I would like to see them run a few minutes of Wall, Ariza, Singleton, Booker, and Nene each half to see if they can pressure another team into mistakes and turnovers.Good for the Wizards. They've officially rid themselves of McGee, Young and Blatche. No more excuses for Wall, he needs to start winning this year with these guys and I think he will. With the lack of depth anticipated in the East, they really should make the playoffs with Wall, Beal and Nene as well as guys like Crawford, Vesely, Singleton, Ariza, Okafor and Booker. They're still young, but there's no reason they can't be a pretty good defensive team and have the ability to score in transition. Wall's going to have to be better in generating half court offense, but I think he can do it. The pieces are there.
They should be, or at least much improved and in contention. If not, you can forget about John Wall ever being a real franchise player.Some of you think the Wizards are a playoff squad now?
I don't see it. I agree dumping Blatche was a good move though.
Hrm... well you have the obvious playoff teams... (in no real order)They should be, or at least much improved and in contention. If not, you can forget about John Wall ever being a real franchise player.
Look at that lineup cpawfan posted. That should be a heck of a defensive unit. Like I said, Wall is going to have to generate more offense in the half court, but they have a group that can run and score in transition. Ariza and Okafor should help, because they aren't going to be asked to do too much in Washington. They're the kinda guys who have been put in roles too big for them in the past, but they're valuable with smaller defined roles.