After spending the evening at the Washington Wizards draft party at the Verizon Center, you could sense a little bit of energy in the press room as well as the main concourse, where season ticket holders and other VIP members watched the draft of Bradley Beal, but you have to wonder, who was really the big winner of the night in the 2012 Draft. Did the Wizards get their man to help John Wall? Apparently so?
So who emerged as team that will really make an impact in 2013 season? The New Orleans Hornets for sure. Anthony Davis is going to come in a make a difference in this team. At 19 years old her certainly has a lot to learn about going up against men in the NBA, but seems to be willing to take the challenge. He was one of six players taken from Kentucky last night.
Kentucky got its fourth first-round pick at No. 29 with Marquis Teague, another freshman, who is headed to Chicago as a possible replacement for the injured Derrick Rose. Doron Lamb went 42nd to Milwaukee and Darius Miller was 46th to New Orleans
Other winners appear to be Boston, when they drafted Fab Melo from Syracuse. While he had his troubles off the court this season, the Celtics like his size and shot blocking ability to help Kevin Garnett. They also picked up Jared Sullinger of Ohio State, who was highly considered as Top 10 draft pick, but the Celtics lucked out in case Garnett does not return this season
For the Wizards, they went Internationally again and picked up Tomas Satoranksy from the Czech Republic, who was highly regarded as one of the best shooting guards in the International League. They are hoping that develops like Jan Vessely, who the Wizards picked last season.
Finally, the Mavericks made a move with Lamar Odom, sending him back to LA where he will be in a Clippers uniform for the 2013 season. Hopefully this will cure his depression.