Wizards can't count on second-round draft picks

Wizards can't count on second-round draft picks
May 28, 2013, 5:15 pm
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The Wizards have made it clear they don’t intend to draft three rookies even though they have the picks.

The roster is young enough, and two of the 2013 picks come in the second round (Nos. 37 and 54) which hasn't been kind to them in the previous 10 years:

2012: Chose Tomas Satoransky at No. 32, bypassing SF Draymond Green who went three picks later to the Golden State Warriors. Green appeared in 79 games and was a key contributor off the bench by averaging 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in the playoffs. Satoransky, a 6-7 shooting guard from the Czech Republic, played in the 2012 summer league and Sevilla of the ACB League in Spain which is considered the second-best to the NBA. Satoransky is expected to compete in this year’s summer league, too, in Las Vegas from July 12-22.

2011: Took Shelvin Mack at No. 34, ahead of SF Chandler Parsons who went four picks later to the Houston Rockets. Parsons averaged 15.5 points last season and shot almost 50% from the field and just under 40% from three-point range. Mack was cut before his second season, went to the D-League, re-signed with the Wizards for seven games because of injuries at guard and released again. Mack spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers and ended the season with the Atlanta Hawks.

2010: Selected Nemanja Bjelica at 35th, a 6-10 SF from Serbia, his draft rights were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves and it resulted in Hamady N’diaye, a 7-foot center who went down to the D-League and now plays in China.

2009: Took Jermaine Taylor at No. 32, who was the top choice because the team didn't have a first-round pick. Passed over were Sam Young (Indiana Pacers) at No. 36, DeJuan Blair (San Antonio Spurs) at 37, Jodie Meeks (L.A. Lakers) at 41, Patrick Beverley (Houston Rockets) at 42 and Marcus Thornton (Sacramento Kings) at 43. Taylor was traded to the Rockets for cash considerations.

2008: Taking Bill Walker 47th despite a knee injury, the Wizards traded him to the Boston Celtics for cash considerations. The bottom half of his draft was incredibly unproductive. The 6-6 forward currently plays in the D-League with Sioux Falls.

2007: Chose Dominic McGuire at 47th, a 6-9 PF who spent three years in Washington and has been on the roster of six other NBA teams. He started 57 games in 2008-09 and averaged 4.5 points. McGuire was traded to the Kings for a protected second-round pick that never materialized because it was mostly a salary-cap relief move.  McGuire was chosen ahead of Marc Gasol at 48, Aaron Gray at 49 and Ramon Sessions at 56.

2006: Took Vladimir Veremeenko , a 6-10 PF  from Belarus, with the 48th pick. He has never played in the NBA, opting to stay in Europe and Russia, and the Wizards shipped his rights to the Chicago Bulls four years later and landed PG Kirk Hinrich instead.

2005: Took Andray Blatche out of high school with the 49th pick, the longest-tenured player they've selected among this group. Blatche, a 6-11 forward, lasted seven seasons and averaged double-figure scoring three seasons in a row. The Wizards waived him by using the one-time amnesty clause in the collective bargaining agreement. 

2004: Selected Peter John Ramos at 32nd overall, a 7-3 center from Puerto Rico. He only played in six regular season games and attended summer league play for three seasons. The Wizards released him 2006.

2003: Took PG Steve Blake at 38th, and he started 15 games in his first two seasons and averaged 5.9 points and 2.8 assists as a rookie. The Wizards refused to match an offer from the Portland Trail Blazers when he became a restricted free agent after Year 2, allowing Blake to walk.