Washington Wizards Review: Rough Drafts of the Decade

December 31st, 2009 by Matthew Brown Leave a reply »
The year is over. The decade is over. The Wizards can put their failures behind them and build for the future starting with the '10s.

But not before looking back on the multitude of mishaps and missed opportunities in the '00s.

The 2000 NBA Draft is widely considered to be the worst draft class of the decade, if not the last 20 to 30 years. Kenyon Martin was the first overall pick, and while he is a good enough player, his selection speaks volumes of the quality of the class.

The Wizards didn't have a first rounder, and spent their second round pick on Mike Smith, a 6'8" forward from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Smith played a single season with the Wizards, appearing in 17 games averaging three points per game. He never played another minute after the 2000-2001 season.

Despite the overall weakness of the draft, the second round did include Michael Redd and Eddie House, both taken after the Wizards selected Smith. While neither of them is a franchise player, they are both still in the league and productive.

Three players selected in the first round of the draft eventually ended up in Washington.

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