Washington Wizards NBA Draft: Best No. 10 Draft Picks Of All-Time

The Washington Wizards were awarded the No. 10 overall pick at the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft on June 23. 

It’s the spot that was expected for the Wizards, and there have been some great players drafted in the No. 10 spot over the years. We take a look at some of the best.

In other NBA news, the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics begin on Thursday, June. Although Maryland sports fans cannot place wagers on mobile apps, they can do so at retail sportsbooks throughout the state.

The Latest Stars

Paul George: Indiana Pacers, 2010

Paul George spent two years at Fresno State before he entered the NBA Draft and was selected by the Indiana Pacers. He stayed with the Pacers until 2017 when he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder where he spent two seasons. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2019 where he is still currently playing.

His list of accolades so far include seven-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA Third Team selection, 2019 All-NBA First Team, two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team, and 2013 Most Improved Player. 

This season for the Clippers he averaged 24.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game in 31 games played.

C.J. McCollum: Portland Trail Blazers, 2013

C.J. McCollum became the first and only player so far to be drafted from Lehigh when the Trail Blazers selected him in 2013. He had a lot of buzz coming out of college, but he struggled during his first two seasons. 

He became a starter during the 2015-16 season and hasn’t looked back. During that season he was also named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. Since his third season, he has averaged at least 20 points per game each season. 

McCollum is currently playing for the New Orleans Pelicans following a trade in February 2022. 

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Still On The Memory Radar

Paul Pierce: Boston Celtics, 1998

Paul Pierce’s name should be alongside some of the best when it comes to NBA careers. He may not be one of the household names but he had a really impressive career.  He had a 19-year career, with 15 of those seasons being spent with the Celtics. Pierce also spent the 2014-15 season with the Wizards. 

His stats speak for themselves. He averaged 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. He’s also got his name in the Celtics record book with the most 3-pointers made with 1,823 and is the second-leading scorer in franchise history with 24,021 points. 

Some of his career highlights include being a 10-time All-Star, being named 2008 NBA Finals MVP, and being named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.

Joe Johnson: Boston Celtics, 2001

Joe Johnson declared for the NBA Draft after playing two years for Arkansas. He was selected by the Boston Celtics in 2001. He played for seven teams throughout 17 years in the league. 

He was named an NBA All-Star seven times, including six straight seasons from 2007-12. During his career he played in 1,277 games, averaging 16 points per game. 

Jason Terry: Atlanta Hawks, 1999

Nicknamed “The Jet,” Jason Terry played 19 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2018. He played for six teams but is most known for his time with the Dallas Mavericks. He made the move to Dallas via trade and stayed until 2012.

In 2009 he won the Sixth Man Award. Terry helped lead the Mavericks to their first NBA Championship in 2011 with a terrific 27-point performance in Game 6 to clinch the series. 

He currently ranks seventh all-time in 3-pointers made with 2,282 in his career.

Caron Butler: Miami Heat, 2002

Caron Butler came out of UConn early when he entered the 2002 draft. He bounced around the league playing for nine teams throughout his 14-year career. His longest stint was with the Wizards where he spent six years. He helped to turn around the Wizards by leading them to the playoffs. While with the Wizards he was named an All-Star twice.

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Oldies But Goodies

Horace Grant: Chicago Bulls, 1987

Horace Grant was an offensive force at Clemson but turned into more of a defensive threat when he entered the NBA. He was part of the Chicago Bulls team that included Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and helped Chicago win three consecutive NBA Championships in 1991-93. 

He added a fourth championship ring in 2001 with the Los Angeles Lakers. Grant was also a four-time All-Defensive Second Team selection. 

Dick Van Arsdale: New York Knicks, 1965

Dick Van Arsdale was selected by the New York Knicks where he spent three seasons. He spent the remainder of his career in Phoenix playing nine seasons with the Suns. His playing career came to an end in 1977. 

After his first season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team and throughout his career, he was named an NBA All-Star three times all while playing for the Suns. The guard averaged 16.4 points per game in 921 games. 

He was nicknamed “The Original Sun” as he was the first overall pick in the 1968 NBA Expansion Draft by Phoenix. Van Arsdale’s No. 5 jersey is retired by the Suns. 

Jeff Malone: Washington Bullets, 1983

Jeff Malone was a star scorer during his time in Washington through seven seasons with the team he averaged over 20 points per game in his last four with the Bullets. During his last season in Washington, he averaged 24.3 points. Malone earned two NBA All-Star selections and went down as one of the best players in franchise history. 

Paul Westphal: Boston Celtics, 1972

Paul Westphal started his career in Boston and won an NBA Championship with the team in 1974, but he rose to stardom during his time with the Phoenix Suns from 1975 to 1980. During those five years with the Suns, he averaged 20.6 points per game. Westphal was a four-time NBA All-Star selection and three-time All-NBA First Team pick with the Suns. 

His No. 44 jersey has been retired by Phoenix, and in 2019 he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Kayleigh Toney

Kayleigh Toney is a Virginia-based freelance sports writer at Maryland Sharp. She’s an avid NWSL and USWNT fan and a lifelong Virginia Tech Hokie.