2011 NBA Draft: Why the Washington Wizards Won Big on Draft Night

Max MinskerCorrespondent IJune 24, 2011

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 23:  Jan Vesely from the Czech Republic greet NBA Commissioner David Stern after he was selected #6 overall by the Washington Wizards in the first round during the 2011 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center on June 23, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Many teams did well in last night's draft, but one team that stands out above the rest is the Washington Wizards. The Wizards filled their greatest needs, and they filled them with the right players for the right value. 

With the No. 6 overall pick, the Wizards took Jan Vesely, the 6'11'' product from the Czech Republic. Vesely is a forward who is probably better suited to play the three.

Vesely can run the floor extremely well for his size. Usually these European big men play finesse games, but Vesely isn't afraid to go right over people. He has been called the European Blake Griffin. He's not a great shooter, and he'll have to work on his touch if he wants to play small forward, but he has all the tools.

Vesely fits right in with the kind of offense the Wizards want to run. With John Wall at the point, this Wizards team is going to play an exciting brand of basketball. Between Wall, McGee and now Vesely, Washington is going to be an extremely athletic team.

With the No. 18 pick, the Wizards took Chris Singleton from Florida State. He isn't the best fit, but at No. 18, the value is unbelievable. Singleton could have been a lottery pick, and he brings great value to the table with this pick. He is extremely athletic and can be useful next year as a defensive stopper.

In stretches, the Wizards may be able to put Singleton, Vesely, and McGee on the floor together as Vesely and Singleton can both defend power forwards. No one can match that kind of athleticism.  The Wizards are going to be an interesting team to watch to say the least.

With their last pick at No. 34, they took Butler Guard Shelvin Mack. Mack isn't going to be a star, but in the second round they filled their need for a backup point guard. The Wizards didn't extend a qualifying offer to Mustafa Shakur, so they only have one point guard on their roster right now. If Mack can grow into a player that can  successfully back up John Wall, then this pick is a great one.

If you look at the Wizards' three picks, all three are good value picks. They fit the team's needs and the talent level surpasses the picks they used to get for players. I would go as far as to say the Wizards were the winners of this year's draft.