The NBA Lottery is over. The order is set and the new mock drafts are flooding the web walls. In just about everyone's, John Wall is the prospective No. 1 overall pick.
I also have seen Chad Ford break down and explain how much the Washington Wizards need a point guard like Wall, to push Gilbert Arenas to his more comfortable position at the 2. Then after that, wait until the last pick in the first round to attack the frontcourt, or add some three-point shooting on the wings.
Sounds great, right? There has been speculation that the Wizards could deal their first-round pick, nobody said anything of it—that's until today, at least.
Head coach Flip Saunders was interviewed yesterday by Reggie Miller. In that interview, when asked about the team's reaction to getting the No. 1 pick, he stated, “We looked like a bunch of Little League players jumping all over each other, getting ready to go to Dairy Queen.”
Then asked about the possibility of trading the pick, he said, “We’re not going to trade the pick. We’re not entertaining that.
"That isn’t an option for us. We’re sold on keeping the pick and we’re not trading it.”
Finally, Miller asked the question everybody wants to know: John Wall or Evan Turner? In reply Saunders stated, “I personally like Evan Turner more, but I know John Wall is the consensus No. 1 pick.
"Maybe you try and trade Gilbert Arenas and get some other things Washington needs. When healthy, he’ll give you 25 to 30 points. They have options."
So with that in mind, how good should you feel if your team selects John Wall? Flip Saunders said, "We’re going to get a player with character, talent, and can be with us a long time.”
So how would you feel right now if you were John Wall? Either he or Turner can go to the Wizards, but Wall is definitely not a lock.
There are some possibilities of taking each player and here they are:
Selecting John Wall No. 1 Overall
You heard Flip Saunders, maybe if they draft John Wall the organization will make a deal for Arenas....Hold on just a second. Arenas has one of the richest contracts in the NBA with $80 million dollars left on it.
I don't know about you, but if I were an NBA team I definitely wouldn't risk my money for a player that is in a legal dispute as well as facing crucial knee injuries in the past.
However, I’ve heard of them possibly shifting Arenas to the 2 position, where he can work off the ball, where he has been more comfortable at in his career. Also the team has high hopes for them to play together. Imagine this: a dynamic point guard like Wall, and a superstar player in Arenas—in the same backcourt? I like that scenario a lot.
Just think: John Wall, Gilbert Arenas, Josh Howard, Al Thornton, and Andray Blatche.
Selecting Evan Turner No. 1 Overall
Just this year the Wizards traded away Antawn Jamison, Brenden Haywood, and Caron Butler. That was over half of their production. Not to mention, Jamison was the leader of this team while Arenas was injured and he carried them on his back for the most part, even when Arenas was healthy.
So they need a wingman and a post presence as well. If you draft by need, you take Evan Turner here.
Turner and Arenas would be the perfect duo. Turner can play the role of the great wingman, Arenas the dynamic point guard, and Andray Blatche could work as their frontier force. Not to mention, taking Turner here could possibly open up the door for them to attack the front court later in the draft.
Just think: Gilbert Arenas, Evan Turner, Josh Howard, Andray Blatche, and a possible later draftee like Gani Lawal, or Craig Brackins.
In my opinion, I like the Turner gig more. He can give you that scoring from the shooting guard position and even move to the 3 if Howard was to face an injury. If the Wizards want versatility and leadership on their roster, Evan Turner is the correct pick!