COMMENTARY: For NBA Teams, Draft is a Dice Roll
Charles E. Sutton | 6/30/2014, noon
Which brings us to this year's draft. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid were the top three players selected. Wiggins has the most upside of any player drafted, whereas Parker is primed to have the most immediate impact. Embiid has experienced back and foot injuries, but when healthy provides a great defensive presence down low and is a real threat to score in the paint.
Unfortunately, you have to take all of that with a grain of salt until November or so. Is there any way to determine who'll have the biggest impact on the league? Of course not. We'll simply have to wait and see.
And of course, some teams choose to stand pat, choosing to strengthen through trades and free agency and eschewing the draft altogether, at least for that year. The Wizards took that route this time out, dealing its lone pick, 46th overall selection Jordan Clarkson of Missouri, to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for cash considerations. Though they opted out of the draft, expect the Wiz to make some offseason moves to bolster their roster. With a couple of quality acquisitions, Washington could position itself to make a run at the Eastern Conference title.
The 2014 draft is behind us, but the beat goes on for NBA scouts. They continue to watch various players, conduct analyses, and advise their front office and coaches which players are best for their respective organizations. But when it's all said and done, there is no crystal ball. It's a crap shoot, and all they — and we — can do is wait, watch and hope for the best.