The worst thing the Washington Wizards could do at this moment is give in to public sentiment and view their unexpected surprise of a No. 3 pick in the NBA draft lottery as a nameplate above a cubicle in their locker room next season.

The Wizards got lucky, moved up five picks from where they were projected to choose in the draft, and drew the third selection Tuesday night for the second year in a row. Their good fortune could allow them to keep a local college or high school kid close to home. But they should resist the temptation.

Available at No. 3 in a month is very possibly Otto Porter Jr., the Georgetown all-American who was a finalist for numerous player-of-the-year awards. Or there could be Victor Oladipo, Indiana’s levitating swingman and DeMatha’s own. They both think the game like old souls. They move without the ball, pass, rebound and shoot the three-point bomb with aplomb. Either one is instant insurance in case Martell Webster, the team’s current starting small forward, decides to leave via free agency.

Porter is also just 20, and there is no certainty he can play 20-plus minutes per game his rookie year and help the Wizards immediately become a playoff team. The same goes for Oladipo, who turned 21 this month and would admittedly be eye candy on a two-on-none break with John Wall in mid-March.

Either seems like a good fit to play alongside Wall and Bradley Beal for years to come.

But the Wizards don’t have years. They have next season. Postseason or bust. That’s it. And as much as I think Porter could be an all-star within three years and Oladipo could be sixth man of the year off the Wizards’ bench in 2015, I’m not sure either one makes their mark next season.

And if Ernie Grunfeld can secure an established veteran now for that pick, someone who could even help take this franchise to the second round for the first time since 2005, he’s got to take that chance.

If he can dangle the No. 3 pick and Trevor Booker for, say, Detroit’s No. 8 pick and Greg Monroe or Minnesota’s No. 9 pick and an established veteran who’s not too old and not making more than $15 million per season, that makes the Wizards better now, not later.

Either way, Grunfeld has a much bigger bargaining chip than he did before 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

Bottom line, he can’t throw “developing player” at the problem anymore. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky’s shot-blocking freshman coming off ACL surgery on his left knee, will probably be gone at No. 3. If the Wizards got No. 1, they could make a good argument for not moving the pick. Noel has that much upside.

But take a name like Porter’s and the sentimental attachment to a local player away and now Grunfeld has a legitimate opportunity to go out and swing a deal for a player of larger stature, maybe someone like Danny Granger, provided the Pacers all-star’s knee is finally sound again.