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Wizards' plan was to get tougher through draft

Wizards team President Ernie Grunfeld said among the team's top priorities in this draft was to add toughness, and thus it made a deal with Minnesota for the No. 23 and 56 picks in exchange for the 30th and 35th selections.

"There were two or three guys we were looking at, and we were hoping to get two players that we were really looking at at 30 and 35, but it didn't look like it was going to happen," Grunfeld said, "and we wanted to make sure that we got the player we were looking at, and that's the reason we moved up, because if we stayed at 30 and 35, we could have lost both those players."

Washington moved up to acquire the rights to Clemson 6-foot-7 power forward Trevor Booker at No. 23. Booker was one of the rare four-year players in this draft, and that maturity combined with a physical style of play were too enticing to pass up, according to Grunfeld.

Washington also acquired the rights to Hamady Ndiaye at No. 56. Ndiaye was the Big East defensive player of the year for Rutgers.

"It remains to be seen how everything works," Grunfeld said. "It's really up to the players and how much they can contribute, but [Booker is] really fast getting up and down the floor. He's very aggressive. He's a good rebounder, he's very physical, and one of the things we wanted to address is the physicality of our team and getting tougher, and I think we've added a couple of players that have shown they have some toughness and who will compete and are not afraid to put their bodies in the way."

By Gene Wang  |  June 25, 2010; 12:35 AM ET
Categories:  NBA draft  
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Mmkay, let's hope this Booker fellow is like Sir Charles angry little cousin.

Posted by: creativefunk | June 25, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Now take a flier on Omar Samhan, Ernie!

Posted by: and_1 | June 25, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Let us resign Mr. Howard, Mr. Livingston, and embrace the Arenas. 2 years from now, we will all be drinking champagne and celebrating that all 11 players will be in the hall of fame. Drink up, you cannot go higher until you hit rock bottom, and that happened last year.

Posted by: MarkAction | June 25, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

get zoubek!!!

Posted by: merajc86 | June 25, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Ndiaye? Tougher?

He's a human stringbean like JaTravel!

EG's new soap opera: As the Nose Grows..

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 25, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Mmkay, let's hope this Booker fellow is like Sir Charles angry little cousin.

Posted by: creativefunk | June 25, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

creativefunk,

You got the "little" part right...

http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Trevor-Booker-1305/

has him listed at 236 so he's not like Blair or Barkley who could use their girth to block out and not get pushed around.

Why do the Wizards fall in love with ACC guys?

Is it because Ernie is too lazy to travel and do some real scouting?

New owner sounded great but with the same guy running the draft they got the same results...

Next year when the guys they drafted (other then Wall) don't work out, please don't start with the hindsight BS!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 25, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I like the fact that both of the two college bigs are seniors. It keeps them within range of the youth movement but--at least theoretically/hopefully--they'll come in with a bit more perspective and levelheadedness than most rookies, who tend to be younger these days. I get the feeling that this team will need levelheadedness as much as toughness next season.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 25, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

I am trying to understand Grunfeld's thinking in this draft.

I suppose I'm just too stupid to grasp the concepts of "making big mistakes".

This team has been soft as duck butter since the Beef Brothers.

So what does he draft? A 6'9" Frenchmen with no discernible basketball skills, a 6'7" undersized PF.(Another James Singleton?), followed up by a 6'11" stick.
(See JaVale McGee)
I like McGee, but I don't need two of them.

I suppose the combined 18 fouls these three will collect attempting to keep Howard, Lee, Bogut, Hibbert, Al Horton, Lopez, etc. from posting up anywhere they want is going to be our new defensive strategy.

Posted by: bozomoeman | June 25, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

I am trying to understand Grunfeld's thinking in this draft.

I suppose I'm just too stupid to grasp the concepts of "making big mistakes".

Posted by: bozomoeman | June 25, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

bozomoeman

EG doesn't think about the draft and his draft history proves it!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 25, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse

This was a really good draft. Seraphin played for the best team in the French League, and is an excellent prospect to replace Blatche in a year or two when AB demands his All-Star salary. Booker can step in next year as a backup. N'Diaye was probably taken to help Seraphin acclimate which is a very smart move, but he can also be the third center off the bench.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 25, 2010 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Good Gawd people...How can anyone be ragging on this draft??? Look it over one more time and Wall aside, consider our new point guard from Chicago who actually likes playing D as much as making assists and clutch jumpers and runners. We did GOOD this time folks. Put the Jordan - Kwame Brown blunder behind us once and for all and let's move on. We actually have the makings of a team that will contend with or without a healthy, motivated Arenas. If Arenas stays, gets his S together and committs to playing the 2 spot, both on O and D along side Wall with Hinnrich coming in off the bench we will have a scary backcourt. Add AB who is finally playing ball in the PF position and we have a real team. I like what's going on for the first time in a long time. Now...if we change our name back to "The Bullets" I'll start buying jerseys and fly back home for games (The Park City, Utah skiing scene is the best but I'm tired of watching the Jazz...I'm a homer at heart).

