Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: MrMichaelLee and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Redskins and Sports  |  RSS

Poll: NBA draft choices

Michael Wilbon and Mike Wise seem to think that Kentucky point guard John Wall is the obvious choice for the Wizards to make after winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. What do you think?

By Alexa Steele  |  May 19, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Flip Saunders: 'Let's be greedy'
Next: Leonsis on the Wizards

Comments

Get a grip, folks.

To all of you hoping that the Wiz draft Turner--if Arenas weren't on the team, would you still want Turner to be drafted No. 1? My guess is most of you want Turner because he's supposedly the better fit to play alongside Arenas.

When you pick No. 1 you have to pick the best overall talent!

Posted by: gimmedat | May 19, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

gimmedat

My only concern about drafting Wall is how does he and Gil play together?

Will Wall feel intimidated?

Can Gil change his game?

Will Flip play a rookie or will he sit like AB and JM did last year?

If they draft Wall (which I don't have a problem with) then they need to draft a tall 2 guard who can play "D" with one of their later picks.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 19, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

gimmedat

My only concern about drafting Wall is how does he and Gil play together?

Will Wall feel intimidated?

Can Gil change his game?

Will Flip play a rookie or will he sit like AB and JM did last year?

If they draft Wall (which I don't have a problem with) then they need to draft a tall 2 guard who can play "D" with one of their later picks.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 19, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

cross that bridge when you get there. we begged for the number 1 last year and didn't get it. turns out that the guy wrecks his knee. i'm not saying it's cause and effect, but if what happend to BG happens to our no 1 pick then all your concerns are moot. Same thing if wall comes in and balls out immediately. Wall went to one of the biggest basketball schools in the country,with one of the biggest coaches and a huge personal rep. he was more than capapble of holding on to his ranking (#1 prospect) and even add to his resume. Before last season i saw John wall as dunker and a jacker. Last season at kentucky he showed the ability to play pg and be a complete player. Dare i say that he even plays defense.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 19, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

dont F this up...GO WITH WALL.

Posted by: mrhney03 | May 19, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

dont F this up...GO WITH WALL.

Posted by: mrhney03 | May 19, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

You ABSOLUTELY have to go with Wall! Like Magic said Turner is great player but Wall is a game changer and brings instant excitement. Also, am I the only one seeing this but I think putting him alongside Gilbert would give the Wiz an Incredible backcourt! People seem to forget that Arenas was one of the best players in the NBA just a few years ago. If he can even come close to where he was then, he and wall would put tremendous pressure on any opposing team (like Double Jeopardy - Anyone remember Isiah Thomas/Joe Dumars who played together?) Throw in an up and coming Andray Blatche, LOT's of money to spend on free agents, 2 additional draft picks and other possibilies (if Josh Howard can return to form - he could come off the bench)....The Wizards could have a very interesting year.

Posted by: goscott2 | May 19, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Funny ace draft moment: The eye glasses Aaron Brooks had om. Why did Aaron Brooks look like he had two 19 inch sony trinitrons on his face? Those eyeglasses were absolutely horrid...

Posted by: tommycat | May 19, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The "Wall" pick will bode well for a few reasons:

1. John Wall is a high-energy no holds barred point guard. He'll drive, shoot and play defense. That helps Gilbert if they are to play beside each other at going back to his natural SG position.

2. John would likely be Washington's floor general. So if they rely on him to run the offense, it should be very interesting to see him, Gil, Blatche, McGee and Miller run the floor together. Very interesting.

Now, if they go with Turner, who in my opinion is the better of the 2 talent and depth-wise:

1. Gilbert would have to go or not be played as much. Turner's abilities put him solely in charge of an offensive scheme. He's that good. If you don't use him that way, you minimize his talents.

2. Turner would pay dividends immediately. I don't see him being a project like Wall for 2-3 years until maturity.

Posted by: cbmuzik | May 19, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Why do people think Turner is a better fit with Arenas? They play the same position (SG). Gil is not a PG, just plays the part.

Posted by: BT23 | May 19, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Well sometimes, you just have to draft best player regardless of position. Remember Portland bypassing MJ and drafted a big man because they "already had Drexler" who played the same position?

Chicago drafted Rose even though they already gave Hinrich starter contract. If Chicago can team Rose with Hinrich, maybe Wizards can team Wall with Gil.

OTOH, if Turner "really" is comparable to Brandon Roy, that would not be bad either. It all depends on how people think the level of success each player is going to have in NBA. All in all, draft the better of the two, draft for the position only if the talents of the two players are too close to tell apart.

Posted by: sagaliba | May 19, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert Arenas should be irrelevant to the Wizards' draft decision. Even assuming he's on the roster next season, I doubt he's going to be with the team for much longer than that.

