Don't Get Reggie Miller'd, Wizards

Don’t Get Reggie Miller’d Tonight, Wizards. For the love of God, don't get Reggie Miller'd

Anthony Bennett or Otto Porter? You can make arguments as to why the Wizards should draft both of them, but of course they can only select one.

"Not only was it a much better draft choice than drafting me ... Reggie turned out not to be a great pick, he turned out to be great for the state of Indiana.

-Steve Alford

While you've been racking your brain for months now, I have known the Wizards' draft fate since April. Now if I can only get Ernie Grunfeld to return my phone calls.

I have made no secrets that I am in the camp for Bennett. I have longed for a big-bodied frontcourt player of his potential since Chris Webber left DC. While I am a huge Georgetown and Porter fan, I firmly believe that the ‘Big 3’ of Wall-Beal-Bennett will be a more formidable force in the coming years.

Naturally, DMV basketball fans usually stand on the table for Otto Porter, which is an understandable sentiment, but short-sighted in my opinion.

“The pick makes perfect sense,” they say.

Since when does Ernie Grunfeld make perfect sense moves?  my inner monologue responds

But he is a hometown hero,” plead add.

Porter is from St. Louis, fool. 

My retort is simply this: Don't go for the sentimental pick, ESPECIALLY when hometown players are involved. Go for the greater upside 100% of the time. Case and point: Steve Alford & Reggie Miller.    

In 1987,  the Indiana Pacers held the 11th pick in the first round. Much like Otto Porter is to DC, Steve Alford was to the Hooiser State. Fresh off a senior year, playing for beloved Bobby Knight and leading IU to their fifth National Title, Pacer fans naturally wanted to see the 22-year-old from Franklin, Indiana play his pro ball in his home state. 

Instead, they chose the mouthy, sharpshooting little brother of Cheryl Miller named Reggie.  

While most Indiana natives were angered, it clearly was the correct pick. Miller went on to a Hall of Fame NBA career while Alford's four-year professional career was of little consequence.  

So before you break out your grey & blue Hoya Paranoia shirts tonight and start fantsizing about Otto Porter walking across stage to greet David Stern with that red,white and blue Wizards commemorative jersey, please remember not to get Reggie Miller'd