As America watched the 2010 NBA Draft Lottery tonight, there were most likely some NBA players watching with severe apprehension.
Devin Harris, Jonny Flynn and others were wondering what would happen to their position should their teams land the coveted number one spot.
Those players are breathing sighs of relief, but there's one player who should be jumping for joy: Gilbert Arenas.
With John Wall on board, finally Gilbert Arenas can realize his destiny: as a shooting guard.
I've been a proponent for years that Gilbert should be a shooting guard. Except for his height, everything about Gil screams shooting guard. He wants the ball with the game on the line. He can beat you in any number of ways. He's got that swagger that players like Kobe and Tracy McGrady have.
But as a point guard, Gilbert doesn't have that pass-first, help-my-teammates-become-better mentality.
Gilbert should play the Kobe position, occasionally moving the ball past halfcourt, but mostly moving without the ball, getting himself where he needs to be.
A backcourt of Gilbert and Wall should frighten every team in the East, nay, the NBA.
Though undersized, those two are capable of doing a whole lot of damage.
Wall has a complete game. He can do everything on offense. He can pass, he can move without the ball, he can score in any number of ways.
Sure, his jump shot could use some work, but he'll get better. After all, he's 19, and his game is already mature beyond his years.
A Gilbert/Wall combo could be the most dangerous backcourt since Isaiah/Dumars. Think about it.
How many teams have two perimeter defenders that are capable of stopping quicker guards? Not many.
For every Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant or Chris Paul, you've got a Mario Chalmers, Derek Fisher or Marcus Thornton waiting on the other side.
Add to the Wizards someone like Josh Howard (should they keep him) Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee, and all of a sudden you've got a team that could score 110 a night, and not be too shabby on the defensive end.
As a Washington, D.C. resident, I know the next month will be filled with a whole lot of "Wall or Turner" discussions. But it all depends on Gilbert Arenas.
Are you more comfortable with Gilbert at the point, and Evan Turner at shooting guard? Those are two guards that need the ball in their hands to make an impact, and neither one much of a distributor.
Or would you rather have Gilbert at the two, scoring as he sees fit, with John Wall distributing the ball and also preventing teams from doubling Gilbert?
The Wizards have fallen on hard times lately, but here is a chance for them to do the right thing. John Wall represents a new era, a chance to become an elite team.
Add Wall to a bunch of cap space and some motivated talent already on the roster, and all of a sudden, Washington, D.C. basketball might be alive and well again.
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