Keys to the Palace
|Week 21 PER
|Week 20 PER
|Now that's more like it! yes, the Warriors didn't have a true center to offer any resistance, but JaVale took full advantage in having a career best scoring night. Not only were the scoring and rebounding there against Golden State, but he altered quite a few shots and I don't recall 1 goaltending. I guess I can find fault in scoring 13 points on 13 shots against the Nuggets, but then I can't forget the block of the year against Wesley Matthews.
|An NBA contract is a big deal, and even better is getting a 2nd 10-day contract. Those alone get him a Guest Pass. That 2nd contract appears to be more a product of Wizards injuries than on-court performance, so just a Guest Pass for now. He definitely worked hard and provided a little energy, which is always welcome.
|He had a couple good efforts and a couple bad ones, so I think Guest Pass is about right. The Warriors game has to be his best work to date, with a terrific 23 and 8 with 6 free throws, great floor spacing, and a little variety to his standard catch and shoot style.
|A big week for Yi who has been dramatically improved of late; maybe it was that sweet picture I put up of him last week. I was tempted to go with a full Key, but I can't overlook the Warriors complete lack of size being the driving factor in his performance Sunday night. Earlier this week, I voted in the blog's poll that the Yi experiment should be over after this year, but I have now shifted my stance to a 'wait and see' approach. These next 10 games could be huge for him and his future.
|Week 18 PER
|He was great against the Clips even though he only shot 12-for-26 from the field. The problem is the other 3 games being relatively pedestrian. If he is going to be a leader of this young team, he cannot allow the blowouts and mini-meltdown at the end of the Clips game. He is too important to have bad games, and there is a direct correlation between his performance and the 2 blowouts.
|We all probably remember the effort against the Clippers, but let's not overlook that he shot 10-for-28 in that game. No, that is not a typo. 10 assists and 7 boards were nice in that game, but he shot 3-for-15 against Portland and 5-for-21 against the Warriors, yikes. The bright side is that he looks pretty comfortable being a playmaker, which is something this team almost completely lacks outside of Wall. The shot selection is a big issue though that has to be addressed.
|His numbers against Denver were great: 40 minutes, 4-7 from the field, 10 pts, 10 rbs, 3 blks, 2 assts, and 1 stl. Other than that though, there wasn't a whole lot to get excited about. It is too bad we don't have much in the way of other SF options, as right now is a great chance to test him out playing PF minutes. His development has been exciting though, and I can only hope the sore knee will keep him out of just 1 game.
|An awful game and then an injury recurrence, so yeah, not a good week. The most frustrating part is that we would all like to see him shake the knee injury and finish the season on a high note. He was off to a good start in a game that would suit his style, but who knows if he will play again this year.
|This was not a terrible week for the young big man. The good is that he continues to show development on the offensive end, and I can't remember the last moving screen. The bad is that he had 5 fouls in 8 minutes against the Clippers, and 5 fouls in 17 minutes against the Blazers. Long term though, I'm still buying Seraphin's stock.
|He played a measly 21 minutes this week and didn't do a whole lot to get me excited. The emergence of Crawford has probably been a big reason for that. Even though the Wiz have just Cook Book as a SF who will definitely be here next year, I am not sure Cartier is going to be back with the team at this rate.
|He just passes the minutes threshold for consideration, so not much to analyze here. He continues to get minutes with Dray injured, which is good for him, but isn't doing a ton with those minutes. I would have been curious to see him against an easier matchup in the Warriors to see if he could take advantage.
NOTE: Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis, Josh Howard, and Mustafa Shakur were left off this week's Keys to the Palace because they did not receive enough playing time for a fair evaluation.
NOTE #2: I had some format issues this week, and given my need to get to bed at a reasonable hour, there are issues with player name links.