So far, this season ;
Abe Pollin has died
Gilbert Arenas has been suspended
Seven Day 'Dray has proved himself to be a legitimate player that can keep up with the NBA's elite
Ted Leonsis has purchased the Wizards
The Wizards Roster currently consists of:
Here is my analysis:
Point Guards: Shaun Livingston, Gilbert Arenas, Earl Boykins, and Randy Foye
Gilbert is still a little bit iffy with me, and even though Grunfeld says he will be with Washington next year, this may not be so (Leonsis may have other ideas). Still not a pass first point guard and prefers to shoot. A negative asset when it comes to team chemistry. Shaun Livingston has really impressed me- maybe because he actually PASSES the ball. Doesn't have the greatest shooting touch or scoring ability, but I would like to keep him as a substitute point guard for next year. Earl Boykins bothers the shit out of me, because of his excessive dribbling. I would not be sad nor happy if he is brought back next year. I think of Randy Foye as a raw version of Gilbert Arenas. He can score whenever he wants and has the potential to be a star, however he shoots a lot for a point guard and also has a negative chemistry.
Shooting Guards: Mike Miller, Nick Young, Quinton Ross
Mike Miller has to be my favorite player on the Wizards. He has amazing fundamentals- can shoot, rebound, pass, and drive. He also has a fairly high Basketball IQ and doesn't commit many turnovers. I would be absolutely delighted if the Wizards brought back next year. Nick Young also has potential, however he is very raw, and careless with the ball. He has a nice stroke from three, however he's a VERY streaky shooter and inconsistent. Quinton Ross hasn't seen much of an expanded role, however i think this is for good reason. He, like Mike Miller, seems to have very good fundamentals, however he can't really score and is overall a very quiet player. I would be fine with not seeing him next year.
Small Forwards: Al Thornton, Josh Howard
Al Thornton has a lot of potential. He can drive, and is very explosive at the rim, and is a excellent rebounder. He has a mediocre shooting touch. I would like to see him back next year. I am also impressed with Josh Howard. He shot the basketball a lot and had a score-first mentality, however the team chemistry with him on the floor was pretty good. I enjoyed watching him, and would like the Wizards to sign him next year (at a lower salary of course).
Power Forwards: Andray Blatche
Andray Blatche has shown amazing potential this year and has averaged an amazing 24.5 points per game since the all star break. He will be back next year unless something crazy happens, and I am happy about that. I would like him to get stronger over the summer and come back looking similar to Dwight Howard (in my dreams). I also hope that the Wizards can sign another Power Forward over the summer to help out 'Dray sometimes. (im PRAYING for Josh Smith)
Centers: JaVale McGee, Fabricio Oberto, James Singleton
JaVale has once again proved to me that he will most likely NEVER be a star in the nba. He is still is as scrawny as ever, despite his workout videos over the summer. He can NOT play defense other than the occasional block, and other than Oleisky Pecherov, it looks like any center in the league can score on him basically at will. He has NO offensive game, and constantly is missing 5-10 foot floaters. It's time to give up on javale, DC. Trade him, release him, i really dont care. As long as he is gone. Fabricio Oberto most likely will retire next year, but really, who even cares. He doesnt get much playing time on the Wizards, and when he is playing, he isnt doing much. I still am crying on a daily basis about the fact that he was basically signed at the cost of DeJuan Blair. James Singleton looks like he can be a good role guy who can come in and give you 5 points and 5 rebounds a night. He is explosive at the rim and can finish strong. I would like to see him in a Wizards uniform next season.
So, how does the NBA draft play into all of this, you ask?
WELL, I think that:
JOHN WALL IS THE SOLUTION TO THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS FRANCHISE!!!!!!!
If the Wizards recieve the number one draft choice in the 2010 draft, i would love to see them draft John Wall. Mr. Wall has basically unlimited potential and can pass like hell. With him on this team, the Wizards chemistry would improve greatly, and their game would be much more balanced both offensively, and defensively.
So, this is my dream roster for the Wizards 2010, 2011 season.
Point Guards: John Wall, Shaun Livingston.
Shooting Guards: Gilbert Arenas, Mike Miller, Nick Young
Small Forwards: Josh Howard, Al Thornton
Power Forwards: Josh Smith, Draft Choice
Centers: Andray Blatche, Draft Choice, James Singleton
This would mean that we have John Wall, Gilbert Arenas, Josh Howard, Josh Smith, and Andray Blatche as our starting lineup. John Wall and Josh Smith are energetic and would be a great dynamic duo. Gilbert would get to stop pretending to be a Point Guard and would get to actually focus on doing what he does best- SHOOT (hehe guns, shoot). But seriously. Josh Howard seems like a legitimate player, and with a little bit of encouragement Al Thornton seems like he could be an excellent 10-20 minutes a game player. 'Dray can continue to be 'Dray and put up around 15 a game (no longer the 1st option on offense). Nick Can improve, James Singleton can provide a spark off the bench and Josh Smith can give us all those amazing highlight dunks.
So there you have it. My solution to the wizards summed up in one fan page.
If the Wizards receive the 1st pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, who should they pick?
John Wall (87 votes)
Evan Turner (31 votes)
Derrick Favors (0 votes)
DeMarcis Couzins (8 votes)
Other player (specify in comments) (0 votes)
126 total votes