The Washington Wizards have been putrid for a while now, and while their backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal is going to be special they sure missed a great opportunity to add talent to this roster in the 2011 NBA draft where they had the no.6 and no.18 picks in the first round.
No.6 was Jan Vesely and at no.18 they took Chris Singleton. Both are/have been terrible. In that first round Donatas Motiejunas was drafted and he is just getting his NBA career started, Reggie Jackson does very little for the Oklahoma City Thunder, JuJuan Johnson is a D-League player at best, Cory Joseph is not exactly on fire for the San Antonio Spurs, and Nolan Smith has done extremely little for the Portland Trail Blazers. Those are the pretty much the only players from that first round that compare to the futility that has been on display from Vesely and Singleton (It should be noted that Nikola Mirotic – no.23 overall drafted by the Chicago Bulls – has not even played in the NBA so I guess he has been worse also).
Taking Vesely at no.6 was a massive blunder as A) he is simply not that good and B) check out the players that were drafted directly after the Wiz mistakenly took Vesely: Bismack Biyombo, Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker, Jimmer Fredette, and Klay Thompson – plus later on the Morris twins, Kenneth Faried, MarShon Brooks, and Nicola Vucevic. The list of players better than Vesely is long, and this is hardily hindsight and the Wiz should have known better. Even guys like Brooks, Norris Cole, and Jimmy Butler went in the first round after Singleton.
All due respect to Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld, but he has made blunders (lots of them) in his days and the 2011 draft provided a huge opportunity to add talent in the nation’s capital but Grunfeld failed (big-time).