Mock Draft: Jan Vesely, No. 6
Go big or go home.
by Eddie Maisonet, III / @edthesportsfan
To celebrate the 50th season of the Washington Wizards organization, we were able to bring in a stud point guard in John Wall who will carry us to the promised land with his insane athletic ability, megawatt smile, and killer dance moves. With a little more seasoning on the court and some time in the weight room, we might have our version of Marcus Camby in JaVale McGee. By trading away veteran point guards Gilbert Arenas and Kirk Hinrich, we’ve uncovered natural scorers in Jordan Crawford and Nick “Tego Calderon” Young. We finally have some type of young core to build around, two picks (Nos. 6 and 18) in the 2011 NBA Draft, and an owner who might spend some money.
But we have a big hole at power forward. A BIG hole. Consider the following…
…the fact that we still have to pay Rashard Lewis $46 million over the next two years. Yikes.
…the fact that we have one of the biggest black holes for the basketball in Andray Blatche. Yikes.
…the fact that we have no idea how good our 2010 first-round pick will be in Kevin Seraphin. Ugh.
…the fact that our most productive 4 is probably closer to 6-6 than his listed height of 6-8 in Trevor Booker. Ugh.
Can someone please find us a power forward please?
With the fifth pick of the 2011 SLAMonline Mock Draft, the Washington Wizards select…
Jan Veselý from Partizan Belgrade in Serbia.
Two things should be noted here…
1) If we could, we would try and package the No. 6 and No. 18 picks in the Draft to try and acquire a solid power forward. Nene would be an ideal candidate for our team, however with cap restrictions (Ed. said we couldn’t do trades) then picking Vesely is the obvious choice.
2) I’m not going to act like I know a ton about Jan Veselý. I did what all of us do when we’re trying to learn about folks in the Draft—use Google and YouTube until our thirst for knowledge is sufficiently quenched.
At 6-11 and 240 pounds, Vesely can provide a ton of versatility to our team. The man has a face up game all the way out to the three-point line. The man likes to dunk the ball, a lot. The man has a motor, and playing with a bunch of young bucks like we have on our team, that could be vital for our team’s success.
OK, he doesn’t rebound well, and his offensive game is as refined as a 15-year-old boy’s rap to a young woman. It’s kinda weak. In a draft where anything after the top-three picks is a crapshoot, we’ve got to get someone who can contribute immediately and for an extended period of time. You can’t teach height, and you can’t teach a motor. We can figure the rest out.
Now let’s just hope that Jan’s a fan of the new Wizards uniforms.
|2011 SLAMonline Mock Draft|