When the news arrived that the 6th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the “Dunking Ninja”, the man DC faithful have come to know as Honza was being traded few could have been surprised.
The bigger surprise to me was the fact that it took this long for the organization to finally publicly accept what Wizards fans have known for the better part of Jan’s tenure in DC.
When something of this magnitude happens in Wizards land it’s sure to get #WizardsTwitter abuzz. Some of my favorite reactions are below:
Hmmm im the only white boy left in this team:)))
— Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) February 20, 2014
honza luck makes we emo. ernie messes up everything. jan woulda shoulda been we fave 6th pick ov the 2ND round EVER! https://t.co/jRNmYIhwEy
— wizznutzz (@wzzntzz) February 21, 2014
Now that Jan is gone, maybe its a good moment to uncover the story of him cussing me out at a urinal in Darna Lounge’s restroom. Great times
— A. Sharif (@Abdu11ah) February 20, 2014
My man Jani V is gone!! I will never forget this guy!!! Great person!!! He helped me a lot from day one!! Thx kid for everything!!
Jan Vesely will be remembered as one of the biggest and most hilarious busts in Wizards (NBA?) history.
— Sky Kerstein (@SkyKerstein) February 20, 2014
Remember: it’s not the fact that Vesely was “tradable,” it’s the fact of why a 6th overall 2011 pick was “tradable” for a bag of bones.
— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) February 20, 2014
— al harrington (@cheddahcheese7) February 21, 2014
Players the #Wizards passed on for Jan Vesely at #6 in 2011 draft: Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Kenneth Faried, Chandler Parsons.
— Nick Blatchford (@blatchhrvat) February 21, 2014
The Wolves can’t realistically beat an offer of Maynor and Vesely for Andre Miller, which is a stunning sentence to type out.
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 20, 2014
I could probably pen a 1600 word diatribe to describe the Jan Vesely era in DC, or how Ernie basically Cerrato’d (botched) the 2011 draft, or the Wizards’ lack of player development, or a myriad of other issues but I’d prefer to remember the good times and instead wish Jan the best of luck in Denver.
Vesely departs the Washington Wizards having played 141 games with about 900 DNP-CD’s (900 being a slight exaggeration). Vesely was 53-for-131 from the FT line (that calculates 40.5%). Jan finished with averages of 2.03 rebounds, 0.60 assists, 0.48 blocks and 3.52 points per game on 52.4% shooting from the field. Vesely leaves behind his fellow draft mate Chris Singleton, the lone survivor of the 2011 draft class.
Throw it down, Jan! Vesely caught an alley-oop from John Wall and dunked it in transition vs. New Orleans: http://t.co/LRMCykZ2iE (VIDEO)
— CSN Washington (@CSNwashington) January 9, 2014
— Danny (@recordsANDradio) December 21, 2013
— Danny (@recordsANDradio) December 17, 2013
— Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis) September 5, 2013
We started our fight with Jan Vesely Facebook Identity Thefts https://t.co/I81GpoosMN
— Jan Vesely (@JanVesely24) June 18, 2013
— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) April 16, 2013
With my beautiful girl at the game
David Aldridge: "I don’t see Jan Vesely lasting five years in this league…The skillset I see is nothing." http://t.co/FXOf6Qbu
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) November 28, 2012
— Ajay Atayee (@AJtheFan) August 31, 2012
— kevin seraphin (@kevin_seraphin) April 5, 2013
Merry Christmas to all of you. pic.twitter.com/zPfEsoaO
— Jan Vesely (@JanVesely24) December 24, 2012
You may be gone but #slapbound will last forever. It was only fitting you’d end your Wizards career like this…