It's pretty bad when you have had high lottery picks in the last four NBA drafts and completely failed on half of them. I give a promising incomplete on the 2010 and 2012 drafts, but John Wall and Bradley Beal appear well on their way to giving the Wizards a long term dynamic duo in the backcourt.
In 2009, the Wizards had the fifth pick in the draft and decided to trade it to Minnesota for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. What? Foye and Miller spent one injury plagued season in Washington, they departed by mutual decision with the Wiz getting nothing in return. The Timberwolves ended up taking Ricky Rubio with that pick. Two picks later, Golden State took guard Stephen Curry out of Davidson. Yes, the same Curry that scored 54 against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden last night.
While we are at it, the 2011 draft was another faliure. Picking sixth, the Wiz took forward Jan Vesely. Vesely can't play and nobody else wants him. Another wasted pick who will just fade away when his rookie contract expires. Wouldn't Kawhi Leonard look good at small forward? He was a spectacular college player at San Diego State and is really coming on for the Spurs. He was taken nine spots after Vesely. Kenneth Faried? the rebounding machine from Morehead State went pick 22 to Denver. To be fair, other than Kyrie Irving at number one to Cleveland, 2011 is shaping up as one of the worst NBA drafts of All-Time.
2007 and 2008 were no different. How about Nick Young and JaVale McGee?
Oh well, we have another chance with a fifth straight high lottery pick this summer.