I've been quite irritated lately by this constant debate that has ensued with 'Zards fans about who is the better player. What I don't understand is this new legion of Wizards fans that are ready to get rid of Nick Young because of the stretch of games that Jordan Crawford has had. Don't get me wrong, I like Crawford, I think he's going to be a great player, but I don't think he's ready to be a starter in this league yet. For starters (no pun), he is still very small to be a starting SG. If anything he's more of a tweener. And if people thought having Gilbert Arenas along side Wall would be difficult imagine a guy that's 20 pounds smaller than Arenas. Now if you look at the league of shooting guards, players like Kobe Bryant, Manu Ginobili, Joe Johnson, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade, only Wade is considered a smaller SG and that is negated by his strength and crazy athletic ability. So what are we expecting? Our team has played awful defense in the past few weeks, giving up an average of 112 ppg in past 10 games and now we are ready to start another undersized player, which we have had for years and produced horrendous defensive results. I mean right now, our front court is consistently overmatched night in and night out because of the frailness of McGee and Blatche, so now you want to go small in another starting position and think that some how our defense will improve? You can't be serious!
Then let's talk about the offensive end. Right now Nick Young is the clear more efficient player. What many Crawford supporters argue is that Nick Young doesn't do much else. Well I would argue that Nick Young is only serving as a role player who job is not predicated on getting rebounds and assists. Would it be nice for him to do it, sure, but how many players do you know that can score and have an all-around game? I mean if his game was that well-rounded he would be considered one of the best players in the game. Players like Wade and Bryant are the ones who are able to have the complete game. Jordan Crawford definitely has more potential to have an all-around game, but he loses points with his inefficency. Let's look at the numbers:
Nick Young: 17.4 ppg, 1.2 apg, 2.7 rpg, 14.34 PER, 44% FG, 39% 3-Pt FG, 1.4 TOpg
26 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast per 48 minutes
Jordan Crawford: 11.2 ppg, 2.5 apg, 2.6 rpg, 13.00 PER, 39% FG, 26% 3-Pt FG, 1.9 TOpg
24 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast per 48 minutes
If you look at the 3-Pt FG %, you can see that 26%. That's not good. That's especially not good for your starting SG if he's playing next to a penetrating and kicking out player like John Wall. We need efficient shooting around Wall. Players that can get open, catch and shoot. Jordan Crawford will get there at some point, but right now he's not there yet. So the question I have is, do you all agree that Nick Young is a better option as the starting SG next year in the event that he is re-signed or would you all rather have Crawford?