The Washington Wizards defied improbable odds — 4.79 percent — at the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday in New York, hurdling five teams to snag the third overall pick for the second year in a row. Now the franchise finds itself with two enviable choices: hold on to the pick and select a top young talent to go along with John Wall and Bradley Beal, or move the selection to acquire a more veteran player via trade.
“It brings a lot of excitement. Trust me, I’d rather be at three than eight — and we could’ve gone to 11,” said Wizards Coach Randy Wittman, who was finishing up on the golf course when his team’s number combination came up, nerves keeping him from watching the event live. “It’s all luck. There is no rhyme or reason to it.”
This draft doesn’t have any players projected to have an immediate impact, but the Wizards will be able to pick from a pool that includes Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr., UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett, Indiana guard and DeMatha product Victor Oladipo, Maryland center Alex Len and Indiana center Cody Zeller. They could also get Kentucky center Nerlens Noel or Kansas guard Ben McLemore if either player is bypassed by Cleveland or Orlando.