Since the 2010 NBA draft, the Washington Wizards have made a total of six top 14 draft picks. Several times they have picked just outside the lottery (twice for 15th place overall) and for a couple of years they have not picked in the first round at all due to previous trading commitments.
When you evaluate the recent history of Wizards lottery picks, you quickly notice the discrepancies in production. While some years have seen face-of-the-franchise caliber players chosen, there have also been duds that many fans wish they could forget.
This rating takes into account the selected player and how they progressed for the Wizards. We also need to consider who the wizards passed on and whether the franchise brought out the best in the player chosen.
Of course, while some of the listed players are still building their NBA careers, they can rank between the top picks and the one pick that didn’t work out at all. That failure kicks off the Wizards’ ranking of lottery picks since the 2010 NBA draft.
#6 – 2011 NBA Draft: Wizards pick Jan Veselý sixth overall
In a way, Veselý is the lowest-ranked lottery by default here. We don’t need to explain much or delve into many stats to show the difference between him and the upcoming players.
With Veselý it is short and simple. He missed as badly as you’ll see in the top ten in an NBA draft. After being picked by the Wizards, the Czech forward couldn’t even show the benefits a team would have in picking him so early in the draft.
Ultimately, Veselý played a total of 162 NBA games over four seasons. He last played in the 2013-14 season as a member of the Denver Nuggets of the NBA.
After retiring from the NBA, Veselý produced abroad for a few years. The list of players chosen after the wizards took their man takes that decision from bad to terrible.
Future Hall of Famers were selected after Veselý such as Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson. Potential Hall of Famer Jimmy Butler has also been passed on from the Wizards, as have longtime high-profile producers such as Kemba Walker, Nikola Vučević and Tobias Harris, to name a few.
Simply put, this one will always be bad.
#5 – 2013 NBA Draft: Wizards Select Ottor Porter Jr. as Third Draft
It must first be recognized that the next few guys may well go in a few different directions. While we do have some young players that we’ll discuss shortly, Otto Porter Jr. has the “advantage” of ranking lower than the two up-and-coming players for a few reasons.
By the time the Wizards took him third overall, there was broad consensus in the league that he was as NBA capable as it gets. While not the best choice, everyone called Porter Jr. a safe bet to have for years to come.
He’s also stayed in the NBA all these years. In the right role, he can be an X-Factor, as he was at times for the Golden State Warriors. However, things just didn’t come together as they should in Washington after the team took him to third place overall and placed him alongside the likes of John Wall and Bradley Beal.
It also hurts his ranking considering he was the “safe” pick even though the face of the NBA today was the high-risk, high-reward guy in this draft (Giannis Antetokounmpo).
What if the wizards didn’t care as much about how their choices fit their already constructed core? Things could be very different if they appreciated the potential in the 2013 NBA draft a lot more. Other players who career-wise superseded Porter Jr. but were taken after him include Rudy Gobert and CJ McCollum.
If this pick were in the mid-to-late lottery rather than up in the draft, there would be a case for a higher placement for the very solid Porter Jr.