Posted by: parkcityskinsfan | June 25, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Parkcity,
Our new point guard from Chicago is a 29 year old with 2 yrs/17 million left. That means the Wizards lose that cap space for two years, that we could have used to take on bad contracts for picks. The pick we made for this not only bad but horrendous contract (not even an expiring like MoPete but a two year deal) is a raw player with the skillset exclusively of a center but the size of a PF. We traded the 30th and 35th for guy with SF-height but who can only play PF because he lacks the nonpost game of an SF. We then took N'Diaye with the 56th who not only is an extremely raw center without any bulk, but one who will turn 24 this season.

Posted by: emmet1 | June 25, 2010 3:17 AM | Report abuse

bozomoeman,

What's EG's thinking?

Upside.

Rather than targeting a player with the #17 pick who he projected as a reliable role player or spot starter, he's swung for the fences. Seraphin may be raw, but for a guy who's only been playing 5 years, he seems like he has a pretty well developed game (halfway decent post moves, nice hook shot, an ability to finish around the rim). He'll face a steep learning curve, but at 20 he's got some time to work things out.

Booker seems more like a case of targeting a need. He seems like he could be more of an energy guy who needs some more polish. His wingspan and vertical should compensate at PF for the height disadvantage.

If the Wizards had been able to move even earlier into the draft for the 2nd selection, I suspect EG would have picked differently, but #17 even in a deep draft seems like it's a bit of a crap shoot.

I like the move for Hinrich. Figure the Wizards have some moves they'll need to do in free agency as far as signing Josh Howard, and Singleton if they price is right. This is not a team that's targeting a championship next year.

Posted by: JPRS | June 25, 2010 3:50 AM | Report abuse

Before the draft, I was tempted to come out and just say that I really hoped the team would look for frontcourt players who were at least 6'8". Booker is exactly the type of player that I did not want because his ceiling is too low (so is the top of his head for that matter).

I was singing the praises of Gani Lawal for weeks because I prefered a lunch pail type of guy over a player who has grown used to being his team's leading scorer every night and got by on shear brute strength now that big men don't stick around in college b-ball.

Posted by: SportzWiz | June 25, 2010 4:02 AM | Report abuse

@emmet1 3:17 AM

EXCELLENT astute analysis on your part !

GruNtfeld didn't exactly surround Wall with the needed talent.

Btw, the performance of C.Butler & A.Jamison in this year's playoffs for Dallas & Cleveland shows how tremendously flawed the Wiz plans were.

Posted by: renostaging2005 | June 25, 2010 4:07 AM | Report abuse

Booker is a classic tweener. The Bullets need a wing. Yeah I said Bullets because this team has been vexed since they changed the name. By my account there were two good 3's on the board when we took Booker. The Wiz also have a decision to make between Al Thornton and Josh Howard.

Posted by: jtrob_1 | June 25, 2010 4:33 AM | Report abuse

Booker is a classic tweener. The Bullets need a wing. Yeah I said Bullets because this team has been vexed since they changed the name. By my account there were two good 3's on the board when we took Booker. The Wiz also have a decision to make between Al Thornton and Josh Howard.

Posted by: jtrob_1 | June 25, 2010 4:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey guys, I wonder if some of the drafting philosophy in this draft is influenced by Leonsis' hockey experience? Let me explain. In hockey one of the key aspects of the game is to be able to protect your most prized player (if you have one) like Ovechkin. During the first few years after Alex came on board for the Caps, it was apparent that the opposing teams had a "tougher" mentality and would try to go after the Caps' key players. Then they decided to get tough and signed that guy (his name slips me at the moment) who was an "enforcer" and would drop the gloves to fight anyone.

So, I wonder if Leonsis is going the same route at the beginning of John Wall's tenure here in Washington by surrounding him with players who aren't shy about mixing it up with the opposing teams, i.e., an enforcer type of player.

