The one thing that drove me nuts with last years Wizards team was that many nights they mailed it in. Especially Young, Mcgee, and Blatche. Nick Young's body language to me always reeked of I really don't care syndrome. Nick Young is an enigma. Someone who can shoot close to 90% from the ft line. However, does not drive to the basket to create contact with he is perfectly capable of doing. Instead of being a mid teens scorer he could have easily been an over 20 points a game scorer. Not To mention it is really hard to be a guard averaging the minutes he did and only average 0.9 assists a game
Mcgee I believe developed a lot of bad habits sitting for as long as he did his first two years. He was the type of player that needed in game experience early to learn on the job. He was one of these players that is such a freakish athlete that it became more of a curse than a gift. At one point I thought he could end up progressing like a Josh Smith. Josh Smith is first few years excelled to a point just off of his freakish athleticism, but he really didnt have any basketball skills. Eventually he stopped shooting so many threes and honed into what he does best. Now he is one of the better all around forwards in the NBA. Mcgee however still with his minutes dwindling in Denver still doesn't know how the best use his talents.
Andray Blatche of the three was the most frustrating, For someone who was only a second round pick with the kinda talent he has you would think would have had a chip on his shoulder. Nope. Andray is one of those long freakishly skilled 7 footers where being versatile hinders them. Like an Anthony Randolph Blatche wanted to handle the ball all the time like a guard. He had good handles for a big man but the ball just seemed to stick in his hands. Blatche had the talent to be a multple time all-star and potentially a franchise big man. The effort, grit, dedication, and drive never came close to matching his talent for more than a ten game span when the games didnt matter at the end of the season. People always laugh when I say that Vince Carter was more talented than Michael Jordan. However, its true. Just from a talent standpoint Vince Carter in his prime had ability to get at the rim at will, shoot threes from 30 plus feet, give you 6-7 boards a game, and 6-7 assists a game. If he wanted to he could have been a lock down defender as well. Carter, like Blatche prove that talent isn't everything.
The Wiz are less talented without these three players. However, without them the Wiz have become a much improved defensive team. They just have struggles scoring the ball at times. At least a know when I turn on a Wizards game now that 9/10 times I am going to see a team that plays hard for 48 mins. A lot of times they are in the game and frankly just don't have the talent to close the game out which often seperates the great/good teams from the bad teams. I think that building around Wall Beal, and Nene(That is if he can stay healthy), I am still not quite sold about Kevin Seraphin. If the Wiz are going to keep him they need to get rid of Booker, Singleton, and Veseley because they all basically do the same things. The Wiz more than anything need to find a SF that can first of all shoot, secondly have the ability to create for himself, and run the floor.