Best Week in Washington Sports: Ernie Grunfeld


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My colleague Chris Cillizza has a great weekly feature called “Worst Week in Washington,” where he spotlights a political figure who has landed on the wrong side of the press. I’m stealing a page out of his playbook, and it was my original intention to award a “Worst Week” to a D.C. sports figure every Friday. But I’m generally not a cranky person, so I decided that the Bog version should be all puppies and chocolate-chip cookies. So here’s “Best Week in Washington Sports.” 

When the Wizards avoided drawing the eighth draft pick in Tuesday’s draft lottery, it jumped them to a guaranteed top 3 pick. Now, I don’t fully understand the wacky draft rules that allowed this to happen (to me it’s like watching Joey, Ross and Chandler play Bamboozle), but it doesn’t matter because the result was that Ernie Grunfeld gets a gem of a pick. He gets a young guy who can likely contribute right away. He gets a guy he can build around.

Plus, he gets to say mysterious things like this:

“Well, I think it’s a three-player draft. But I won’t tell you who that third player is.”

Will he trade the pick? Probably not. Will he take local college star Otto Porter or Alex Len? Maybe. Does he get a solid pick for any position? Yes. And the point is, the man has choices, which is an NBA executive’s dream.

Besides, John Wall, Bradley Beal and a third overall pick on the same team during the last year of Grunfeld’s current contract looks pretty good for the Wizards GM.

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