Washington Wizards: Why the No. 3 Pick Is Exactly What the Wizards Needed

Darryl FetzCorrespondent IIJune 4, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02:  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14 of the Kentucky Wildcats lays the ball up in front of Jeff Withey #5 of the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Washington Wizards got the No. 3 pick in the draft lottery, and it was a perfect spot to be in for Washington. The Wizards No. 1 priority in this draft has to be shooting guard. With Jordan Crawford, they have a high-volume shooter who can score easily but does not always understand and fit in with the overall offensive flow that the Wizards are trying to run. 

What they need is a smart shooting guard who can knock down open shots, can play excellent defense and someone who can work off the ball with John Wall. Wall is a point guard who needs the ball in his hands to be successful, so whoever plays opposite of him needs to be able to be effective by doing the little things on the court. 

The previous paragraph describes a very specific type of player, and luckily for the Wizards, that player is going to be there at No. 3 to draft. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was not the best player on Kentucky last season, but in my opinion he was the most important. He does everything for his team to win and would be a great compliment to Wall in the backcourt. 

The Hornets are going to take Anthony Davis at No. 1, so then it is only the Bobcats between the Wizards and Kidd-Gilchrist. Hopefully for D.C. the Bobcats are looking to take a big, so Andre Drummond or Thomas Robinson would be the pick. That would leave Kidd-Gilchrist to the Wizards, which would be the perfect fit for both player and team.