Evaluating The Options For Number 1

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By Jesse Jones

John Wall is the sure pick to go number one in this year’s NBA Draft.  But there are some other players that the Washington Wizards could use, and choose with their first pick.

One alternative is the reigning player of the year, Evan Turner.  Turner, Ohio State’s start shooting guard, averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 6 assists last season.  If the team decides to keep Gilbert Arenas as their starting point guard, which they have claimed they would do, Turner would be an excellent fit as Arenas’ number two.

Another option is Kentucky forward/center DeMarcus Cousins.  Cousins is 6-11, 270 pounds, a huge body that Washington does not have.  He averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks last season.  Next to Andray Blatche and/or a free agent, Washington’s frontcourt could be pretty solid.

But these two options does not mean that the team is considering not taking John Wall, they are just some possibilities.  Wall has Derrick Rose quickness and skill, something that is not easily passed up on.  He was the number one recruit in the nation, and is the projected number one pick in this year’s upcoming draft.  If Wall is chosen, there’s an extremely high chance he will be the starting point guard next season in Washington.

Drafting John Wall would also be the equivilant of drafting Alexander Ovechkin.  Ted Leonsis, who is the owner of the Washington Capitals, is very close to reaching a deal in June to become the owner of the Washington Wizards.  Ovechkin has changed the culture of the Caps, and has brought great success for the Caps.  Wall can do the same for the Wizards.

So where does that leave Gilbert Arenas, who still has that huge contract?  Put Arenas at the two, as we have seen that he is a prolific shooter.  This backcourt would be deadly in the NBA.

These are just suggestions for the Washington Wizards, and by no means what is going through their heads.  However, none of these options would be a bad choice.

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