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Wizards fans react to John Wall selection

The Wizards threw a draft party on the Verizon Center practice court for season ticket holders and other VIPs, and reaction to the John Wall pick was celebratory to say the least. Blue, black, gold and white balloons dropped from the ceiling moments after the pick was announced, and everyone in the room broke into loud applause.

Here's a look:

By Gene Wang  |  June 24, 2010; 8:12 PM ET
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Classic....

If he does retire, at least people can't say he's a greedy b@stard who rode out his contract for the money.

http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nba/news/story?id=5325404

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 24, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

The Great Wall of Chinatown is finally here! His mom was awesome, very touching interview with her. I can't wait to see him and Gil to play together in the same back court.

Posted by: bosshog7169 | June 24, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

What was so touching? She said two words, she looked like someone was speaking Spanish to her and she didn't know how to react.

Posted by: AnthonyMix | June 24, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

So, how does the "supposed" trade with Chicago work? Do we tell Chicago who we want and they draft him?

Posted by: AnthonyMix | June 24, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

#5 - McGEE, #17 pick ALABI, DAVID LEE
#4 - BLATCHE, HASLEM, SINGLETON
#3 - THORNTON #30 pick EBANKS, #35 pick or JOSH CHILDRESS
#2 - ARENAS, YOUNG, FOYE, HINRICH
#1 - WALL, LIVINGSTON

We'll know so of the answers to the mystery questions very soon.

Posted by: glawrence007 | June 24, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

glawrence007

try...

Gil PG
Hinrich SG
Thorton SF
Blatche PF
Oberto C

2nd team

Wall
Young
Singelton
McGee
draft pick?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 24, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Can somebody tell me something about Kevin Seraphin - aside from the fact that he's from France.

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

p1funk

no and either could ernie....remember OP?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 24, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

So, how does the "supposed" trade with Chicago work? Do we tell Chicago who we want and they draft him?

Posted by: AnthonyMix | June 24, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Yes. It's an arrangment hat happens often in the BA. The Wiz have done it for other teams tha past couple years

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

His mom couldn't talk because she was so happy ya moron. That was touching. Don't be talkin bout Wall's mama. I like the big French guy pick too.

If we get Hinrich n this guy, that probably means Foye is gone though, along with Miller. So what'd we do with that number 5 pick last year and how does Grunfeld explain that move to Leonsis and keep his job another year?

Posted by: bosshog7169 | June 24, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

So if the trade goes through and the Wiz acquire Seraphin's rights and he stays overseas . . . does that make the Wiz a "Tier 1" organization then?

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 24, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Unreal, 4 guys at 17 that could help this year and we take a guy that isn't expected to be here! Shouldn't be shocked considering eg passed on Blair and took pesh over rondo.

Give me Alabi, James, Anderson or Crawford and I'm happy. I'm praying the trade doesn't go through now.

Posted by: DMoney28 | June 24, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Seraphin - started playing b-ball only 5 years ago, athletic, big-time raw project. Might stay in France for another year.


http://www.draftexpress.com/article/Finding-a-Niche-for-Kevin-Seraphin-3461/

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

So if the trade goes through and the Wiz acquire Seraphin's rights and he stays overseas . . . does that make the Wiz a "Tier 1" organization then?

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 24, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes, if you are talking about the "D" league?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 24, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Can someone explain the thought process in moving up to draft an injured 6'9" PF who wont be in the nba next season, while leaving 7'1" Sol Alabi on the board?

Posted by: divi3 | June 24, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Seraphin = Wizards taking a prospect they can keep on the shelf for a year while players/owners bargain for CBA.

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

They were talking about Seraphin staying overseas on ESPN as a draftee of Chicago. With the Wizards and their six players under contract, I'm betting he'll be in the NBA next season.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | June 24, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Seraphin and Pesh are different types of players. The former is scouted as an inside player that commits to defense and raw offensively...

The latter is boxed out by girl scouts and shoots awful shots in an offensive manner...

Posted by: -CN- | June 24, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh well...the Wiz could have done worse.