Posted by: humen8r | June 25, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Ernie screws this team again. Wiz already could sign singleton and thorton. Booker not better than either. Then a 6'9 player that has no skills. Unless they pickup a free agent he has set the team back. Minn. and Wiz will be back in the lottery again. Kenny Anderson told the Minn. GM he'll be back in the lottery already. Thanks Ernie and Flip for joining him. These guys do not know talent. Bad teams stay bad because of boneheads like this. Wall will have to be the 2nd coming of Jordan for this team to make the playoffs.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | June 25, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

"Next year when the guys they drafted (other then Wall) don't work out, please don't start with the hindsight BS!Posted by: bulletsfan78"

LOL tell you what -- everyone here will remember that you thought Wall was the only good pick the Wiz made. And recall that you thought Ernie Grunfeld was too lazy to scout players, and that you were convinced that some player the Wiz didn't take will turn out to be better than the ones they did.

But in return, would you acknowledge that you can't actually predict the future and are instead relying on the old trick of simply refusing to admit there's anything positive about any player you don't like?

It's only fair, my friend...

Posted by: Samson151 | June 25, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

"Ernie screws this team again. Wiz already could sign singleton and thorton. Booker not better than either. Then a 6'9 player that has no skills. Unless they pickup a free agent he has set the team back. Minn. and Wiz will be back in the lottery again. Kenny Anderson told the Minn. GM he'll be back in the lottery already. Thanks Ernie and Flip for joining him. These guys do not know talent. Bad teams stay bad because of boneheads like this. Wall will have to be the 2nd coming of Jordan for this team to make the playoffs.Posted by: rnbrown4"

Look, just so we can save ourselves another round of 'I told you so' next year -- we're all aware that it's very unlikely the Wiz will be anything but a lottery club once again, and given the turnover, may in fact even be worse than they were this past season. Therefore any predictions of great improvement should be regarded as results of a somebody having a transient episode of optimism.

We already know that.

So you don't have to keep insisting it's all Ernie's fault. Heard that the first 11,268,987 times.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 25, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

"By my account there were two good 3's on the board when we took Booker."Posted by: jtrob_1"

Just curious -- who are you thinking of?

Also, sounds like you and Grunfeld disagreed about what the Wiz needed. You wanted a wing 3, he wanted a tough guy. I thought they needed a physical center who could hold position in the post. In reality, they need all three, and lot more besides. Probably another whole draft's worth. And a couple solid FAs. And that's just for respectability.

Plus they need time for Wall to mature and all these new players to develop and the team to learn to play together.

So no matter which way Ernie went last night, he's leaving a whole lot unaddressed.

Now if somebody other struggling club would just take Gilbert off his hands in exchange for next season's number one, that could help a lot.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 25, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

"Before the draft, I was tempted to come out and just say that I really hoped the team would look for frontcourt players who were at least 6'8"...I was singing the praises of Gani Lawal for weeks because I prefered a lunch pail type of guy over a player who has grown used to being his team's leading scorer every night and got by on shear brute strength now that big men don't stick around in college b-ball.Posted by: SportzWiz"

I like Lawal, thought he would be a good choice at 30, same as Booker. Don't know why Booker's stock rose more than Lawal's. I don't really think Booker will be a scorer in the NBA. He has better offense than Gani does, but they're both 'lunchpail' types who rely mostly on strength and toughness inside. Here are the comparison numbers:

Height: GL 6'7.5", TB 6'6.5"
Weight: GL 233, TB 236
Wingspan: GL 7', TB 6'9.75"
Standing reach: Gl 8'11.5" TB 8'10"
No step vertical; GL 27", TB 31"
Max vertical: GL: 31.5", TB 36"
Bench: GL 20, TB 22
Agility: GL 11.61, TB 11.15
Sprint: GL 3.24 TB 3.10

As far as college rebounding, Gani averaged 8.5, Trevor 8.4. Lawal put up 13 points a game in the ACC, Booker 15.

Gani wasn't the primary inside player for Ga Tech, as Booker had to be for Clemson. Gani did average 2.2 TOs, unacceptably high for somebody who doesn't handle the ball a lot, while Booker cut his down to one. Booker is the better passer out of the post.

They're just not that different. Both will have a challenge scoring inside against bigger players -- Gani's longer but not nearly the leaper that Booker is, so it balances somewhat.

Judgement call, I think. We'll wait and see.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 25, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

SCOUTING REPORT Kevin Seraphin: 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: yetanotherpassword | June 25, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I like the Seraphin pick based on potential.
If we get a Charles Oakley out of it, then it will be a great pick. Else...who knows.

The Booker pick is not good value.
We could have stayed there with the 30th or 35th pick & gotten him.

Debate back on the 14th about Booker was his length. You can't teach size & you don't see a lot Charles Barkley's type these days:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/wizardsinsider/2010/06/luke-harangody-trevor-booker-a.html

Posted by: Rocc00 | June 25, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I don't think we ever saw a lot of Charles Barkleys. If Booker has the stomach to mix it up in the paint he'll be fine.

Posted by: artiesliver | June 25, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

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