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Not everybody would take Irving, Wizards favor Williams

May 17, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

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The consensus is that Duke point guard Kyrie Irving will be the top pick in the draft.

That is, unless lightning strikes twice for the Washington Wizards.

Last season the Wizards won the lottery and drafted John Wall. Washington doesn’t need another point guard. So if lighting strikes twice the Wizards are going to go another direction. And no, not Turkish center Enes Kanter, according to a tweet from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated.

And as for the notion of the Wiz possibly taking Kanter No. 1 if they got the pick, I’m told they have Williams atop their board.

Derrick Williams is the athletic forward out of Arizona. He can run the floor and would be a good fit running the wing next to Wall (and the Wizards should run more next year, regardless).

There has been some talk of Kanter or someone else sliding up the draft board, but don’t bet on it. The only way Irving doesn’t go No. 1 is if that team doesn’t need a point guard and can’t trade out of the spot.

  1. purdueman - May 17, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Re: The NBA draft, it played out EXACTLY as I said it would (with Cleveland getting the first overall pick in the draft). That’s what Stern the puppetmaster wanted… i.e., to try and take some of the sting out of the La Bum debacle last offseason. The Cavs will also draft 4th overall, complements of the hapless LA Clippers.

    • goforthanddie - May 17, 2011 at 9:22 PM

      Exactly what I thought.

    • savocabol1 - May 18, 2011 at 8:12 AM

      Your facts are wrong purdueman. The Cavs got the first overall pick thanks to the Clippers. The Cavs should have gotten number two based on the % but their pick fell to number 4.

      • purdueman - May 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

        Semantics; it really doesn’t matter which of the two first round picks the Cavs had that wound up being 1st overall, but it’s the fact that they did and as usual puppetmaster Stern got the end result that he was no doubt seeking.

    • pepesmith88 - May 18, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      Wow…Cavs take 1st pick?

      The script on this one is more obvious than WWE

  2. jstrizzle - May 17, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Is it time to rip the Clippers for trading that first round lottery pick? Derrick Williams or Kyrie Irving sure would look nice next to Blake Griffin. This site proclaimed them the smartest ever for making that trade. Kinda backfired really.

    • kinggw - May 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      Did it really backfire? The Clippers were more likely to end up with the 8th pick in a weak draft than what happened last night. Furthermore they dont need Irving as they have Bledsoe already and who says Derrick Williams will amount to be anything special? He is a tweener who tore up a weak Pac10 and is too small to be a 4 and too slow to be a 3. Would we even be talking about Williams as a top 5 pick if he didnt have a great tournament? Yes he destroyed Duke in the tournament, but so did Tyrus Thomas a few years back. Williams seems to me as someone who projects to be a good role player and nothing more.

      The Clippers got from under Davis’ contract and will have some money to spend on established veterans instead of hoping that their high draft pick will pan out. I think it was a win-win for both the Cavs and the Clips.

      • purdueman - May 18, 2011 at 1:12 PM

        king… good points. While this draft lacks “franchise” type players at the top of the draft, it’s also a very deep draft so teams that have stockpiled draft picks will have the opportunity to find at least one diamond in the rough.

        I look at the draft two years ago when the Bulls had one middle of the pack and one bottom of the 1st round picks. With the 15th pick they took bust James Johnson (now with the Raptors), and with the 25th pick they took Taj Gibson. Gibson is an emerging stud; that’s what can happen if you stockpile draft picks and luck into a deep draft.

        69 collegiate players have declared for the draft, and another 24 international players. I again point to the Bulls, who used their then stockpiled draft picks to make a deal with Portland to draft a raw, unknown center from Turkey. Two years of additional development later (internationally), Omar Asik is now an emerging solid center.

        Bottom line? I agree with you in that there was no compelling reason for the Clippers to hang on their #1 pick this year, but Cleveland also did the right thing because now they have two of the top 4 picks in this years draft and the odds are with them that at least one of the players they select using those picks will emerge as a solid starter, if not a future star down the road.

        The problem the NBA has right now is that with so many “one and done-ers” coming out of college at only 18 or 19 with very little coaching, it just takes a lot more time to develop these guys making picking them a crap shoot. Better to have more picks than just one high pick.

  3. goforthanddie - May 17, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Not that they’ll have a shot at Irving, but drafting/trading him would probably be more helpful than skipping him completely.

  4. savocabol1 - May 18, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Is this site really going to put out an article about what teams say they want to pick in the draft already?

    Haven’t we learned from numerous examples from every single draft in every sport for the history of time that teams will lie about who they want to choose?

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