We definitely don't need any more guards on the team and it sounds like this Seraphin guy is a legit PF project - not some 6'11'' 3-point shooting weenie - but a truly athletic big-man with alot of untapped potential, and in the end that's what the draft is about.

It's not like we're making a playoff run next year anyways...

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Seraphin is injured, probably not even in the USA, certainly didnt workout or interview with anyone as far as I know. What was the basis of picking him? Please tell me it was more than youtube clips.

Perhaps he's the only player the Bulls were willing to pick given if we back off the Hinrich deal they wouldn't be stuck with a 1st round salary since he isnt coming?

Posted by: divi3 | June 24, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Give me Alabi, James, Anderson or Crawford and I'm happy. I'm praying the trade doesn't go through now.

Posted by: DMoney28 | June 24, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

DMoney28,

The Spurs did it again when we are watching Anderson contribute to the Spurs like Blair did last year we will be wondering why Hinrich is here like MM?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 24, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey, the Spurs do this all the time . . . and they're a Tier 1 organization!!!


hehehehe . . .

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 24, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Can someone explain the thought process in moving up to draft an injured 6'9" PF who wont be in the nba next season, while leaving 7'1" Sol Alabi on the board?

Posted by: divi3 | June 24, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

He's a year younger; he goes about 260 which gives him about 30 more punds of muscle than Alibi; he's athletic, and he seems to be a better offensive prospect.

We already have a skinny 7-foot center to block shots.

Frankly, I like this pick over Alibi based on what I'm reading.

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to repost from Redskin Insider..

Diesel44's 2010 NBA mock draft

1 Washington John Wall
2 Philadelphia Evan Turner
3 New Jersey Derrick Favors
4 Minnesota Wesley Johnson
5 Sacramento DeMarcus Cousins
6 Golden St. Ekpe Udoh
7 Detroit Ed Davis
8 LA Clippers Al-Farouq Aminu
9 Utah Greg Monroe
10 Indiana Luke Babbitt

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 24, 2010 9:18 AM

My bias against Monroe cost me...I checked most of the "expert's" mocks and they've got nothing on me.

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 24, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, the Spurs have again struck gold with their latest pick, showing why they are a sustainable organization. They got a solid scorer that gives them athleticism, on top of the solid pick of D Blair last year...

Posted by: -CN- | June 24, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The T'Wolves are on a quest to corner the market on undersized PFs.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 24, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

p1-

Here's a scouting report on Seraphin..

Strengths: Hulking bigman who has added a great deal of muscle in the past year and a half … Shows nice potential due to his combination of strength and athleticism … Explosive post player with ideal strength and toughness to play inside … Very aggressive around the rim, known for making ferocious dunks … Big, soft hands allow him to grab boards with ease … Strong rebounder with a willingness to bang inside … Huge frame with wide shoulders and thick legs. Not many players with his girth have the type of athleticism he possesses … Has shown some development in his offensive game adding a turn around hook shot and better feel in the post … Still has a ways to go but his development in the past year gives him some offensive hope … Does a solid job of playing “within” himself. Knows his role as an interior force and doesn’t attempt to face the basket or play outside his comfort zone …

Weaknesses: While still raw to the game of basketball and showing a lot of promise, potential doesn’t always equate to improvement … Had a late season knee injury which has made it impossible for him to work out for teams leading up to the draft and will keep him out of the Summer League … Lacks offensive polish. Touch on his shot is just average … Averaged 6.1 ppg this season in 15.4 min per, his third playing in Pro A for Cholet … Offensive repertoire consists of put backs and shots in close to the basket … His ability to develop a legitimate post game and become an offensive weapon is still a question mark … Mobility, while still good, has been decreased to a degree by putting on so much weight - 263 lbs … A 55% free throw shooter … Averaged 52% from the floor, too low for a player taking most of his shots close to the basket … Lacks much versatility: face the basket, ball handling, vision and passing are all extremely raw/limited … A decent shot blocker but nothing out of the ordinary … His huge (7-3) wingspan and leaping ability should allow him to produce more blocks but he’s not very quick off his feet and lacks great timing and instincts on blocked shots … Some feel he’s more of an undersized center than a power forward due to his skill level and foot speed

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 24, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but EG is making John Hollinger look like a prophet.

