With Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that the Washington Wizards have fired head coach Flip Saunders, the team appears to be headed towards a major rebuilding commitment. While owner Ted Leonsis has attempted to improve the Wiz by small movements, it is very apparent that this team cannot be a playoff caliber team (or anything close) with the selfish trio of Andray Blatche, Nick Young, and JaVale McGee. All three of these players are athletic and young, so it stands to reason that other teams would have desire in the raw talent in the hopes of maybe turning around their bad tendencies.
Blatche is never going to be a defensive presence, but there is something terribly off about his shot selection this season. His FG% is down from .445 last season to .380 this year, and while he’s received the brunt of the Wizards’ ridicule, he has actually been taking 3 less shots per game than he did last year.
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The Suns took a huge offensive step back when they lost Amar’e Stoudemire. Since then, their big man game has been weakened as well. Robin Lopez has been unimpressive, and a creative trade might be an easy way of getting rid of their Josh Childress contract.
I know how it sounds, but Erik Spoelstra is one of the few coaches who might be able to make Blatche an acceptable help defender. He has the athleticism to defend, maybe putting him in a position where his offense is superfluous would be good for him.
Young is a prime example of how Gilbert Arenas was poisonous to this team’s mindset. He’s wonderful with the ball in his hands, but he is cocky, selfish, and when needed to facilitate the rest of his teammates, finds himself unable or unwilling to help.
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While Lamar Odom is a spectacular player, he hasn’t been playing well at all for the Mavs. Eventually, he will be able to be his old self, a cannonball that few can match up well with, but as of now, this team could use him in order to produce in the same capacity that they employed Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson last season.
Now, Young already plays with an excellent young point guard, but there is no chance that Young could be able to lead the Bulls in scoring like he did last year with Washington. This could help Young to develop a little sense of humility with a team that’s not known to pander to its players. Discipline, discipline, discipline. Also, the Bulls are watching Luol Deng’s injury very closely, and might need some extra scoring to maintain their record.
If I were a betting man, I would say that McGee is the most likely to remain with the Wizards. He’s more driven than the other stooges, he’s liked by fans (on occasion), and if the league ever allows double-dunking in games, he has a significant lead on all other players. Not saying it’s going to happen, but Leonsis is a “forward-thinking” owner, you know. However, with the right training and mental preparation, McGee could be a mixture of Pau Gasol and Ralph Sampson, long and lean, with great hands.
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This team has some promise, but they’ve got to trim some fat first. If the Wolves could find a way to pair McGee with Kevin Love, Love’s work ethic could rub off, and a starting five including Ricky Rubio, Wesley Johnson, Derrick Williams, McGee, and Love would be rather imposing when they hit their primes.
While the Bucks already have a few players of his size, they are also ranked 25th in the league in rebounds and 24th in blocks. McGee could add something to this anemic offense, and further lock down the paint.