On Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans surprised the sports world, winning the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery. The Wizards had the sixth-best chance of winning the lottery but fell to the 9th selection. While some might be disappointed with the Wiz falling to number 9th, history may work in the District’s favor.
Tracy McGrady was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 9th pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. The following year, German basketball star Dirk Nowitzki was picked 9th by the Milwaukee Bucks and traded to the Dallas Mavericks. One is a Basketball Hall of Famer and the other will be there once he is eligible.
Other hits at the 9th position include:
Shawn Marion (1999)
Amare Stoudemire (2002)
Andre Iguodala (2004)
Joakim Noah (2007)
Demar DeRozan (2009)
Gordon Hayward (2010)
Kemba Walker (2011)
Andre Drummond (2012)
Washington has picked 9th before, drafting Tom Hammonds in the 1989 draft. He played 12 NBA seasons for the Bullets, Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Hornets and Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 5.3 points per game in his career. While the Hammonds pick wasn’t a hit, looking at the players above, talent not named Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Ja Morant will be available at the 9th pick.
So get your scouting game up. We got work to do DC Family.