EG should NOT EVER be allowed to draft ever again.

Even my mother could have picked Wall, but doing all of that trading just to take some kid from France that might not even wear a uni next year is just plain dumb.

EG does this crap every year, and he's always wrong.

This absolutely make NO sense. I hope EG knows something eveyone does not know but I think he just threw away Ted's money on this one.

EG should never be allowed to draft again.

Trades yes, draft NO!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 24, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

T Booker (no, not Booker T) & #56 traded from TWolves for #30 & #35 per ESPN

Posted by: -CN- | June 24, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

so now we're shedding the 30th and 35th for trevor booker???

Posted by: divi3 | June 24, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Seraphin is injured, probably not even in the USA, certainly didnt workout or interview with anyone as far as I know. What was the basis of picking him? Please tell me it was more than youtube clips.

Perhaps he's the only player the Bulls were willing to pick given if we back off the Hinrich deal they wouldn't be stuck with a 1st round salary since he isnt coming?

Posted by: divi3

You saw him stand up when they picked him right? I guess he's at least in the US for that long.

He's a pretty known quantity at this point as an international player. Big, athletic, strong athlete, who's still raw as a basketball player.

Posted by: ts35 | June 24, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Diez,

I saw that one. I posted another above that said he started developing a turn around hook shot that he can hit with both hands.

What I like, though, is that the kid is built like a tank and by all accounts appears to be a true banger inside...between AJ, Songaila, Blatche and Oberto, when was the last time the Wiz could say that had one of those at PF

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

We just traded the 30th and 35th pick for Trevor Booker???

That would be great if he was playing the Terps every night but @ 6'7 he is definitely undersized to play the 4 and not skilled enough to play the 3.

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 24, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

between AJ, Songaila, Blatche and Oberto, when was the last time the Wiz could say that had one of those at PF

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 9:48 PM

The problem is we still cant say we have one until he shows up.

Posted by: divi3 | June 24, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I like Trev Booker... as a Freshman. Ever since, it seems like he's stepped his game further & further outside. He used to purely be an inside force, but he's begin to take longer jumpers. If he can revert back to banging inside, he'll help this team greatly...

I don't know if 23 + 56 (picks from Minn) = 30 + 35, but I like the aggressive action...

Posted by: -CN- | June 24, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the undersized PF belongs to the Wiz.

Posted by: and_1 | June 24, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

"Kevin Seraphin = Wizards taking a prospect they can keep on the shelf for a year while players/owners bargain for CBA.

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse "

This sounds stupid.

Why would anyone draft a high first rounder to stay another year overseas?

Surely there could be other players ready to produce right now.

Also, why would Les BouleS need another 6-9 guy who has no offensive skills besides the dunk?

Doesn't make sense.

Also, I thought EG had a hard on for Alibi.

WTF?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 24, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Booker's a nice 4-yr player and plays in a controlled manner. I hope he turns out to be a Millsap Jr, which means he'll need to cut down on his long jumpers...

Posted by: -CN- | June 24, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, not sure I like the deal for Booker. I like that they're trying to add toughness, but the 30 and 35 represent two potentially good players in this draft. Not so sure the depth is there at 56.

Especially since Alabi, Whiteside, Pleiss, Orton and Lawal are still on the board.

Posted by: ts35 | June 24, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I have memories of Trevor Booker abusing the Terps inside. Dude can leap.

But in the NBA, I'm not sure that he gets it done at 6'7'' unless he's got some DaJuan Blair in him.

Maybe he's a small forward who can mix it up inside???

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: -CN-

He's being compared to a Brandon Bass. The big diff is that Bass was taken with the 33rd pick of the 2nd rd.

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 24, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Gilby is not being considered as the PG of the future for Les BouleS.

Otherwise, Les BouleS could have drafted Cousins instead...an inside player that the Les BouleS need.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 24, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Not sure where all the Alibi love is coming from. Do we need another rail-thin 7 footer with no offensive game to try to block shots along with JaVal McGee? Isn't Hasheem Thabeet in the D-league?

BTW - I'm reading that Seraphin is 6'9'' w/out shoes...so he's actually 7'1'' in the NBA universe.

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Booker is an off the charts athlete. He'll get in where he fits in and provide that Jason Maxiell/Paul Milsapp role.

Agreed about trading up to get him though, we may have panicked but Ernie and crew like him so go make it happen.

Posted by: elfreako | June 24, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Trevor "terp killer" Booker scouting report..

Strengths: A power forward with terrific strength and athleticism ... He is an energy player who uses his physical attributes to cause problems inside ... He plays hard, and doesn't shy away from contact, looking to mix it up inside and create space using his body ... Very mobile, uses his quickness to get good position in the post and also to get around defenders when attacking ... Has continued to show improvement on his jumpshot (even stepping out to the three), and will need to continue to work on it ... Very good rebounder, the mix of strength and athleticism allow him to clear space and grab rebounds well out of his rebounding area ... Unselfish player, looks to make plays for teammates ... Poses problems defensively, because he can block shots and also get out into the passing lanes ...

Weaknesses: Lacks the size and skill level to be an effective scorer inside ... Does not have many moves in his low post repertoire and is not very comfortable facing up and attacking ... Attacks strictly to his left hand, making him extremely predictable ... Has a tendency to shoot too many fadeaways, with very mixed results ... Has been able to bully his way around in college, but how effective can he be against bigger athletes at the next level?

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 24, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

"Kevin Seraphin = Wizards taking a prospect they can keep on the shelf for a year while players/owners bargain for CBA.

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse "

This sounds stupid.

Why would anyone draft a high first rounder to stay another year overseas?

Surely there could be other players ready to produce right now.

Also, why would Les BouleS need another 6-9 guy who has no offensive skills besides the dunk?

Doesn't make sense.

Also, I thought EG had a hard on for Alibi.

WTF?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 24, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse


Why is it stupid to stockpile some talent for the future? Sounds pretty text-book Ted Leonsis to me.

Who do we need to contribute next year? Are we a player away from doing something special?

At least we're not passing on a prospect so that we can go after someone like Fabricio Oberto.

At least Seraphin can dunk - which is more than can be said for Solomon Alibi in the NBA. At 237 pounds he's not even gonna be close enough to the rim to try to dunk.

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with the Booker deal, if he's as advertised. Yeah, he's undersized, but it's not like he'll be a 30 mpg starter. The Wizards need some toughness and nastiness on court, but also some maturity. If he can be in the same vein as other guys who make up for lack of size with strength and savvy, like Brandon Bass, Kevin Love, Leon Powe, Glen Davis, etc., then that's not a bad get.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 24, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Otherwise, Les BouleS could have drafted Cousins instead...an inside player that the Les BouleS need.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 24, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse


Really?

I didn't know we needed Vin Baker 2.0.

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Ick booker? He wouldn't be there at 30?

I am having nightmare of Booker shooting 3's. Eh if we are lucky maybe he will be the poor mans Rodney Rogers.

Picks 17 and 23 say you better watch your back Blatche. : )

The only saving grace would be if we got Reynolds at 56. I was hoping we would get a late pick to take him. He is a baller.

I like the French kid. We didn't reach to take him. And I will take the first international rank player at 17.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | June 24, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

"Why is it stupid to stockpile some talent for the future? Sounds pretty text-book Ted Leonsis to me.:

Because we need talent right now. Sounds like Seraphin has no clue how to play basketball, not sure how beating up on inferior athletes overseas for another year helps him become an nba player. He sounds like he could be Ben Wallace 2.0 which is great, but he needs to be here.

Posted by: divi3 | June 24, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Kalo-

add D. Blair to your list as well. I was looking forward to having 4 picks in the top 35. Oh well after the top 5 it's a crap shoot.

And my boy Greivis is a Grizz..

