Last year Zachary Leonsis, the son of the Wizards' owner, represented the team at the draft lottery. Washington started with second-best odds for landing the top overall selection and ended up picking third. One month later, Ernie Grunfeld drafted Bradley Beal.
In 2010, Irene Pollin had lady luck on her side when attending the lottery. With the former team owner in attendance, the Wizards landed the No. 1 overall selection - which turned into John Wall - despite starting with the fifth best chance.
If the Wizards climb atop the lottery chart again, they will have come from even further back seeing Washington owns the eighth best odds. As for who will be on stage in Seacaucus, N.J. on May 21, the team will let us know any day know. Assuming the success with the Beal selection does not lead to a repeat Zachary Leonsis appearance, we ponder some options:
*Bradley Beal - Finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Portland's Damian Lillard despite missing 26 games with assorted maladies including a season-ending stress injury in his right fibula. There is little chance the 19-year-old suffers another injury in this scenario, though someone should warn him about jumping around should the Wizards jump up into the top-3. By the way, the Trail Blazers are sending Lillard to New Jersey.
*John Wall - On the one hand, the team was clearly better with the speedy point guard in the lineup. On the other hand, when Wall represented Washington in the 2011 draft lottery, the Wizards fell back three slots to the sixth pick. With that selection, they later drafted Jan Vesely.
*Nene - No chance the Brazilian big man is leaving the Southern Hemisphere to hang out in a New Jersey studio. If asked, his declining response with a "that's a good one" facial expression would surely be YouTube worthy.
*Chris Singleton - Well, we know he's interested in lotteries. At least this one won't cost him $10,000 to participate..
*Robert Griffin III - We already know he's all in for Week 1 of the NFL season, so how about another No. 1 scenario. The most popular athlete/human being in town also has a proclivity for showing up at notable events.
Your turn. Who do you want representing the Wizards at the upcoming NBA Draft lottery?