Anyone that follows me on Twitter knows that I wanted Bradley Beal to be a Washington Wizard so bad — it was possibly even an unhealthy obsession. And on Thursday night, Ernie Grunfeld got his guy (and mine) in Bradley Beal with the third pick in the draft.
That’s the good news.
The Wizards got a knockdown shooter to pair with John Wall in the backcourt to now potentially form one of the best young backcourts in the entire NBA. Picking Bradley Beal should, and obviously will, overshadow the Wizards’ second round pick.
With the 32nd pick pick in the draft, Ernie Grunfeld selected the 6-foot-7 point guard from the Czech Republic, Tomas Satoransky.
The plan is to leave Satoransky over in Europe for another year or two because the Wizards already have 12 players under contract for next season, including Andray Blatche — who likely has the amnesty clause waiting for him next month. Grunfeld and the team still want to re-sign Cartier Martin and maybe even Roger Mason and Mo Evans, so I understand that roster spots are running low. However, why spend a high second round pick in a deep draft on a player that likely won’t even be worth having when he comes over to the team in two years? Satoransky is not a good shooter, does not excel in the half court, hasn’t produced on the court in Europe, but he’s athletic. Sound familiar? Sounds like a less-accomplished backcourt version of his fellow countryman and current Wizard, Jan Vesely.
Instead of picking Doron Lamb, Jae Crowder, Draymond Green, Quincy Miller, or Will Barton, Ernie Grunfeld picked Satoransky.
To me it’s a wasted draft pick. But how much would one of those guys the Wizards passed on have played this season? Probably not a lot, especially if the team re-signs some of their own aforementioned veteran free agents.
Even with the frustration of the 32nd pick, the Wizards got a great prospect and a great person in Bradley Beal. He’s the headliner and he’s the one that matters.
Thursday night was a great moment in the team’s rebuilding process. It just wouldn’t have been a Wizards draft without some frustration.
But be happy about Bradley Beal. Be very happy.