I have been racking my brain all year to try and figure out why the Wiz are such an abomination as compared to last year where they were a scrappy competive team every night. Now, I leave the number crunching to Prada and Rook and others who know better than I, but the reason I propose is that while we had defined roles last year (even considering EJ's crazy rotations), this year we have a nice collection of "stuff."
I'll call it my "Roger Mason" Theory
For example 2007-08 Wiz
PG - Antonio Daniels (True PG - low TO, high assist), Roger Mason (3PT specialist)
SG - Stevenson (Supposedly lockdown D, open 3PT) Young (instant offense, developing)
SF - Butler (Scorer, Leader) Songalia (Hustle, Open 10 footers)
PF - Jamison (Scorer, REB) Blatche (high energy, developing)
C - Haywood (Defensive anchor, High PCT FG)
This leaves out McGuire who is/was an energy guy and Pech who is comedy relief.
This year there don't seem to be any set roles
PG - James (Hybrid Guard, shoots too much)
SG - Stevenson (defense down, shoots too much)
SF - Butler (disappears too much)
PF - Jamison (trying to do to much)
C - JaVale McGee (too too raw), Blatche (doesn't play typical center)
Last year, everyone had a role. I don't think Gil's absence was felt as much because everyone knew what they were supposed to do. Young was a rookie, and they played to his strengths and let him just shoot when him came in. Blatche (thought yanked around too often) was asked to board and draw other C's and PF's away from the rim. Stevenson I guess did what Stevenson did....
To illustrate further, the Wiz made the playoffs the year before with Jarvis and Ruffin. As much as these players are maligned on this board, could the success of that team be due in large part to defined roles assigned by the coach?
Or is Roger Mason just that good?