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 24, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

$17+mil in cap space, #30 and #35 has become Hinrich, Serrafin, and Booker...

who's happy?

Posted by: FunStreet | June 24, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Really?

I didn't know we needed Vin Baker 2.0.

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 10:05 PM

Or "hot plate" Williams.

Hey divi3- We need talent now? Sure but this isn't a win now team. We will most likely be in the lottery next year.

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 24, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse


Because we need talent right now. Sounds like Seraphin has no clue how to play basketball, not sure how beating up on inferior athletes overseas for another year helps him become an nba player. He sounds like he could be Ben Wallace 2.0 which is great, but he needs to be here.

Posted by: divi3 | June 24, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse


Right now the Wizards "need" everything and anything they can get their hands on.

I don;t know who else is at 17 that you think would step in immediately to give the team a lift.

Between Wall, Arenas and Hinrich, there's certainly not any more room for an impact guard at #17 that's going to give the team a huge lift.

I'm not sure what the clamor is about Alibi. By all accounts Seraphin projects to be a much better inside player/presence than him.

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Props for grevis going in Round 1. Had we not made this move for Hinrich, I was hoping we''d grab him - energy guy, will do anything the coach tells him, good size, can play both guard positions. I think he'll carve out a decent NBA career as a 6th man.

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey divi3- We need talent now? Sure but this isn't a win now team. We will most likely be in the lottery next year.

Posted by: Diesel44 | June 24, 2010 10:11 PM

Seraphin is under contract overseas, who really knows that he'll be here the following season? Seen Juan Carlos Navarro recently? How about Veerminko?

Just saying, I was hoping we'd have Wall plus 3 more picks in camp and competing...maybe get lucky and find a gem.

Posted by: divi3 | June 24, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Beeps.

They are 2 threads ahead of us...

Posted by: p1funk | June 24, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

$17+mil in cap space, #30 and #35 has become Hinrich, Serrafin, and Booker...

who's happy?

Posted by: FunStreet

Be fair, it's $9M per year in cap space. If the Wiz are done moving and no one exciting is there at 56, it's ok, and could be good. Have to wait and see how Serafin develops.

Posted by: ts35 | June 24, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Seraphin is under contract overseas, who really knows that he'll be here the following season? Seen Juan Carlos Navarro recently? How about Veerminko?

Just saying, I was hoping we'd have Wall plus 3 more picks in camp and competing...maybe get lucky and find a gem.

Posted by: divi3

Div, accentuate the positive my friend. Geez.

Posted by: ts35 | June 24, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

No doubt. Heinrich cost 9M/yr in cap space. The 17M I was talking about was how much we were under the cap before the move which could've been used on a free agent or saved for one next year.

Posted by: FunStreet | June 24, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

$17+mil in cap space, #30 and #35 has become Hinrich, Serrafin, and Booker...

who's happy?

Ask me that question in a year.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | June 24, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I blogged yesterday that Ernie had to be a bungling idiot to lose his job in one year.

From my binoculars, he is coming pretty damn close.

We move up to 17 and take a guy from France that isn't available this year. What? Why?

And we are giving up two picks to get Trever Booker who is 6' 7". What? Why?

Somebody hit me over the head. Don't make since to me. What is up?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 24, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

"Somebody hit me over the head. "

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 24, 2010 10:45 PM

First sensible thing you've posted in months. Where's the line form?

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 24, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse


What was so touching? She said two words, she looked like someone was speaking Spanish to her and she didn't know how to react.
Posted by: AnthonyMix | June 24, 2010 8:48 PM |

You were almost aborted by your Mom weren't you?
Read below dipsh|tz.

Courtesy of the Wash Post -
Wall said the sight of his mother overcome with emotion made him choked up, realizing the sacrifices that she made, working two jobs at times, to take care of the family after his father, John Carroll Wall, died of liver cancer when the younger Wall was only 9. Wall had to overcome anger problems and later went from a relative unknown high school prospect from Raleigh, N.C., to become the consensus choice to go No. 1.

Posted by: Rocc00 | June 24, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

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