Wizards fans find themselves in a very unfamiliar position this evening as it pertains to the 2014 NBA Draft. Instead of being on the edge of their seats watching the lottery unfold everyone can go enjoy their dinner, get some ice cream afterwards, give the kids a bath, read them a book and still make it in time to see Washington select someone who has a 1.83330479 % chance of making the team.
In all seriousness, though, there is probably a slightly larger probability that said individual may make the 2014-15 version of the Wizards and because of that we decided to look back at all the picks dating back to 1980. I’ve scoured the internet to bring you what I thought were the most interesting facts about the last 33 men who were selected 46th. It was a mixed bag of success but filled with far more reaches than stars.
You never know though, maybe the next Jeff Hornacek won’t hear his named called until sometime after 10:30pm EST.
The 46th Pick
2013: Erick Green, SG – Virginia Tech – A quick shout out to my former High School Paul VI Catholic in Fairfax, VA, once a doormat for the powerful WCAC conference and now 2 time reigning champion. After leading the Panthers to their 1st State title ever, Green went on to play for Seth Greenberg and the Virginia Tech Hokies. Each year, Green got better and better and finished the 2012–13 NCAA Division I season, his senior season, as the top scorer in the nation at 25.0 PPG. Green was selected by the Jazz but traded to the Denver Nuggets for the 27th pick and cash considerations.
2012: Darius Miller, SF – Kentucky –
2010: Gani Lawal, PF – Georgia Tech – Gani is currently performing Playoffs Magic in the Euroleague.
2009: Danny Green, SG – North Carolina – Yes, that Danny Green, the owner of the record for most 3pt FG in Finals history.
2008: Trent Plaisted, C – Brigham Young – When you google search Trent this is the first picture that shows up so I thought I’d share.
2007: Stephane Lasme, PF – Massachusetts – Yann Ulrich Stephane Lasme is a Gabonese professional basketball player who currently plays for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League where he semi-recently won the 2012-13 EuroLeague Defender of the Year.
2006: Dee Brown, PG – Illinois – Count me in the group that thought Dee Brown was going to have a pretty good pro career. I thought speed would win out and I thought wrong. He did however have a brief stint with the Wizards, when throwback jerseys were still a thing.
2005: Erazem Lorbek, PF – (Slovenia) – In a game of 6 degrees…Lorbek (25) is pictured below with his fellow FC Barcelona basketball team which includes former Wizards draft pick, Juan “La Bomba” Navarro (11).
2004: Ha Seung-Jin, C – (Korea) – Everyone remembers Ha. If not he was also the bad guy in a couple of the older James Bond movies.
2003: Sani Becirovic, PG – (Slovenia) – Sani has a mix tape and a best of YouTube video. I’ll share one with you and you can thank me later.
2002: Jamal Sampson, PF – California
2001: Ousmane Cisse, C – St. Jude Catholic High School – The 96% of Cisse’s other performances are probably why you can’t find much else about him.
2000: DeeAndre Hulett, SF – (College of Sixouis)
1999: J.R. Koch, SF/PF – Iowa
1998: Andrae Patterson, SF/PF – Indiana
1997: Eric Washington, PG – Alabama
1996: Marcus Brown, SG – Murray State
1995: George Banks, SF – UTEP
1994: Voshon Lenard, SG – Minnesota – The man we can all thank for black socks being cool to wear, as Jalen Rose explains it.
1993: Richard Petruska, PF – UCLA – Petruska also starred in the Shaquille O’Neal made famous movie “Blue Chips” playing himself for the Dolphins.
1992: Robert Werdann, C – St. John’s
1991: Richard Dumas, SF – Oklahoma State – The one who isn’t Scottie Pippen.
1990: Kenny Williams, PF – Fork Union Military Academy
1989: Ricky Blanton, SF/SG – Louisiana State
1988: Morlon Wiley, SG – Long Beach State
1987: Bruce Dalrymple, SG – Georgia Tech
1986: Jeff Hornacek, SG – Iowa State
1985: Adrian Branch, SF – Maryland – Branch checks in for the Lakers for a few minutes against the Bullets and Chic Hearn is a happy man because of it.
1984: Jerome Kersey, SF – Longwood
1983: Kevin Williams, PG – St. John’s
1982: Tony Guy, SF – Kansas
1981: Vernon Smith, PF – Texas A&M
1980: Arnette Hallman, SF – Purdue
So there you have it. You now have a visual shot of who the Wizards next selection may become. For a complete list of players who have worked out for the Wizards our friends at Comcast Sports Net have you covered here.