WASHINGTON WIZARDS Review and Information
The heat might be on for the Wizards top coach Eddie Jordan as he enters his third season as the head coach of the Wizards team. Despite leading Washington Wizards to successive playoff spots, the team as a whole has not shown any development on the defensive end and is not taken gravely as a championship threat by anyone.
The strength of the Wizards is their crazy guard, Gilbert Arenas. Arenas was the fourth best scorer in the NBA last season, but still failed to get much admiration as he only made the All-Star team as a replacement. While the points are there, some feel Arenas would be better off shooting less and captivating better looks. His 36.8% three-point percentage certainly doesn't justify gunfire almost seven three-pointers a game. There is no question, however, that Arenas be able to fill up the bucket any night he wishes to.
Rounding out the Wizard's “Big Three” are Caron Butler and Antwan Jamison. Butler is a young wing scorer who was upset for a good amount of time last season but had a big crash on his team when he was able to occupy yourself. He should be good for 17-18 points a game. At the other forward position, Jamison is a good quality inside scorer and he averaged nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds a game last period.
The rest of the behind cast for the Wizards include shooting guards DeShawn Stevenson and Antonio Daniels and big man Brendan Haywood. Stevenson and Daniels jointly should provide enough crime to compliment Arenas at the guard position, but neither is near the top of the class at the two. Both of the guard averaged near or over ten points a game last season, but Stevenson was not a Wizard when he did so. Haywood is a useful big man, though somewhat disappointing, who will be count on for tough rebounds. That means averaging more than the usual 5.9 a game.
The main difficulty for the Wizards seems to be that they are perceived as a one or two man team at best. They have no defensive mentality and are very inconsistent from game to game. To get to the next step they have a lot of work to do, especially with the increase in talent throughout the Eastern Conference. It really is hard to project this team, despite the talent of Arenas, as finishing better than a bottom-four playoff spot and a first round exit like the past two seasons.