Wizards first-round pick Kevin Seraphin reached a buyout agreement and is set to sign with the Wizards.
Courtesy of the Washington Post...
What do you guys think of this kid? I don't know much about him, but I did like what I saw out of his highlight films... I am a bit surprised hes coming over already though...
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Anyways, I remember at the draft someone compared him to Nene, I like that comparision.
Though it'll take time for him to reach his potential.
Nene' is a solid comparison, especially as he polishes his game up some more.
Seraphin will take some time but his potential is great and potentially if Blatche doesn't keep his head on straight down the line the Wizards could have a Seraphin/Mcgee front line. I've seen a few of his pro league games. He's an extremely big body. A legit 260-270. What's surprisingly though is how athletic he is and he has soft hands. I know a lot of people like to compare him to Ibaka but Ibaka is much quicker off his feet and explosive. Seraphin though has more skill and could potentially be a very good 13+8 type player with a pretty good back to the basket game, where as Ibaka projects more as an energy defensive stopper type player. Wizards probably won't contend for a playoff spot this year but they have a fine looking roster with an infusion of youth and vet's. After re-signing Josh Howard yesterday they have a surprisingly deep and exciting team. I'm a Hawks fan but I can't wait to see the Wizards. TBH I do root for the Wizards and Bobcats as well. I don't want to see Miami and Orlando rule this division the next 10 years, although that's likely the happen. Washington really though has a chance to be good in a few years.
PG: John Wall/Kirk Hinrich
SG: Gilbert Arenas/Nick Young
SF: Josh Howard/Al Thornton
PF: Andray Blatche/Yi Jianlian/Trevor Booker
C:Javale Mcgee/Kevin Seraphin/Hilton Armstrong
That looks to be their opening day active 12 barring Blatche's recovery, with the last 3 players on the roster likely being Hamady N'diaye, Cartier Martin, and Lester Hudson. Really everyone except Armstrong I can see fighting a way into the rotation.
I'm thoroughly impressed with this quick 1 year turn around. Sure getting John Wall was a lucky blessing but think about it a year ago they were in salary cap hell. They were in the luxury tax with a trio of Butler, Jamison, and Arenas who would never make them contenders even though they were being paid like it. In one year they have managed to build a fairly deep and talented young roster while still being under the cap. Pretty amazing when you think of it. They've really reached the point where Arenas doesn't have to be expendable. They can at least take the risk and see how he fits in with Wall. If Wall and Arenas can emulate the duo of Arenas+Larry Hughes from 04, this team has a bright future especially if Mcgee and Blatche develop the way it looks like they will. I'm not gonna lie, I'm kind of jealous of Washington sports. All of their teams this decade of pretty much sucked, now all of the sudden the city has John Wall, Stephen Strasburg+Bryce Harper, Alex Ovechkin, and somehow managed to get Donovan Mcnabb. Crazy turn of events for that city.
BTW Ibaka and Roddy B performing earlier than expected has really helped teams realize that there are benefits to bringing over foreign players sooner than later without risking a Fran Vasquez or Ricky Rubio fiasco.
Yeah, I'm really excited to be a Washington sports fan. There's a lot of buzz in DC with all these young or new talented players coming in.
And even though I don't watch soccer, since D.C. United has the worst record in the MLS, they are even on pace to get the #1 pick, ha.
I hope Yi wakes up this year because things are looking bad for his playing time
Yi might actually start the season as the starting PF as Blatche had foot surgery this offseason. But I agree if he shows any signs of not playing well he could easily get buried in the depth chart, especially with a guy like Trevor Booker behind him, Booker isn't the tallest or most skilled player but he'll go balls out every play. I know Flip Saunders loves those kind of guys.
Blatche said he would be ready by the time training camp starts, so he should be back in time for the first game of the regular season.
But I like Yi. I don't know why people were saying that Yi was a bad acquisition for Washington. He will probably never live up to the hype that was given to him when he was drafted, but he is still a solid player and can surely contribute for Washington. If he plays well, he'll get a lot of time at PF and might even play some SF if the team decides to go big.
Yeah I did a few semesters at American U and I kind of noticed that folks in D.C. don't show any real enthusiasm for their teams when they are bad. I'm kind of glad there is a resurgence and enthusiasm because D.C. can get kind of boring.
Well there is no way Yi can be a bad acquisition when you got him for free since the Nets were positioning themselves for LeBron. At the worst he's on the last year of his contract so it's really a no risk high reward signing. Yi is a bit of a tweener and a little soft defensively and isn't the greatest rebounder, but he is pretty athletic, highly skilled including a pretty nice jumper, and he's an underrated offensive rebounder. I think he just needs to find a way to relax. He seems to rush into things too often instead of being patient and letting his skills dictate his performance. Good coaching will push him in the right direction and I think Flip Saunders is a great teacher especially with Big men.
I saw Seraphin play several times right here in france. He's a very intriguing prospect due to his mix of strength and athletic ability. He played pro for 2 years and his team won the champoionship this year. He was not the go to guy, played like 15-20min a game but once he gains consistency he could be a very good inside provider from the bench at both the 4 and 5 spot.
When did J Hov resign and for how long and how much???
It was reported yesterday that he signed and he signed for 1 yr/4mil.
I believe he only reaches 4 mil with incentives which probably include staying healthy, regardless it's a one year deal so they can see this year what they have in him, if he shows that he still brings defense and secondary scoring they will probably extend next summer, probably a 3 year contract.
remind me Okafor with his physical tools and style of play!
Seeing the roster posted really puts things in perspective for me. Washington has some really nice pieces. I think the thing that hurts this team is that they have too many guys who are not focused and a lot of head cases. When Blatche keeps his head, he shows you that he has some nice skills. Same thing with Yi when he stays aggressive. I just don't think you can have a good team if you have too many "knuckleheads" on it. The Lakers had one (Artest) and Boston had one in Rasheed, but that gets discounted some because he has such a high iq, but he came into the season out of shape and has never achieved what he could have because he didn't always pull it together. I definitely think the team could be a playoff team, it just seems like their might be too much inconsistency, which that might have been ok in the east a couple of years ago, but it has gotten much tougher of late in my opinion.