likely a 3 or 4 since three teams seldom move up.

My quess is that the first three are Griffin, Rubio, or Thabeet.

If the Wiz draft number two, I'd quess that would bring about the highest chance of a trade. Somebody's going to have the hots for Rubio, I'd wager a very good package could get offered for him.

Since the Wiz have about 14m in James' and Thomas's two expiring contracts, an offer of Rubio and those contracts for a top flight player could become a possibility. My quess is Bosh could become a target if the Wiz draft at #2.

If the Wiz move to one, I'd wager they pick and keep Griffin. If they drop to three, Thabeet seems to be the guy to pick. I still think he makes sense in the long run. Haywood's best has been a little under ten points and about 8 rebounds. And there's not a another true center on the roster. Thabeet's ceiling would seem much higher.

McGee could then be used as a combo 4/5 which I think is what he really is. A backline of McGee and Thabeet could end up being quite imposing in Flip's zone looks.

If the Wiz pick at the four or the five Hill and Hardin seem to be the next two guys in line. In both cases they kind of duplicate a guy already on the roster. Trading down could make some sense in that case.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | April 17, 2009 4:54 PM

Kwame Brown #1 overall(2001) -
Jared Jeffries #9 overall(2002) -
Jarvis Hayes #10 overall(2003) -
Devin Harris #5 traded to Dallas(2004) /
Andre Blatche #49 overall (2005) /
Pecherov #18 (2006) -
N. Young (2007) /
McGhee (2008) +

I've got four bleh's(-), three ho hums(/) and one solid(+).

Our history isn't that great in the draft, but Grunfeld is as solid as they get for GM's.

Juan Howard #5 overall? Ouch.

Posted by: AyresGoober | April 17, 2009 4:58 PM

PECH is slow afoot and would be good in a set defensive scheme, but in SAUNDERS' match-up zone - no way, no how. PECH should be dealt with ETAN THOMAS, MIKE JAMES and JUAN DIXON for a bag of chips if we can get RUFFLES....

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 17, 2009 5:59 PM

flohrtv:

Thank you, thank you.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 17, 2009 6:01 PM

We've got to get the first or second pick. I'm afraid beyond that we're looking at TYLER HANSBROUGH.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 17, 2009 6:04 PM

I almost wish we dont get the #1 so we can trade some of our scrubs for a vet. At this point getting rid of our scrubs like Etan, D-Steve, Mike James, etc would be as good as getting a Blake Griffin.

Posted by: insanity999 | April 17, 2009 6:07 PM

"My quess is that the first three are Griffin, Rubio, or Thabeet."

I'm under the impression Rubio isn't in this draft. That he'll wait til next season. Contract issues in part.

We can always hope, of course. He strengthens this draft considerably.

If there's no Rubio, then the top players look something like this:

1 & 2. Griffin & Thabeet.
3-5: in any order, Jordan Hill, Brandon Jennings, James Harden.
6-10: gets a lot less clear, naturally. If Monroe comes out, somebody could like him. Earl Clark of Louisville looks very good. Gerald Henderson of Duke is a safe pick compared to DeRozan of USC, but you never know. A team could decide that Chase Budinger is better than DeRozan.

Anybody I'm forgetting?
Of course, Monroe

Posted by: Samson151 | April 17, 2009 7:07 PM

ayresgoober: "Kwame Brown #1 overall(2001) -
Jared Jeffries #9 overall(2002) -
Jarvis Hayes #10 overall(2003) -
Devin Harris #5 traded to Dallas(2004) /
Andre Blatche #49 overall (2005) /
Pecherov #18 (2006) -
N. Young (2007) /
McGhee (2008) +
I've got four bleh's(-), three ho hums(/) and one solid(+)."

Don't know how helpful that is. You have to look at the picks in relation to those that surrounded it. The NBA draft is a lot less unpredictable than the NFL.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 17, 2009 7:27 PM

"PECH is slow afoot and would be good in a set defensive scheme, but in SAUNDERS' match-up zone - no way, no how. PECH should be dealt with ETAN THOMAS, MIKE JAMES and JUAN DIXON for a bag of chips if we can get RUFFLES...."

Did somebody say Michael Ruffin?

Posted by: wisdom80 | April 17, 2009 8:10 PM

It's Blake or Bust in my opinion. We're fully invested in Gil at the point. Since Gil commands so much of the scoring, we don't need a true shooting guard. Caron is penciled in at the 3. Haywood/McGee should lock down the middle for a while. That leaves a bruising power foward to replace Antawn's no-defense playing butt. Who fits that mold in the top 5 besides Blake?

Posted by: wisdom80 | April 17, 2009 8:16 PM

Dixon's contract runs out at the end of the season, so he isn't on the trading block unless he's resigned, which seems unlikely.

As far as the Wiz versus the Skins comparison on personnel moves that's an unfair comparison. Grunfeld has found value in the 2nd round and in the first round outside of the lottery; he's made quality free agent signings; he's made quality trades which have netted the team All-Stars.

