As draft week comes to a close, NBA teams, players, and fans can finally sit back, rest and reflect on what has been one crazy week. With so many rumours and trades that took place, nor players or fans could sit back knowing where they would go/who they would get, and I for one am glad it is finally all over. As a Washington Wizards fan, you would think by now I would be used to draft week, and should have come to the conclusion that no matter who we draft or trade for, we will most likely again be in the lottery the following season. [caption id="attachment_8855" align="alignright" width="200"] Washington got their man all along in Bradley Beal[/caption] From drafting Kwame Brown with the number 1 pick in 2001, to trading away Rip Hamilton, to drafting knuckle heads such as McGee and Young, to giving Blatche and Arenas over sized contracts, well you get the point. However this week was different – the Wizards had the number 3 pick, and Bradley Beal the SG freshman out of Florida was projected to go to Washington which would form a formidable back court with John Wall (Washington’s number 1 pick in the 2010 draft). The problem then became that Beal was in fact that good, other teams such as Cleveland and the OKC, were throwing heaven and earth to trade up with Charlotte who held the number 2 pick, in order to move ahead of Washington to snap up Beal. Washington not being the smartest organization in the world, had already shown their hand to these teams by trading for Okafor and Ariza earlier that week, making it clear that Beal would be their choice at 3 – the media pump up that Beal got during the week made it look more likely that he wouldn’t be going to Washington. For me this led to a very nervous week, which resulted in not a lot of sleep, as again it looked like the Wizards would not be able to draft the player they wanted and would end up drafting perhaps another player in Washington. This anxiety didn’t go away as the week went on, rumours saying the trade would happen, and then rumours saying that the trade wouldn’t happen, I just couldn’t wait for draft day to come to put me out of my misery. This anxiety lasted all the way to the deadline, with rumours becoming stronger and stronger that the Bobcats had done a deal with the Cavs, sending three picks to Charlotte in order for the Cavs to steal Beal away from our hands. Anthony Davis stepped up as the number 1 pick as expected, and as the Bobcats came up to announce their pick, I feared the worst – that they would draft Beal and later trade up with Cleveland. It is fair to say that I was beyond ecstatic when David Stern announced “with the second pick the Charlotte Bobcats select Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and with the third pick, the Washington Wizards select Bradley Beal”. Finally the week of hell was over, the Wizards had got their man and for once it looked to be a very strong selection, one that has filled me with optimism unlike trades and draft selections in the past.
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