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Wizards 2012 Draft Plan B Might Rest In Michael Jordan's Hands

Updated: June 25, 2012

Chris Jackson, later Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, was the third overall pick in 1990. Where will the Washington Wizards go with the No. 3 overall pick in 2012?

Over the weekend reports surfaced from news outlets in both North Carolina (The Charlotte Observer) and Ohio (The News-Herald) that the Cleveland Cavaliers, who hold the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, will trade up with the Charlotte Bobcats, who own the second overall pick. Charlotte would reportedly get the 24th pick from the Cleveland as part of the deal. Such a move by Michael Jordan’s Bobcats could screw the draft hopes of the Washington Wizards.

Coming off last week’s trade for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, Washington’s camp may have revealed a preference for Bradley Beal out of the University of Florida, leading their old nemesis, the Cavs (who are targeting Beal themselves), to believe that they’ll have to sacrifice an asset to get their man. And there’s nothing the Wizards can really do about it other than settle for what’s left.

People, myself included, might make something out of Washington’s draft preference — a pick that, if chosen wrongly, could significantly setback rebuilding — resting in the hands of former Wizard Jordan, but it would be a smart move by the Bobcats. Charlotte GM Rich Cho, as well as the team’s vice chairman, Curtis Polk — who used to be an agent for David Falk, a former rival of the Washington franchise and Abe Pollin — are smart people. They know that Charlotte needs just about everything, and if this means trading down to settle for two out of three prospects being available between North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Kansas’ Thomas Robinson (along with getting the 24th pick, which comes with more value to a team like Charlotte), then the move is a no-brainer. If Wizards fans want to be irked at someone screwing them, it should be directed toward Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert and not necessarily Jordan. Both are easy targets in any case.

But, it’s all in the game, and the Wizards can only worry about themselves. As unideal as it may be, they must always have a Plan B, or C, or D. Problem is, again, with a draft that will be highly influential to Washington’s ability to rebuild while planning not to have a high lottery pick again for quite sometime, Plan B can leave them significantly divergent from the best path. Instead of filling the greatest need of wing scoring with the best shooting guard in the draft, Beal, the Wizards could find themselves settling for Barnes or Kidd-Gilchrist (or Robinson, as unlikely as he may be at this juncture).

Still, there are no guarantees. No guarantee that Beal will be the next Ray Allen or Dwyane Wade, just as much as he could simply be the next Kendall Gill. Nor do we know what type of players Barnes, a potential high-return talent with questionable mental fortitude, or Kidd-Gilchrist, a tenacious wing player and finisher but with lessening degrees of offensive ability the further away from the rim he gets, will be. There’s not even a guarantee that Beal is the player Washington prefers over others. Draft time is about assumptions, rumors, speculation, incorrectness, and mystery. All of these clouds obscure teams reaching for the sun but also trap in the heat, underlying the importance of the Wizards’ brain trust keeping cool.

So, dear reader, whether you prefer Bradley Beal or not, if you will assume for a second that he’s Plan A, what do you do for Plan B?



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  • Jeremy

    I guess this depends on how good Kidd-Gilchrist or Robinson will be out of the gate. Will they be instant starters? Beal is without a doubt the best fit. Harrison Barnes seems to risky to be taken that high.

  • DDUB85

    Draft MKG and we will be in the lottery again next year. If Beal is gone, I think our attention turns to Branes since he can play a BIG 2guard and of course SF.

    Otherwise Im talking with Portland for picks 6 & 11 where Terrence Ross & PJ3 will be.

  • sean

    I don’t see what is wrong with mkg, Harrison Barnes is soft and plays zero defense. Mkg had a big time impact in Kentucky winning the title when Barnes did nothing for unc.

  • Dave

    My head is spinning with this draft. There are five guys that I have seen play that are potential all-stars, not including the superstar Davis. When was the last time this happened? Anyone of them could bust. Just get it right, please.

  • jaren zinn

    bulls are looking to move into lottery and naoh and deng are on the block. trade 3 pick okafor and ariza for noah and deng

  • JP

    Ariza is on a two year deal, so I don’t think his presence on the roster precludes drafting an 18-year old MKG. It’s a cliche, but go with the best player available.

  • Creed

    When we look back at this draft Barnes will be the best player over all. Even above Davis. Barnes is so versatile. He can play 2, 3, or even a hybrid 4. He can shoot outside or finish with the best of them. And he even plays and understands Defense. He was built for the NBA and we will regret passing on Barnes. If the Wizards know what they are doing they will go with Barnes and get a shooter with the 32 pick. yes go with Barnes

  • hosch

    This idea that the trade was a draft play is beyond ridiculous. Grunfeld took on $20 million in salary, so he could get a backup Center for Nene who misses a lot of time. Grunfeld is the least professional GM in the league when it comes to keeping information secure, last year he invited the Czech Republic Presiden to the draft so everyone knew we were drafting the one Czech in the draft Jan.

    He’s probably trying to trade down so he can gamble on our one remaining legitimate asset. I could see him trading down to 6 and hoping T.Robinson falls. If not he’ll draft Austin Rivers.

  • hosch

    When all is said and done Barnes is a disappointment to the team that drafts him and the 4th best SF in this draft.

    1. MKG
    2. Quincy Miller
    3. Terrence Jones
    4. Harrison Barnes