Even with an owner who knows how to move cap money around, the Skins team has been inept in its build through free agency approach. The Skins rarely net quality starters in the draft (when they have picks) -- their talent evaluation has been subpar; in deal-making they have a tendency to over-pay for talent in trade (a 2nd an 6th for Jason Taylor; a 3rd for T.J. Duckett; 1st rounder Patrick Ramsey dealt for a 6th rounder; 1st rounder Rod Gardner dealt for a 6th rounder).

Remember the Skins were talking about getting Chad Johnson last year for a 1st and conditional 3rd with $21 million guaranteed?

Posted by: JPRS | April 17, 2009 9:23 PM

Guys Pech is not an NBA player. I love him but sorry.

Posted by: GshawnJohnson | April 17, 2009 10:33 PM

Pech is a guy who can come in when you need someone standing in the corner who can knock down a 3 and then come down the other end of the court and rebound. There's a place in the NBA for guys like that (Big Shot Rob and Donyell Marshall come to mind). Even if he doesn't pan out, that type of player isn't a bad type to have on your bench.

EG has drafted well and put together a team that should have been a contender every year if not for unlucky injuries and poor coaching.

Posted by: jon_quest | April 17, 2009 10:54 PM

That's truly absurd. Horry brought a ton to the table. (Pech is a .301 3pt shooter, by the way)

Posted by: GshawnJohnson | April 18, 2009 1:06 AM

Well every player like PECH has their strong points. I mean, even a bag of chips costs money.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 18, 2009 8:36 AM

With Griffin coming out of Oklahoma what are the odds that Oklahoma will get the No. 1 pick. Sorry I believe the draft is fixed.

Posted by: markhagner1 | April 18, 2009 8:38 AM

"So, if the Wiz don't move up, and someone does a 3-5 pick would seem to be in the cards. Most likely a 3 or 4 since three teams seldom move up."

LOL, whether or not they move up has nothing to do with the likelihood of winning the first 3 picks.

The worst team is guaranteed (100%) to never move up (where can it move to?), but has 75% chance of moving down. 2nd worst team has over 80% chance of "not moving up," the 3rd worst team has close to 70% of not moving up.

So if you want to talk about moving up or down, yes, the first 3 teams are more likely to move down than up. However, the first 3 teams together has 60% of winning the first pick while the other 11 teams together has only 40%.

Posted by: sagaliba | April 18, 2009 11:11 AM

With Griffin coming out of Oklahoma what are the odds that Oklahoma will get the No. 1 pick. Sorry I believe the draft is fixed.

Posted by: markhagner1 | April 18, 2009 8:38 AM

You mean how Chicago got homeboy Derrick Rose and Cleveland got Lebron James from Ohio?

Posted by: crs-one | April 18, 2009 12:45 PM

"EG has drafted well and put together a team that should have been a contender every year if not for unlucky injuries and poor coaching.Posted by: jon_quest"

Most of that team didn't arrive via the draft. Overall the Wiz have been about average in terms of draft success. The NBA draft isn't like football's; there aren't many real big surprises, and the ten best players usually fall in the top fifteen slots. Since Arenas, Butler and Jamison got together, the Wiz have finished out of the lottery, and paid the usual price for it: the chance to draft contributors instead of stars. At that task, at least, Ernie has a pretty good record -- meaning he hits about as often as he misses.

Would the team be any better with a different coach? We can't tell. I tend to think they overachieved a little under Jordan and underachieved an equal amount under Tapscott, but I couldn't prove that -- it's just an impression. For all McGee's obvious physical talent, he doesn't seem to have a real feel for team play. For all McGuire's offensive weaknesses, he does. Pecherov is the sort of big, slow, 3 point shooting player that the Russian leagues produce, so I don't know why anybody would be surprised when he looks big and slow and shoots 3 pointers over here. Crittenton looks very promising, but to argue that he's superior as a PG to Arenas is, well, the sort of thing you hear on blogs rather than in locker rooms.

How good will the Wiz be next year? Let's all show up and find out. One thing I feel confident of: they'd be a whole lot better with Blake Griffin than without him.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 18, 2009 8:18 PM

The surprise pick in this draft is going to be Ty Lawson.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 18, 2009 9:49 PM

"Most of that team didn't arrive via the draft. Overall the Wiz have been about average in terms of draft success. The NBA draft isn't like football's; there aren't many real big surprises, and the ten best players usually fall in the top fifteen slots. Since Arenas, Butler and Jamison got together, the Wiz have finished out of the lottery, and paid the usual price for it: the chance to draft contributors instead of stars. At that task, at least, Ernie has a pretty good record -- meaning he hits about as often as he misses.

How good will the Wiz be next year? Let's all show up and find out. One thing I feel confident of: they'd be a whole lot better with Blake Griffin than without him.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 18, 2009 8:18 PM "

8 of 15 players on this team came via the draft or draft day trades. I guess the way you do math, that's not "most of the team" even though it's 53.3%.

BTH is the best of that crop, but he only came on last season.

