In an effort to duplicate the luck that brought him here, the Wizards are dispatching John Wall to represent them at the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday May 17 in New Jersey.
Wall said in his final post season interview that he hoped to go to the lottery, and has an interesting and unorthodox strategy to try and bring the team some luck.
“I’m going to ask Mrs. Pollin if I can get that yellow jacket, and then get some pearls from my mom and see if I can bring on the number one pick again,” Wall said with a smile, as he modeled the Wizards new home white uniform on the Wizards practice court on Tuesday. Wall also posed for a few photos and signed autographs for fans.
Former owner Irene Pollin and new owner Ted Leonsis were both present at last year’s draft; with Mrs. Pollin on stage and Leonsis sitting off to the side with other team executives. Mrs. Pollin wore a bright yellow jacket, and shared a hug with Leonsis when the team won the lottery, and the right to draft Wall.
Wall had a stellar rookie season, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting to L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin. Wall has become the centerpiece the team will build around for the future, which will begin once the team knows what selection they will have in the June draft.
The team will have three picks: two first rounders (their own, and the pick they acquired from the Atlanta Hawks in the trade which brought Jordan Crawford and Maurice Evans to the team in exchange for Kirk Hinrich.)
The Wizards probable outcomes for the NBA Draft lottery have been calculated as the following:
1st overall pick: 11.90 percent
2nd overall pick: 12.59 percent
3rd overall pick: 13.29 percent
4th overall pick: 9.85 percent
5th overall pick: 35.01 percent
6th overall pick: 16.09 percent
7th overall pick: 1.26 percent
“I’m excited about the draft,” said Wizards guard Jordan Crawford.
“I just found out John’s going to be up there to pick the number, so it’s going to be very exciting. I’m looking to be a part of whatever happens here.”