Fizer's Take: Washington Wizards
This is the team that has been knocked out of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the last 3 seasons... They thought they had a sort-of rivalry... If people consider them a rivalry, then its definitely lopsided. Well, the Wizards got a sidelined Arenas while the Cavs got LeBron... Enough said... People expecting another match-up in the playoffs were in for another surprise. The Wiz, after signing Arenas to a ridiculous contract, were robbed as guys like Brendan Haywood and Gilbert Arenas went down with injuries. Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler are doing their thing but with a core filled with inexperienced players such as JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche, who still lacks consistency, the Wiz lost more than what fans expected. Eddie Jordan was fired after a 1-10 start and the Wizards couldn't find their groove. As the young guys like Dominic McGuire and Nick Young tried to help, the Wizards just couldn't find a consistent player that can bring them a little bit of hope. They traded for scoring guard Mike James and did lift them quite a bit. But when Arenas and Haywood came back, everybody knew that it was too late for them to make some impact to a team who is going to have a lottery in which they hoped could cash in a player they desperately need. They finished the season with a 19-63 record hoping for that number 1 pick coming for their franchise.
The hope for the number 1 pick didn't come and they were out of the Blake Griffin bonanza. The Wizards ended up with the 5th pick in the draft. To make up for this "unlucky" situation, the Wizards decided to trade for a chance of having some veteran roles on their team rather than a rookie playing for them. They got rid of their 5th and only pick and missed out their chance of drafting Ricky Rubio. They traded it to Minnesota in exchange for solid guys like Mike Miller and Randy Foye. Both can provide instant offense in which the Wiz definitely lacks off the bench. This could be a bold move that could help boost the Wizards back to playoff contention. It is still a risk however if these guys don't mesh with the team and guys like Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn turned out to be awesome studs.
The offseason changes haven't been much for the Wizards except that they are hoping for a bounce-back season after suffering from 63 losses the previous year. They did hire a new coach in Flip Saunders who is hoping to lead this Wizards back to contention. The media focus on this team is how will Gilbert Arenas affect the situation of this team after suffering from various injuries that led to numerous surgeries. Will Nick Young be able to find his groove after showing signs of promise during his first two years? Tough call on this one as long as DeShawn Stevenson stays sidelined, he might be able to get more PT. Will JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche finally get out of that "lack of experience" tag? The questions linger as the East starts to really improve on them. One thing's for sure, Gilbert Arenas robbed the Wizards with that $111 Million Contract that I think he don't deserve. This could be the last time we'll see the Big 3 of Arenas, Butler and Jamison combine together if this team don't work as many have expected.
NBA Draft Grade: B-
NBA Offseason Grade: C
Predicted W-L: 42-40
This is just a writer's opinion... Anyone care to comment, I am open for it^^
Jamison: 22.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.0 apg
Arenas: 20.0 ppg, 5.5 apg, 3.1 rpg
Butler: 16.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 apg
Haywood: 9.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 54% FG
Boykins: 8.9 ppg, 4.2 apg, 1.3 spg
Miller: 9.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.4 apg
Foye: 5.2 ppg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg
Blatche: 10.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.08 bpg
Young: 9.2 ppg, 42%3PT, 2.0 rpg
BTW THOSE ARE MY PROJECTED STATS FOR THEM BY SEASON'S END
they have too many players that need minutes and not enough star talent.