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With The Third Pick In The 2012 NBA Draft… #Wizards Fans, Who Ya Got?

Updated: May 31, 2012

John Wall contemplates…
Who the Wizards should take.

Anthony Davis would have been nice, very nice. But the world is not always nice. Sure, the Wizards technically “slipped” one spot to third in Wednesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery. But, looking at the odds going in — a 19.9-percent chance to land the first pick, an 18.8-percent chance to land the second pick, a 17.1-percent chance at third, and a whopping 31.9-percent chance to slip to fourth — you can live with the results. I woke up this morning feeling more than content with either Bradley Beal or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist — almost anxious for either/or to happen already.

But, there could be other options. Thomas Robinson anyone? OR… what about a trade?

Twitter is for excitement and overreaction, sometimes. So, in the hype, a conversation between myself and user @UGotTheseIn10 quickly advanced in the direction of sending the third pick to the Portland Trailblazers for Nicolas Batum and the 11th pick (assuming UConn’s Jeremy Lamb would be available at 11) — the idea of jettisoning Andray Blatche to Portland as part of the deal even surfaced. Of course, the unison of such thoughts heavily weighted with Wizards sensibilities means the scenario would most certainly be too good to be true.

Also, per TAI’s John Converse Townsend, team owner Ted Leonsis claims: “I don’t think we’ll trade the third pick in the draft.”

Still, don’t underestimate what tricks Ernie Grunfeld may or may not have up his sleeves.

BUT, as the Wizards stand right now, in the aftermath of the lottery and about 29 days from the draft, who should they take? A quick post-lottery query on Twitter, #WizShouldTake, yielded a sampling of results:

So, let’s put it to a TAI vote…

Who you got, Wizards fans? Beal?

MKG? T-Rob? Someone else?


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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.