The Wizards have to think long-term with a pick like this. Legitimate point guards are a rare and valuable commodity, while 6'7" swing men aren't. There are no sure things in the draft, apart from the occasional guy like LeBron or Tim Duncan, and I don't see any real advantage to picking Turner over Wall.

Posted by: acoberst1 | May 19, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

so wait, who is stupid enough to believe that the Wizards should trade the pick?

Posted by: j762 | May 19, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse


Funny ace draft moment: The eye glasses Aaron Brooks had om. Why did Aaron Brooks look like he had two 19 inch sony trinitrons on his face? Those eyeglasses were absolutely horrid...

Posted by: tommycat | May 19, 2010 1:48 PM

I thought he was in the wrong studio and was looking for "It's Academic" ;-)

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | May 19, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Agent Zero should be offloaded as soon as possible. While still there, let him play SG and try to cover for his dreadful defense by playing a lot of zone.

Wade can help them attract a FA big man (Bosh or Stoudemire?) and those other two pix (30 and 35) might generate some decent players, given all the underclassmen declaring this year to beat the CBA ending.

Posted by: dolph924 | May 19, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Agent Zero should be offloaded as soon as possible. While still there, let him play SG and try to cover for his dreadful defense by playing a lot of zone.

Wall can help them attract a FA big man (Bosh or Stoudemire?) and those other two pix (30 and 35) might generate some decent players, given all the underclassmen declaring this year to beat the CBA ending.

Posted by: dolph924 | May 19, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Never heard of John Wall. Just another reason to not watch a single NBA game for the tenth straight season. A boy who put in one year of time not going to classes preparing to be drafted. Ridiculous.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 19, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Never heard of John Wall. Just another reason to not watch a single NBA game for the tenth straight season. A boy who put in one year of time not going to classes preparing to be drafted. Ridiculous.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 19, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

This is a very ignorant comment. John Wall was rated the number one player in the country coming out of HighSchool. He earned a 3.5 GPA while in college. His reputation is clean and stellar. Do your homework.

Posted by: 15600_sknfan | May 19, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

That 3.5 GPA also came in the second semester in the midst of the NCAA and SEC tourneys. So MKadyman look in the mirror and say it again "Do YOUR homework". And if you haven't watched the NBA in 10 years why would you be on a page to vote in a poll for who the Wizards should pick?

Posted by: KattiaMP | May 19, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

You need a floor general in order to win in the NBA.John Wall is a no brainer.

Posted by: kenobill | May 19, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

1. http://www.smalltrade.net
2. Jame shoes $40
3. Air jordan(1-24)shoes $33
4. Jordan Spizike shoes $35
5. Jordan 2010 shoes $40
6. Nike shox(R4,NZ,OZ,TL1,TL2,TL3) $35
7. Handbags(Coach lv fendi d&g) $35
8. Tshirts (ed hardy,lacoste) $16
9. AF tshirt $25
10. Jean(True Religion,VERSACE,coogi) $30
11. Sunglasses(Oakey,coach,gucci,Armaini) $16
12. New era cap $15
13. FREE sHIPPING
14. http://www.smalltrade.net

Posted by: itkonlyyou70 | May 19, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

At best, John Wall ends up an Allen Iverson. Wall will never be a point-guard the likes of Nash, Paul, etc. Wall is all AAU - run it up, gun it up, no defense, fair only jump-shot.

Trade the pick.

Posted by: mmax | May 19, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

It should be obvious that it takes more than one or two great players to make a great team.

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 20, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

@mkadyman: the guy who "never heard of john wall and hasn't watched an nba game in 10 years..." who cares? why are you even on this blog if you don't like the game? what use are you other than as a naysayer? get a life.

Posted by: dcjazzman | May 20, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

i KEEP gilbert to play with wall, who i'm leaning to although i'm old school and prefer an 'inside-out' game. but since wing players HAVE won championships (with good defenders and supporting cast) why not draft wall. he'll improve his range, but his speed should give us a good weapond for a long time if he stays healthy (and there's no sign he isn't).
let's rock and roll. showtime here we come.

Posted by: dcjazzman | May 20, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

wall doesn't have the same attitude iverson had/has. he believes in himself, but i don't think he's a thug. haven't heard anything like that.

Posted by: dcjazzman | May 20, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

User Poll: Who should Wizards pick No. 1?

Ahem! That's WHOM should Wizards pick No. 1?

It seems the Post's grammar is going the way of its politics.

Posted by: doxology | May 20, 2010 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Sorry but this is how I see it. Trade this pick and the 30th overall for Rick Rubio (only if Ted and Ernie Know for a fact he will sign with the Wiz)also Wiz have to get at least the 4th overall pick and the 16th from the Wolves. You still have your true point guard in Rubio along with Favors or Cousins or maybe Monroe and then you have a chance of nabbing another contribtor with the 16th pick.

