Originally Posted by Lakas Fan Yo
Washington is no small market.
It's not exactly huge. I can't find the statistics right now, but the DMV isn't a particularly huge or densely populated area. DC itself only has 800,000 people, and we've got the Bobcats to the south of us and the 76ers to the north. Plus, the Wizards are competing with the Orioles, Nationals, Ravens, Redskins, Terps, Hoyas, and Caps for exposure, so it's not like Portland or something where the Blazers are the biggest show in town.
And the previous posters are right, the Wizards are one of the worst teams in the league (technically second worst right now, I think), so them getting the pick wouldn't be even a little bit suspicious. If Stern was that fond of DC, they'd have won in the 80's and early 90's when they were just as hopeless and pathetic.