Wiz rebuild will rely heavily on draft pick

Wiz rebuild will rely heavily on draft pick
June 20, 2012, 3:06 pm
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This upcoming Wizards season will be the third year of the self-proclaimed rebuilding project, and another big piece of the process will be added on June 28 when the Wizards select third overall in the NBA draft.It's another big decision for Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld who has the final call on all personnel moves.

After Grunfeld took guard John Wall 1 in 2010 and forward Jan Vesely with the 6th pick last year, the Wizards are counting on getting a quality player in this draft who will be a major component of what they hope will be a playoff team sooner rather than later.

Wall hasaveraged16 points and 8 assists over his first two years in the NBA so he was certainly the right pick. The verdict, however, is still out on Vesely who had an up and down rookie campaign, averaging just 4 points and 4 rebounds while starting 20 games.

The last time Washington made the post-season was 2008 and they are coming off adisappointing20-46 season. The Wizards have to make the right selection here in this draft. It can't be a project. It must be a player who comes in and contributes right away next season.

So which way will Grunfeld go?

The Wizards desperately want to add outside scoring with their sights likely set on Florida guard Bradley Beal, Kentucky' forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and North Carolina swingman Harrison Barnes.

Depending on what Charlotte does with the 2 pick, expect one of those players to be called as the Wizards' draft pick.

With Nene, Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Booker and Vesely up front, the Wizards feel like they have a good corps there and don't need to draft a power forward like Thomas Robinson out of Kansas. The Wizards think they must focus on finding scorers to fill a need. Last season, the Wizards statistically were the 23rd ranked team out of 30 on offense.

The clock is ticking with the draft fast approaching. The Wizards have made it clear they want to rebuild through the draft. Here's another chance to lay the foundation.