with a healthy gibert arenas and brendan haywood, who should the wizards pick if they were to get the number 1 pick? should they trade down, take griffin, or take someone else?
Jamison's not gettin any younger, and with Griffin, you have a solid (maybe even all-star) PF for the next 10-12 years. If I were in the Wizards front office and this happened, I'd trade Jamison to a team that could use a skilled, experienced forward (maybe Memphis or Golden State) for a SG and a lottery protected first round pick in 2010.
They Should Play Pecherov.
While passing on Blake Griffin would be nearly impossible for any team holding the #1 overall pick I believe this is a PERFECT fit for James Harden. A starting 5 of Gilbert Arenas, James Harden, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood would be a force, not to mention the bench would have young up and coming players such as Nick Young, Javale McGee and Javaris Crittenton. Obviously injuries are a concern with Arenas and Haywood missing the majority if not all of this season but I could see this team quickly returning to the playoffs with Harden on the roster and Arenas and Haywood returning from their injuries.
If Ricky Rubio does enter the 2009 NBA Draft, I say the Wizards draft him and allow him to run the show with his excellent court vision, while Arenas plays shooting guard. I like the thought rgiller has, with the Wizards drafting James Harden, but they would have too much offensive players with no playmaker to distribute the ball ala the Golden State Warriors (Monta Ellis, Jamal Crawford, Stephen Jackson, and Corey Maggette) If Rubio was to get drafted by the Wizards, they could become the Suns before Shaq. Jamison, Butler, and Arenas can all put up 20 points a game, with Rubio averaging like 7 assists his rookie year. If they don't land Rubio, the second best thing they can do is take Hasheem Thabeet, because they are in desperate need of a shot blocker and interior defense. Not to say Brendan Haywood when healthy can't provide that, but he's too injury prone.
The Wizards should trade down, being a life time fan the Wiz kids do not trade pieces intil they are hated by the fans. They should trade for future picks or draft Blake Griffin, which is most likely. The problem is that they have Crittenton, Young, McGuire, Blatche, Pecherov, and McGee as pieces for the next few years, so if a rookie is drafted they will be on the bench.
James Harden isnt the guy they should pick, they have scoring 2 guards (young and arenas), they need a point guard and an interior player. Blake Griffin is the guy they should choose if they were 2 get the 1st pick and if they get a lower pick in the top 10, brandon jennings and rubio (if he declares) would be decent options. Im not really a rubio fan honestly (as some of you may know) but I feel he would be a decent starter in the nba , but I really think brandon jennings is the next big thing so I would choose him over Rubio. but either way, they would be better at point then where they started
Pending they have a top 5 pick I think Earl Clark or Jordan Hill are their best best. They don't need a shooting guard with Deshawn Stevenson and Nick Young on the roster. I'm not saying either are amazing, but their certainly serviceable. Drafting Rubio is a terrible idea for this team. If Arenas goes down Crittenton has Proven he can become an NBA Point Guard. I kind of shy away from the thought of drafting a big knowing that Etan Thomas, Javale Mcgee, Andray Blatche, and Brendon Haywood are all on the roster. A combo 3/4 makes the most sense for this team as Jamison's age continues to catch up on him so I'd take Hill Over Thabeet, Harden, Rubio, etc. If they do end up with the number one it's the only team on paper that makes a lot of sense taking Griffin.