Derrick Williams is the only player worth giving up future considerations to acquire. But as NBA-ready as the Arizona sophomore is, he’s not going to make either the Cavaliers or the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have picks Nos. 1 and 2, a playoff team in 2012.
So the Wizards, who choose sixth and 18th in the first round and have the No. 34 choice in the second round, are left with a cadre of long, athletic Euros as the first to put around Wall.
Let’s face it: When a draftnik on NBATV says, “I’m worried about Jonas Valanciunas slipping out of the top 10,” it’s not a bang-up year to choose pro basketball players.
(Personally, I’m worried if Utah doesn’t take The Jimmer at No. 12. If BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, the leading scorer in the nation, is passed over by the Jazz for some Euro stringbean, all of Provo will understandably revolt.)
But it is a good year to think outside the box. Twenty percent of the NBA is now made up of players not from America, including the MVP of the Finals, Dirk Nowitzki — and it took him 13 years to win a title.
The motto of the draft is essentially the motto of the Wizards since Ted Leonsis took over last year: Be patient. Eventually, the kids will get it.
Vesely is not going to change the culture like Wall has begun to at Verizon Center. But he is a building block. And until Washington actually spends money next offseason for a big-time free agent, until this young crew grows up and bona fide playoff players are identified in the next 12 months and the ones who are not are sent packing, he is a good pick in a bad draft.
That he’s from somewhere else than America shouldn’t have anything to do with taking him with the sixth pick Thursday night. If you can’t get your head around that, remember the mistake Michael Jordan made on draft night 10 years ago.