Fans Should Aim For the NBA Playoffs, Not the NBA Draft

Rachel MarcusCorrespondent IMay 18, 2010

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It's funny how everyone in D.C. is having a spaz attack now that the Wizards have the No. 1 pick in June's NBA Draft.

As a Nets fan, I am royally peeved at my team's No. 3 selection, but as we all sit here debating the draft and going all obsessive-compulsive, let's take a step back and realize this one fact: All of the teams we are obsessing over stink.

My Nets had 12 wins. The T-Wolves didn't do much better. The Wizards are still overcoming their disastrous state.

The fact of the matter is, it takes time to reach the top. The No. 1 pick will not solve a team's worries, and they are only shiny and new for one year. 

Even LeBron could not make the Cavs good until he was a few years in. And John Wall, who everyone believes will be the No. 1 pick, is no LeBron. Neither is Evan Turner.

The teams that will end up better are the ones with a supporting cast. The Wizards have a decent team but have a lot of issues to deal with. The Nets, even though they don't have the No. 1 pick, can get a decent player to go along with Devin Harris, Brook Lopez and maybe LeBron.

But none of these guys are Michael Jordan. And MJ didn't even do so hot in his early years. 

So before fans start jumping off the walls with their top picks, stop for a second and watch the NBA Playoffs. 

Because that is where you want to be. Not the Draft.