Last season we could count on three things pretty much all season. Javale McGee would get the hook faster than Yankees and Cowboys fans can throw on their Heat jerseys, there would be a chorus of "YIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!" at some point, while John Wall and Andray Blatche would log 35+ minutes. It looks like Flip isn't about to stop giving John all the minutes he can handle, but his confidence in Chris Singleton has interesting ramifications.
"I think that because of him [Singleton], we will have the ability now to play Rashard [Lewis] at some 4, too," Saunders said. "It will give a different look in how we play, and it will stretch the floor. That will help John [Wall] in pick-and-roll situations."
Flip Saunders via CSN Washington
Those minutes at the 4 will come at the expense of someone. With Trevor Booker getting barely any burn, the player who stands to lose the most play time is our erstwhile captain. But that might not be the worst thing in the world for 7-Day.
I introduced the pruning metaphor with respect to the lineup and Flip agrees Chris' play demands court time. Where is it going to come from? Not out of John Wall's pocket. Flip is invested in Jordan Crawford's success and he'd be crazy to sit Nick Young. He can cut some of those minutes from Rashard Lewis and keep his legs fresher. If his production in Atlanta is any indication of what we can expect in limited minutes from him, then sign me up.
The first thing I thought when I envisioned Andray Blatche's role on a contending team several years ago was, 'He could be our Lamar Odom.' The kind of guy who could go from having a reputation as a one-in-fiver to the kind of guy Amar'e Stoudemire could bitterly comment had 'a lucky game' after a playoff defeat. And who knows, maybe he could be the starting PF on a Washington contender.
Of course, it's difficult to justify any of our players getting more than 30 minutes with the way the season has gone thus far. It's easy to remember the stretch Andray was injured last year, and the team struggled to put points on the board. It's even easier to remember Andray complaining about needing touches in the paint when the team runs isos for him resulting in the same soft jumpers from 18 feet. Not hard to conclude neither side is satisfied with things as they are.
Personally, Andray seems like he would be best in an established offence where his good (but not elite) yet broad skill set could flourish in the human swiss army knife role Odom perfected with the Lakers. After six years in the league, we can assume Andray knows what he does well. When Flip takes away some of his minutes (and the pressure that comes with being heavily featured), we can hope Dray will start to play within himself and become the kind of player a contender needs.