NBA Draft Grades: Why Washington Wizards Made Smartest Pick in First Round
NBA Draft Grades The Washington Wizards No.18th Pick as The Best Move of The First Round
After the Washington Wizards bottomed out a season ago in wake of the Gilbert Arenas gun saga, they began the rebuilding process by selecting point guard John Wall with the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft.
This year the focus was finding players that could play along side the game of Wall. That was certainly evident when they selected the ultra fast big man Jan Vesely at No. 6.
It was a smart pick, but it wasn't as savvy as the other first round selection they made: with pick No. 18 they grabbed Florida St. defensive guru Chris Singleton.
The New York Knicks had their chance to select him just a pick earlier at No. 17, but whiffed. This is not sitting well with ESPN New York writer Stephen A. Smith:
Once realizing they actually passed up Chris Singleton, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward deemed capable of defending at least three positions on the floor, who finished his last two seasons at Florida State on the All-Defensive team, forgive me for believing the Knicks actually lived up to their middle name.
Wizards guard Nick Young is a free agent and will likely be relocating to another city so the minutes will be there for him right away. Singleton has the ability to defend the quickest guards on the floor while still being able to body up the LeBron James type players in the league. He is the shutdown defender that the Wiz so desperately need.
He is fast enough to keep up with Wall on the break and is more than capable of scoring 10-12 points a game right off the bat. But with Wall and the emergence of Jordan Crawford, he won't have to.
It may have taken a bit of luck, but make no mistake about it, the Wizards will look like geniuses down the line for nabbing Singleton so late in the first round.
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