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The Wizards Drafted like the Wizards and People Are Not Happy

June 22, 2018

By: Eyasu Delesa

Washington Wizards fans were put on a emotional roller coaster Thursday night after highly-touted forward Michael Porter dropped all the way to the 14th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, one pick before the Zards.

Of course, in heartbreaking and ironic fashion, Porter Jr. fell just far enough for Wizards fans to flirt with the idea, but not far enough to see it come to fruition. (Though TNT's David Aldridge later confirmed they wouldn't have taken Porter Jr. if he were available, the thought was fun while it lasted.)

Still, picking 15th was a luxury, especially for the Wizards who hadn't had a first round pick since 2015. Many expected the Wizards to pick a big man, addressing a position of need. Various mock drafts had Texas A&M's Robert Williams going to the Wizards. But that's not what happened. 

Instead, the team selected Troy Brown out of Oregon. Brown is a versatile wing and may go on to have a very fruitful career. This isn't written to tear him down.

The fact of the matter is the Wizards selected a player at a position they needed least. Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre, both wings, have shown they're capable NBA starters. Tomas Satoransky also has the length to be stretched out to a wing.

Even if they did not want to draft a big, players such as Donte DiVincenzo, Zhaire Smith, Grayson Allen and more were still available at that position. All of whom would have brought more excitement to the city than a 3 & D guy.

Wizards fans and pundits, as you might expect, reacted to the pick all over social media. 

Hopefully the kid proves the Wizards right. 

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