In fact, the best pick that EG has ever made for Les BouleS was Devin Harris, and he was traded away.

Overall, Les BouleS have been piss poor in terms of draft success. Recent EG draft bombs not on the team anymore include Peter John Ramos and Jarvis Hayes.

Since the little 3, Les BouleS have finished out of the lottery, but a long shot to do anything in the playoffs...thus, pretenders, not contenders.

Blake Griffin...he'll succumb to the curse if he gets drafted here too...

Curse can't be exorcised until ownership changes.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 19, 2009 1:54 AM

Bilious Bob: "8 of 15 arrived via the draft or draft day trades..."

Believe my statement was that most didn't arrive via the draft -- didn't mention trades. The draft is the one with the ping pong balls, a trade is where two or more teams... oh, never mind.

"In fact the best pick that EG has ever I made for Les BouleS was Devin Harris, and he was traded away."

Also the highest pick, by far. Possible correlation, you think? Traded for the very adept Antwan Jamison, subject of great personal resentment on the part of one dcman88.

"Overall, Les BouleS have been piss poor in terms of draft success. Recent EG draft bombs not on the team anymore include Peter John Ramos and Jarvis Hayes."

Jarvis Hayes spent most of his career hurt. Not much wrong with him as a player other than that. Peter Ramos was, well, a really tall guy. But that's what you're supposed to use the 32nd pick on, right? Looking at the rest of the second round, only Chris Duhon amounted to anything. Anderson Varajao was already gone.

"Since the little 3, Les BouleS have finished out of the lottery, but a long shot to do anything in the playoffs...thus, pretenders, not contenders."

Every year the playoffs are full of pretenders. Cleveland up to last season, for instance -- and Cleveland has that LeBron guy playing for them.


"Blake Griffin...he'll succumb to the curse if he gets drafted here too...Curse can't be exorcised until ownership changes.Posted by: DC_MAN88"

If there's one thing dc knows a lot about, it would have to be cursing.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 19, 2009 4:54 AM

"Believe my statement was that most didn't arrive via the draft -- didn't mention trades. The draft is the one with the ping pong balls, a trade is where two or more teams... oh, never mind.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 19, 2009 4:54 AM "

Don't backrack. Look at the roster. 8 of 15 people on Les BouleS came via the draft. I believe only BTH was drafted by another team and traded to Les BouleS on the same day of the draft.

BTH has only played for Les BouleS, as similar to the other 7 of 15.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 19, 2009 1:29 PM

"Also the highest pick, by far. Possible correlation, you think? Traded for the very adept Antwan Jamison, subject of great personal resentment on the part of one dcman88.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 19, 2009 4:54 AM "

Sorry, don't give EG too much credit.


Les BouleS drafted Devin Harris b/c Dallas wanted Devin Harris.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 19, 2009 1:30 PM

"Jarvis Hayes spent most of his career hurt. Not much wrong with him as a player other than that. Peter Ramos was, well, a really tall guy. But that's what you're supposed to use the 32nd pick on, right? Looking at the rest of the second round, only Chris Duhon amounted to anything. Anderson Varajao was already gone.

Every year the playoffs are full of pretenders. Cleveland up to last season, for instance -- and Cleveland has that LeBron guy playing for them.


If there's one thing dc knows a lot about, it would have to be cursing.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 19, 2009 4:54 AM "

Where did you learn about basketball?

Jarvis Hayes, before he left, was hammered on this board for not being able to shoot or defend.

He left here a healthy man.

For the "32nd" pick you don't pick size, you pick best available.

Apparently to EG, Ramos was best available.

WRT curses, the body of work of Les BouleS speaks for itself.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 19, 2009 1:35 PM

Wizards suck! Go Rockets!

Posted by: kitzdakat | April 19, 2009 5:47 PM

Great! Man I hope we get Griffin! I just really think he would fit in great with this team. His demeanor and drive, he will fit right in with our core guys Arenas, Caron and Gil, and be a positive influence on our other young guys like Young, Blatche, McGee, and Crittenton.


My hope for this offseason is we get Griffin and Larry Hughes. That's it, that's all I'm asking for, and I think we are a serious contender with Saunders at the helm.

I'm thinking Etan and James (who's contracts expire same time as Hughes), with Pecherov and our 2nd round pick.

Hughes hasn't played too well in NY and they'll probably be open to moving him. Etan when healthy is a solid backup center and starred at Syracuse. James gives NY some of what they get w/ Hughes. Pecherov is a 7ft prospect who can shoot the 3 and probably would fit alot better in DiAntoni's system than here. 2nd rounder should bring a good player.

Posted by: Darnell1 | April 19, 2009 6:05 PM

Haywood, McGee, Blatche, Griffin, Songaila, Jamison, McGuire, Butler, Young, Stevenson, Hughes, Crittenton, Arenas

Please please please... this is a legitamate and feasable roster for 09-10... Please make it happen Ernie!

Posted by: Darnell1 | April 19, 2009 10:03 PM

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