Posted by: buddybuttons5 | May 20, 2010 4:34 AM | Report abuse

Never heard of John Wall. Just another reason to not watch a single NBA game for the tenth straight season. A boy who put in one year of time not going to classes preparing to be drafted. Ridiculous.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 19, 2010 5:59 PM

If you've never heard of the guy, how do you know he never went to class? John Wall actually was a good student for his one year at UK.

You MUST draft Wall. I love Evan Turner's game but Wall is a game changing talent that can't be passed up. He's very similar to Derek Rose but Rose it a little better shooter while Wall is a better defender (which we all know this team needs BADLY.)

Posted by: largetony86 | May 20, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

has any body here ever order something from ""smalltrade.net?

if so how was it? I like the prices but not sure if they are legit

thanks ...go Caps & Bullets

Posted by: terryreece | May 20, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Arenas doesn't play well with anybody, becuase he's selfish, haven't we seen that by now? He's not a team player and needs his 30 + shots a game too be happy. If this team is truly ever going to move forward, he has to go! Please, shovel him outta here, anyway you can!

Posted by: slimjim21787 | May 20, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

The post by randysbailin is inappropriate, uncalled for, and dangerous.
As a minimum it should be removed immediately.

Posted by: Dungarees | May 20, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Its gotta be Wall. Evan Turner will be a great player but I think Wall has a higher upside. Drafting him will help us attract that All-Star free agent forward that we need (Melo, Stoudemire, Bosch). Plus he has the charisma that will sell tickets and jerseys (my inner CEO talking).

PS: I wouldnt trust any site that would sell a pair of Jordans for less than retail value. About a 99.999% chance they are fakes.

Posted by: tywill28 | May 20, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

mmax, AI was never a PG in high school, college or the pros. He has always been a SG. His height always through people off. John Wall is a TRUE point guard. It's obvious you known nothing about him because he is a great defender. I think of him as more of a Rondo type. If he can grow like Rondo has and continues to do then we have a great franchise player for 10+ years.

Posted by: HanMy | May 20, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I will get season tickets only if they get John Wall... We already had Caron Butler so why would we need Evan Turner... 6'7 forwards are all over the NBA... portland has 4 good ones already... so wizards just wait for one of them and get John Wall

Posted by: pusha-d | May 20, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

It should be obvious that it takes more than one or two great players to make a great team.

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 20, 2010 12:20 AM
--------------------------------
Really? All it took for the Bulls to be a great team was Jordan & Pippen. Those were the only two great players on a Bulls team that won SIX championships. The Lakers won 3 straight with only 2 great players (Shaq & Kobe). The Heat won a championship with 1 great player (Dwyane Wade) and a formerly great player (Shaq O'neill). Would you care to retract your statement?

Posted by: 6thsense79 | May 20, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Arenas doesn't play well with anybody, becuase he's selfish, haven't we seen that by now? He's not a team player and needs his 30 + shots a game too be happy. If this team is truly ever going to move forward, he has to go! Please, shovel him outta here, anyway you can!

Posted by: slimjim21787 | May 20, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse


Slimjim,

Are you a Wizards fan? Have you watched a Wizards game? I have to assume the answer is no with this foolishness. Did you not see Larry Freakin Hughes have a career year playing next to Gilbert (22, 5 and 5 if I recall). Did you not see Gilbert help make Caron and Jamison all stars? Has Gilbert ever come close to taking 30 shots a game? Ever??? His career average is 17 shots a game. His highest in any season was 20.9.

You can argue he's selfish off the court, maybe selfish with his actions. You can hate him and want him off the team for any number of reasons, if that's your choice. But you can't claim he's a selfish, 30 shot per game taking jacker. He averaged 22 and 7 last year on 19 shots a game. He's made 2 guys all stars, and a third would have been had he not gotten hurt (Hughes in 2004/2005).

Give me a break.

Posted by: ironpanthr | May 21, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

At best, John Wall ends up an Allen Iverson. Wall will never be a point-guard the likes of Nash, Paul, etc. Wall is all AAU - run it up, gun it up, no defense, fair only jump-shot.

Trade the pick. Mmax

MMAX it is apparent you haven't watched a pro or college game in 20 years. Steve Nash and Chris Paul haven't won anything. The game is an up tempo game now with the point guard being the most important player on the floor, since you can't touch opposing guards anymore. As for Wall's ability, he was considered the top defensive point guard in the country. He is not a great jump shooter, but he wasn't asked to shoot jumpers on the KY team. There was another point guard who was drafted number one and couldn't shoot "MAGIC JOHNSON"!

Posted by: JAMNEW | May 21, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company