The Washington Wizards thought they struck lottery gold in 2001 when the team got the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. We all remember what happened with that pick: Kwame Brown.
Nothing else needs to be said.
The Wizards have four games left to end this miserable season. The only bright spot is that the Wiz will get a very high draft pick. Winning any one of the next four games could hurt you. Right now the team is tied with the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings for the third worst record in the NBA.
The Wizards players would never try to lose, but losing the remainder of the games would improve the odds the Wizards could get the No. 1 pick in the draft.
So what if? Who should the Wizards draft? The draft is months away, but why not look forward to next year? It can only get better from here. The Wiz already reached rock bottom.
If the Wiz hit the jackpot and get the No. 1 pick, who you do want? Remember, the Wizards are now in a rebuilding stage. The team proved that by trading Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood.
Do you pick Kentucky's fabulous freshman John Wall? He's a star point guard who can score, pass and is extremely talented.
Another option would be to go big. Kentucky's big man, Demarcus Cousins, has huge upside.
There are a lot of talented players in this year's draft, but the Wizards really need to get a top-three pick to get one of these guys. Don't forget the Wizards will have two first-round picks. They will get one of the final picks in the first round from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Jamison trade.
Message to team: look ahead to next year.