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I think Patterson is out because it will be hard to move anyone else unless they're attatched to Patterson,
DC would almost certainly trade Ariza's expiring and Trevor Booker or Vesely or Singleton (last 2s 4th year options aren't picked up yet, so they're currently de facto expirings) for Patterson/ Hayes
1 year, 4 months ago on Poll: What does the addition of Carl Landry mean for the Sacramento Kings bigs?
They are shopping Ilyasova because they want to build around a Henson/Sanders frontcourt.
1 year, 4 months ago on Who says no? Exploring logical trade scenarios for the Sacramento Kings
Ariza for Patterson?
Worth noting that we have real bigs who can play over Jan.
I'd say, if he got 25-30 mpg like he did in April of his rookie year, he'd get comfortable again. Look at his splits. See how he stopped fouling and turning it over? See how he shot65% from the line? And averaged something like 8.5/8 in 28 minutes? That's solid for a rookie foreign big, VERY solid. His p+r D was great then too. I was very happy with the pick going into the summer. Then he bombed jumpers so smooth in summer league even though he looked slow.. Then he just started looking slow.. Period..
Unfortunately, something happened. We apparently weren't happy with solid and decided since we had so many other 4s we could change Jan's shot (which was really good for a 7 footer in Europe. Yes. That's Europe. But he's only taking wide open jumpers no matter what. It's not like they had a square ball over there) and try to change his physique.
It's crazy though. He looked more than a step slow. He looked like he did when he started off his rookie year with that hip injury really. Alternately tentative and pressing in bad spots. The Wizards seem to have changed their plans for him several times already, and I can't help but think we'd be much happier with him if we had just let him be who he is- basically Anthony Randolph with basketball IQ. It's not the type of player who starts for champions, but it's the type of player that sticks in the league.
Now? He's so mixed up and we've had so many false starts (with Sing too!) I don't kow what to expect
1 year, 5 months ago on What are Jan Vesely’s Expectations?
I dig it, working on his J is important but Wall can become an utterly elite defender. You know what would be epic? If focusing on defense led him to an epiphany about what he can do to break down opposing defenses, be it with a pull up J or violent momentum shift that causes defenders to run into him on the ground instead of glancing blows as Wall rockets out of bounds and hits the court way too hard for comfort.
I'd like to start smacking national media dudes that front on Walls ability to make dudes better. Go down the list and check out everyone's stats in February and January vs Nivember and December. It's a joke how beautifully the efficiency has spread around after only 18 games or whatever.
1 year, 9 months ago on Payton Talks John Wall at All-Star Weekend
Ouch, I had paragraph breaks, I swear!! Sorry. Damn. Now nobody's going to bother reading that.
1 year, 9 months ago on Whereâs the STEEZ? Trade Speculation Engaged
First and foremost, I don't see the slightest reason to trade Jordan Crawford right now. I've blabbed this countless times already, but here we go: he costs 1/30th of the salary cap next season. He's the only Wizard shooting over 40% from 3-9, 10-15, 16-23 and on corner 3s. And we've almost exclusively used him in a manner that encourages his worst tendencies. Lots of players would love to go ISO all the time, but good teams minimize that and use them in ways that better suit the team. Handing Jordan Crawford the ball and saying "make something happen" can work, but it shouldn't be his role.
IMO, we should try using him as an off guard more. We have a "luxury" of being 15-36 and having no bench scoring other than Seraphin who is so inefficient and predictable that he makes Crawford look like Harden by comparison. If we were a winning team, if Crawford was making 7 million next year, if we had another young cheap guy who could get buckets with the 2nd unit, I'd be more intrigued about searching out suitors.
As reality stands? It seems like making moves to make moves. Assuming we have Wall and Beal healthy, we have a full 12 months to make Crawford more comfortable in a different kind of role and increase his trade value. If you trade Craw at next years deadline, a team will have to actually pay him under a million dollars in order to have a bench scorer a year removed from a month long line of 19/6/5 on solid percentages. And considering THAT'S when we will most likely be looking to pick up a major piece via an Okafor/Ariza trade to an aspiring salary dumper, It just adds another layer to why keeping around a top 50 scorer for 1/30th of the cap makes infinitely more sense than adding Rip Hamilton.
Barea and the 10 million owed him over the next 2 years does nothing for me. An even higher percentage of his shots are 3s, and higher % of his 3s are above the break. He's viewed as a guy who can operate inside but his numbers inside the arc pale in comparison to Crawfords, he has been in the league 7 years and had a TS% higher than Crawfords current mark (with all that chucking) twice.
Derrick Williams.. I dunno. He doesn't shoot 3s better than Chris Singleton, he barely rebounds better, and he is a terrible defender where Singleton is extremely versatile. He's a high usage, low efficiency player like Seraphim, but at least Seraphin has one elite skill to build on - hook shots, but still, he's the best I. The NBA at them along with Okafor.
In a nutshell. That extra year of 5 million owed to Barea would be much much better spent elsewhere. Losing Ariza's expiring while trading 2 inefficient guys for somebody else's 2 inefficient guys and losing Ariza's lockdown defensive knowledge for Derrick Williams seems suspect. IMO e're giving up the two best players in that trade, and last springs Seraphin was better than Barea ever was, so maybe even the 3 best players in a 5 player deal.
Crawford is better than Monta Ellis at pretty much everything. Ellis makes 5x more and got traded for The ability to the a flier on Andrew Bogut's health. I guess some would view Williams as a similar high reward low risk proposition in this deal, but the only reason he's looked better with Rubio back than Sing has with Wall back is Williams takes so many more shots, and hey! PPG! I'd much rather acquire a proven deadeye shooter because that's what Wall needs. But I'd rather acquire him in the offseason or in 12 months. What is the rush?
Lord willing, they got Steez in the lab right now, turning him into the steeziest Kyle Korver type player ever.
Lets compare Jordan and Jamal..
Jamal: 29.5m, 16.9 pts on 13.7 shots, .422/.370, 1.7rbd, 2.7 AST, 4.0 FT
Jordan: 26.7m, 13.5pts on 12 shots, .417/.347, 3.2rbd, 3.7 AST, 2.5 FT
I'm taking JoCo Sizzlesteez and the upside all day baby!
1 year, 9 months ago on [ WE Game Recap ] - Wizards vs. Clippers: Wiz Snap 4-Game Slide
It's also worth mentioning tat the Wizards are a decent team when Kevin Seraphin isn't on the floor. And to think it felt like SUCH a steal that DC got him from Chicago. He was awesome last spring. Utterly terrible now!
1 year, 9 months ago on Missner's Manifesto: Rose vs Wall - Nature vs Nurture
Worth mentioning, the Wizards are 6th in defensive rating. They still really need a reliable wing scorer..but I like that they're trying to build from defense to offense instead of the other way around like most bad teams.
Good d or not, Wittman is hideous.
Fwiw, his good numbers came during a stretch with a usage rate on a Kobe level, and a fg% below 45% I believe.
2 years, 2 months ago on On Andray Blatche