The choice, really, should be Otto-matic.

Fortunes of an NBA franchise can turn on the bounce of a few ping-pong balls. Late Tuesday, those balls, under the watchful eye of the usual Ernst and Young representative, provided a moment for the Wizards rarer than the once-in-17-years appearance by Brood X of cicadas.

Slotted for the No. 8 pick, the Wizards held a 12.4 percent chance of moving up to the No. 3 pick in the NBA’s draft lottery. They may as well have bought tickets for the $590.5 million Powerball jackpot.

But the ping-pong balls rattled around, envelopes with the results were torn open and, behold, a gift dropped into the laps of a franchise beset by ineptitude in the locker room and on the hardwood over the last five seasons.

This is something even the Wizards can’t screw up, an ideal confluence of good fortune and need and availability. There’s no need to chase the temptation of dealing the pick for the fool’s gold of some quick-fix that, more often than not, is burdened by unmet expectations, a gargantuan contract or the sort of off-court misadventures and police-blotter mentions that dogged the Wizards of not-so-old.

No, this is the time to continue building a long-term solution to the five apocalyptic years of basketball where the once-competent franchise slumped to a .296 winning percentage and, among other problems, has been dwarfed by the arrivals of Robert Griffin III and Bryce Harper in Washington.

So, say hello to Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr.

Look over the dizzying array of mock drafts and some combination of Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel and Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore are popular predictions as the first two picks by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic. Simple enough.

Enter the Wizards.

What usually follows, of course, are the usual complaints about this being the least inspiring crop of would-be players in years and the Wizards being one pick away from landing an impact contributor. Porter, however, is different. The small forward from smaller-town Missouri isn’t the sort, though, who’d say so or, really, do much of anything to draw attention to himself. But he’s the right player (and person) at the right time for the Wizards.