It’s bad enough the Washington Wizards tanked most of their season and support for the lowest pick they could’ve possibly received in the 2009 NBA Draft Lottery. But there is a bridge over this troubled water, and it leads out of North Carolina.
Not Ty Lawson, but Stephen Curry.
If you can’t get Blake Griffin, you might as well get the next biggest star in the draft, and that’s the Davidson shooting star. What he lacks in build and speed, he makes up for in shooting range and recognition.
He brings a brand, a swagger and a hope to a Wizards team looking for outside shooting and national recognition.
Curry at his best in a few years could be a Mo Williams type of player. The spot up marksman to compliment each of the Wizards three slashers in Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.
At worst, he’s Mark Price; a guard that can get to the lane enough to take and make free throws at a high clip, and a floor spacer.
And in a conference where the Wizards regressed in competing to be one of the top four teams in the East, Curry instantly bolsters the Wizards’ league wide notoriety.
Gilbert has been injured, and has to work to bring back the worldwide attention he enjoyed just two seasons ago. Stephen Curry, until late February, was Mr. College Basketball, even with Griffin emerging as the top collegiate player in the country.
His work ethic is legit, his media presence is refined and humorous, and he would fit in well with the Washington community. Some may call it a long shot at the fifth pick, but with Stephen Curry, you have to believe it would be a long shot with a great chance of going in.