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The Wiz have 4 players worth keeping.

If, as stated, 2011-2012 was a season to determine which young pieces were worth keeping before making bigger changes, I think Ted and Ernie have an official answer. In my opinion the Wizards, as constructed, have 4 players officially worth keeping. Going forward, I would like to see the Wiz keep:

  • Wall (obviously)
  • Mack - Looks like a solid backup PG, possible future trade bait.
  • Booker - Not sold he is a starter, but is developing (unlike every other Wiz project since 2000)...should be at least a rotation guy
  • Singleton - Has the tools/skills to be a rotation "3 and D" guy. His shot looks better than %s say, so I will trust that unlike every other Wizards player who needs to develop a J, his will come along.
Of the rest of the young players, I think only Crawford is worth considering keeping. I won't even mention the vets.
  • McGee - will never commit to doing the smaller things necessary to be a franchise center, at least not while in DC. If he ends up in the right situation I could see him becoming a beast, but its not going to be here. $10-12m a year is a toxic, franchise killing contract IMO.
  • Andray - As much shit as he gets, I think Baltche (couldn't help myself) could be a solid 3rd big man on a pretty good team. His extension is exhibit #2 (behind Jan Vesely) of why Grunfeld has to go, but he does have skills. If you forced him to work with a trainer during the entire off-season to prevent his conditioning issues he could be an asset. But I still think I would rather see him amnestied after they buy out Lewis.
  • Nick Young - Might be my least favorite player in the NBA, he just Does Not Get It(tm). His court vision is amazingly bad, and he does not adapt to defensive changes. I think other teams get EXCITED when Nick is hot early, because it means he will become a black hole of shooting through contested double-teams for the duration of the game after the D adjusts. On the occasion his strategy does somewhat work (See: Toronto game this week) he pats himself on the back and says stuff like "The Kobe Effect" as if he thinks of himself as one of the top scorers in the league. Add in things like Twitter campaigns for the 3-pt All Star competition and you have a player who simply exhibits an amazing quantity of attributes that would never be tolerated on a halfway decent team. I bet he gets less than the MLE in the off-season. I still don't want him at that price.
  • Jan Vesely - I am not going to call him a bust, I even like a lot of what he does. But he is the epitome of why Grunfeld needs to be fired. How could you possibly look at that draft, with our roster of zero shooters, and say "Man, we really need a no-skills tweener 7-footer who weighs 200lbs and shot sub 40% from the FT line last year WHILE BEING THE 2nd OR 3rd BEST PLAYER ON HIS TEAM IN EUROPE. He will TOTALLY be ready to contribute at an NBA level before our 2nd year #1 overall PG leaves. I bet his transition alley-oops from Wall will be amazing!!" Not saying he is going to be terrible in the long run, but on a team this raw, you have to spend some of your picks on players able to fit the puzzle and contribute soon in a very specific way...like a Leonard or Thompson.
  • Seraphim - Another super-raw player, an Ernie Grunfeld Special. I see his ceiling as a 4th or 5th big man, so I guess I could see keeping him around, but I don't think you can factor him into any plans of contention.
  • Jordan Chuckford - Not Worth keeping
  • Jordan Crawford - If you can coach the "I think I am MJ" out of him, and pull him every single time he morphs into his alter ego Jordan Chuckford (you know...the one who is a NY level black hole and dribbles around either wildly or in place for no reason) until Chuckford dies, he becomes an asset off the bench as a 2nd team scorer. If only he would use his passing skills and court vision more.
I think the Wiz need to be actively shopping every single player in my second list. Obviously I don't think our young players have much value, but I think Young and McGee in particular could net some late-1st (or similar) assets that could be pooled to net a 2nd Lottery pick this year (my end goal). I guess there isn't really an overall reason for this fanpost other than to put my opinion up here...but there it is. I will probably play with the trade machine to try and put together some reasonable trades. What do you guys think?

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