We don’t often have Christmas in June, but the local NBA team delivered just that.  The Wizards traded their second round pick to New Orleans for Pelicans guard Tim Frazier.  The Penn State product fills a major need for the Wiz as he’ll be expected to back up John Wall;  Frazier averaged 7 points and 5 assists over 24 minutes per game last season.  If there was one deficiency with this 49-win team that screamed over all of the others, it was the second unit.  And second unit efficiency begins with a productive point guard.

What’s also nice is we won’t have to see which player they’ll take in the second round.  Since Ernie Grunfeld came on board over a decade ago.  The Witness Protection Progam should envy the Wizards’ second round success…although there aren’t a lot of players who stick in the NBA once you get to pick #45.

Here’s a glimpse at what the Wizards have wrought over this decade…:

2016- nothing.  The first rounder was dealt for Markieff Morris and the second rounder went towards bringing Kelly Oubre Jr. to DC. Two pieces that are much more promising than Georgios Papagiannis (the Suns’ pick) and Isaia Cordinier (Atlanta’s selection).  The only rookie worth mentioning this past winter was Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon, selected by Milwaukee with the 36th choice.

2015- forward Jerian Grant (Notre Dame) in the first round, forward Aaron White (Iowa) in the second.  Grant was dealt to Atlanta as part of the Oubre deal and is now with Chicago (averaging 17 minutes per game last season).  White has yet to play a minute in the league and the 11 players picked below him have played a combined six games in the NBA.

2014- the first rounder went to Phoenix as part of the deal that delivered Marcin Gortat. The Suns took Tyler Ennis with that selection–and the guard has been traded three times in three seasons as a pro.  The second round saw the Wiz take Jordan Clarkson (forward, Missouri) with the 46th overall selection…and then trade the combo guard to the Lakers for cash considerations.  Clarkson is one of the more productive players from that draft, averaging 14 points over 70 plus games for LA in the last three years.  Nobody taken after Clarkson has seen a third year in the NBA.

2013- Georgetown forward Otto Porter went third overall and is one of the ten most productive players from that draft (according to “win shares” on basketball-reference.com).  Question is, can they sign the forward this summer?  Both second round picks were traded to Philadelphia that night:  South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters (38th selection) played 79 games in the NBA and spent this past season playing pro ball in Belgrade (Serbia) while Oregon forward Arsalan Kazemi didn’t play a regular season minute in the league.  That’s life after the early second round-only three players picked after Wolters reached a fourth year in the NBA.

2012- Florida forward Bradley Beal went third overall and has more than answered expectations during his five years with the team. Tomas Satoransky from the Czech Republic was taken 32nd overall…and averaged 13 minutes over 57 games this past winter in his first season with the team.  Time to hide your eyes:  Jae Crowder, Draymond Green and Khris Middleton were picked 34th, 35th and 39th that year.

2011- Jan Vesely.  With the sixth pick.  The Czech Republic forward voraciously made out with his girlfriend on draft night…and that was the highlight of his tenure in DC. Vesely averaged 4 points and 4 rebounds per game over two years with the team…and saw his NBA career end in 2014 with Denver.  Who did they miss out on? Kemba Walker (9th) and Klay Thompson (11th) would have looked nice not making out with their girlfriends and even nicer in the red, white and blue.  Florida State forward Chris Singleton seemed to be a decent pick at #18…but the Seminole washed out of the league after three years at 4 points per game.  Available? Tobias Harris (#19) and Jimmy Butler (#30).  The Wizard took Shelvin Mack with the 34th overall selection;  the Butler guard has developed into a productive pro–just not in DC.  Guards available at the time?  Forward Chandler Parsons (38th) and guard Isaiah Thomas (60th and last player selected). Ugh.

2010- Before you go off about how easy it is to get the #1 pick right, think about Kwame Brown.  Kentucky freshman guard John Wall has been the player this franchise has been built around over the last seven years, and he’s developed into one of the best point guards in the league.  Paul George may have more “win shares” and a higher “value over replacement player”, but would you rather have the guy who’s trying everything he can to get out of Indy?  The team took Marquette swingman Lazar Hayward and Serbian forward Nemanja Bjelica with the 30th and 35th overall selections…and neither would play a regular season minute with the Wiz.  Both were shipped to Minnesota for Trevor Booker and Hamady N’Diaye.  Hayward was out the of the league after three years and 72 games while Bjelica didn’t play in the NBA until the 2015-16 season with the Timberwolves;  he averaged 11 minutes per game last winter.  Only two players of significance were taken after the 35th pick:  Landry Fields (Knicks-39th) and Lance Stephenson (40th-Indiana).

So in the last seven drafts we’ve seen a couple of slam-dunks and a couple of air-balls.  So brace yourselves when selections #22 and #52 are announced…

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