Basketball The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft  

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List Rules Vote based only on career success with the Washington Wizards. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

The history of Washington Wizards first-round draft picks in the modern era features a hit list of recent top stars. John Wall and Bradley Beal, two of the best players in the NBA right now, are hoping to add more accomplishments to their names by contending for a title together.  

In 2011, however, between taking Wall in 2010 and Beal in 2012, the Wizards took Jan Vesely, who could be considered an all-time first-round draft bust in his own right. That becomes more clear when you realize the Wizards took Vesely over Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Jimmy Butler.

So which of these players deserves the top spot when it comes to their contributions for the Wizards franchise? The stats below reflect only players’ time spent with Washington, and that’s what you should base your vote on. Did this player help the Wizards improve during his time with the team?

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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 1 (2010)

Stats
573 games played, 19.0 ppg, 9.2 apg, 4.3 rpg, 1.7 spg

Achievements
5× NBA All-Star (2014–2018)
All-NBA Third Team (2017)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2015)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2011)

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Calbert Cheaney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (1993)

Stats
424 games played, 12.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 spg

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Bradley Beal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (2012)

Stats
488 games played, 19.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.1 spg

Achievements
2× NBA All-Star (2018, 2019)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013)

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Richard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (1999)

Stats
212 games played, 15.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg

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John Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 12 (1986)

Stats
293 games played, 12.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 spg

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Jeff Malone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 10 (1983)

Stats
548 games played, 20.2 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.7 rpg

Achievements
2× NBA All-Star (1986, 1987)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1984)

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Greg Ballard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 4 (1977)

Stats
643 games played, 13.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 apg

Achievements
NBA champion (1978)

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JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 11 (2008)

Stats
255 games played, 8.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.8 bpg

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Nick Young is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 16 (2007)

Stats
335 games played, 11.6 ppg

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Jared Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 11 (2002)

Stats
256 games played, 6.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg

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Tom Gugliotta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (1992)

Stats
231 games played, 18.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.0 bpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)

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Otto Porter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (2013)

Stats
384 games played, 10.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 spg

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Frank Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 11 (1981)

Stats
382 games played, 10.4 ppg, 5.1 apg

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Jarvis Hayes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 10 (2003)

Stats
226 games played, 8.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2004)

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Juwan Howard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (1994)

Stats
464 games played, 18.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.0 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Star (1996)
All-NBA Third Team (1996)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1995)

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Juan Dixon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (2002)

Stats
226 games played, 7.5 ppg

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Kwame Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 1 (2001)

Stats
253 games played, 7.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg

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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 12 (1987)

Stats
79 games played, 5.0 ppg, 5.1 apg, 1.6 spg

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Jan Veselý is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (2011)

Stats
141 games played, 3.5 ppg

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Chris Singleton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Chris Singleton

Draft selection: 18 (2011)

Stats
148 games played, 4.1 ppg

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Roger Phegley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (1978)

Stats
79 games played, 8.0 ppg

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Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 4 (1995)

Stats
65 games played, 10.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1996)

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Randy Wittman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 22 (1983)

Stats
Never played for Wizards

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Jerian Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 19 (2015)

Stats
Never played for Wizards

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Harvey Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Washington Wizards First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 12 (1988)

Stats
508 games played, 10.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg