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Posted at 7:56 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Wizards should trade Andray Blatche

By Kevin Broom

Reports that the Wizards are gauging the trade value for power forward Andray Blatche are both welcome and encouraging. While Blatche posted some superficially gaudy numbers after last season’s purge, and the Wizards were able to sign him to a relative bargain extension, it’s time for the team to recognize the truth about him and move in a different direction.

He’s tall and coordinated and seems to have all the skills an NBA team could want from a power forward. His jumper looks good, he dribbles well, he makes nifty passes, and he has an array of low post moves. He’s capable of being an excellent defender. But the team should trade him as soon as they can put together a deal that will bring a) a good young player, b) good draft choices, c) increased cap flexibility, or d) some combination of all three.

Why? First, let’s look on the court. Despite the skills, he’s not productive. Yes, his scoring and rebounding averages looked nice last season. But look deeper and you find awful efficiency — efficiency that has remained bad and virtually unchanged throughout his career.

Now in his sixth season, he has yet to learn that a shot isn’t good just because he’s decided to shoot. He still hasn’t figured out how to use his skills to get good shots.  His moves are parlor tricks — stuff he does to show he can do it, not actions designed to help his team win games. A player so inefficient cannot be the first option on a winning team.

The second reason to trade him is personality. NBA stars come in an array of personalities. There are psycho competitors like Jordan, Garnett, Kobe and Bird.  Cerebral bigs like David Robinson, Duncan and Kareem. Ebullient, enthusiastic types like Magic and Barkley. Sensitive “why am I so unappreciated types” like Shaq and Amare. Chill, laid back types like McGrady, Gervin and Dantley.

What doesn’t exist is the star whose persona is petulant, insolent and lazy. For example, Wizards fans know that Blatche hurt his foot in the offseason and that his conditioning suffered. But Blatche broke his foot in June. He’s had six months to get himself in shape to play, and it’s a damning indictment that he still hasn’t done it.

The third and final reason is all the off-the-court stuff. Let’s be real — it’s pro sports, which means that if a guy produces like LeBron James and gets caught speeding or soliciting a prostitute, the team sorta heaves a sigh and gets the guy a counselor and a bodyguard. But Blatche’s production isn’t worth the headaches over scuffles with a teammate outside a nightclub. It’s not worth worrying about him spending time clubbing and partying instead of getting rest and getting in shape. It’s not worth thinking about how his foot seems fine to go dancing, but not to put in time running extra sprints.

I am not saying the Wizards should dump him. They don’t need another Mitch Richmond deal. And, Blatche is 6-11 with skills — a valuable commodity in the NBA. But let someone search for that hidden gold. Let someone else figure out how to get through to him and translate the talent into winning basketball. It’s time for the Wizards to move on.

By Kevin Broom  | January 5, 2011; 7:56 AM ET
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Please trade Blache. He has some really good natural talent, but he's a knuckle head. Maybe he can develop somewhere else. The Wizards don't need any head cases, though. They are struggling (again) not to be the worst team in the NBA. Leonsis will get it right. I don't know why I'm even writing this, except I wanted to say it's time to give up on Blache, and maybe get a good prospect in return.

Posted by: B_Al_Zebub | January 5, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Kevin Broom, how did you get this gig? You are an ass.

Posted by: MaxMcGee | January 5, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Tell us something we haven't been saying for at least a year now.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 5, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Max, why is he an ass? Most of us feel the same way, this guy is a lazy, gifted 6'11 guy, that is overpaid and plays terrible D. We are re-building, so why not get rid of a cancer now, like we did with Gil, and get players that want to play D and work hard during the offseason to be better?

Posted by: cm88 | January 5, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

WIZKEV YOU DA MAN!

Posted by: AnonJohn | January 5, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

trade blatche and thornton for Ron Artest. Lakers can start Barnes or odom and have depth coming off the bench with Blatche and Thornton

Posted by: mrhney03 | January 5, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Go Blatche!! You guys are clueless!!!! Blatche is the leading scorer on the team. If they ran more of the offense through him like they did after the trade last year, his numbers would be even better. Why trade a heavily skilled, young and finacially feasible player for a gamble. The fact that he hasn't pulled a Rod Strickland or Chris Webber is a plus. The DC area is tough on ANY athelete. Trade him and watch him BLOW UP elsewhere. Do any of you guys that comment play or have ever played sports? I know for a fact most of these loser writers NEVER have...

Posted by: DCNative75 | January 5, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Scratching my head at these comments.

Blatche recently turned 24, that is pretty amazing given that he's been in the league 6 years.

I love how DC sports fans continuously say our teams need to "build through the draft." That's not what most fans really want though. They want us to trade/throw out/cut/fire/get rid of the players that we draft if they aren't league MVP by their second season. Most fans in this town have no patience whatsoever for developing players.

Blatche has already vastly improved every year he has been in the league, yet people on here (who likely don't even follow the Wizards all that closely) say he "sucks". Riiiight, Andray blatche sucks. Never mind his improvement from year to year right?

2005: 2 ppg 1.2 rebounds
2006: 3.7 ppg 3.4 rebounds
2007: 7.5 ppg 5.2 rebounds
2008: 10 ppg 5.3 rebounds
2009: 14 ppg 6.3 rebounds
2010: 17 ppg 7.7 rebounds

He's also now getting 1.4 steals per game, that is good for third in the NBA at the power forward position. And his free throw shooting has gone from 61% early in his career to about 80% now.

If I'm Ernie Grunfeld, I hold on to McGee and Blatche and watch them continue to grow and improve.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

This is a good presentation of the arguments for trading Blatche. Just one question though. If you can identify these issues with him, don't you think GM's of teams also can do this and therefore, how are the Wizards going to get a good player/pick in return?

Posted by: authorofpoetry | January 5, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"If you can identify these issues with him, don't you think GM's of teams also can do this and therefore, how are the Wizards going to get a good player/pick in return?"

There are some really bad NBA GMs out there. Blatche will NEVER be a starter on a winning basketball team. He has no idea how to win, and doesn't have the desire to learn how to. Dump him.

Good post Kevin.

Posted by: dominic10464 | January 5, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm a long time Bullets fan; Broom you hit the nail on the head. Blatch has a lot of potential, but he seems to be very imature, makes poor decisions, and lazy.

Posted by: bris2 | January 5, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Respectfully disagree Barno. When the Wiz run the offense through Blatche he gets nice numbers every time. And we lose by double digits. His game benefits him and no one else.

Posted by: mack1 | January 5, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I'll tell you why you trade him. The guy does not play defense, regardless of what some may say. He takes bad shots that end of costing them games, that's why you trade this guy. He's in his six year still making the same mistakes he made when he came into the league. Yes he shows promise at times, but he has been showing promise for six years, at some point you have to become consistant. Maybe somewhere else with a team that can afford to wait on him, he will become the player we all have been waiting on. The wizards is not that team. If there is a deal to be made, the wizards need to make it.

Posted by: aviator3 | January 5, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the comments.

Barno: Those are per game numbers. If you look at Blatche's per minute and rate statistics, he hasn't improved. For example -- offensive rating (points produced per 100 possessions).

League average during his career has been around 107. Blatche's ortg year by year: 93, 97, 103, 101, 101, 93. When he was producing those stats last season, his ortg was 101.

Blatche's usage rate has been above 25% this season and last. You're not going to win with a primary offensive weapon that inefficient.

How about rebound percentage (percentage of rebounds he grabbed of the available misses): 12.6, 16.1, 14.9, 13.0, 13.0, 13.2.

eFG (shooting percentage from the floor, while accounting for 3pt attempts): .410, .447, .477, .475, .485, .423.

Understand, I'm not saying that Blatche sucks. What I'm saying is that he's not as good as many think he is, that the odds of him "getting it" and becoming a productive player are not good, and that what he's doing (and likely to do in the future) is not worth the trouble.

Posted by: TheSecretWeapon | January 5, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

If anyone needs to be traded it needs to be Flip for his inability to "coach him up". Blatche needs a Big John Thompson style coach.

Posted by: Stevie-J | January 5, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

He is worth a good player or a low pick. Do you keep him for what he can be, or get rid of him for what he is. The more you analyze him the more you see an all star player in a wino attitude. I could see him with a brown paper bag wrapped around a bottle of MAD DOG 20/20 sitting on an upturned 5 gallon bucket outside of 7/11. His motivation is about that high. Or maybe yet, laying on the side of the road being looked over by a prostitute after being shot in the stomach by a carjacker thug. No wonder Arenas crapped in his shoe.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | January 5, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Jason Thompson SAC Kings. Go get him.

Posted by: jaguar2490 | January 5, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Scratching my head at these comments.

Blatche recently turned 24, that is pretty amazing given that he's been in the league 6 years.

I love how DC sports fans continuously say our teams need to "build through the draft." That's not what most fans really want though. They want us to trade/throw out/cut/fire/get rid of the players that we draft if they aren't league MVP by their second season. Most fans in this town have no patience whatsoever for developing players.

Blatche has already vastly improved every year he has been in the league, yet people on here (who likely don't even follow the Wizards all that closely) say he "sucks". Riiiight, Andray blatche sucks. Never mind his improvement from year to year right?

2005: 2 ppg 1.2 rebounds
2006: 3.7 ppg 3.4 rebounds
2007: 7.5 ppg 5.2 rebounds
2008: 10 ppg 5.3 rebounds
2009: 14 ppg 6.3 rebounds
2010: 17 ppg 7.7 rebounds

He's also now getting 1.4 steals per game, that is good for third in the NBA at the power forward position. And his free throw shooting has gone from 61% early in his career to about 80% now.

If I'm Ernie Grunfeld, I hold on to McGee and Blatche and watch them continue to grow and improve.


Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 11:42 AM
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Thank You!!! I mean the guy who wrote this article doenst have a clue!! U can teach a player how to behave! Blatche has potential to be one of the best big men in the league with his skill set!

Posted by: MDWILLWIN | January 5, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Scratching my head at these comments.

Blatche recently turned 24, that is pretty amazing given that he's been in the league 6 years.

I love how DC sports fans continuously say our teams need to "build through the draft." That's not what most fans really want though. They want us to trade/throw out/cut/fire/get rid of the players that we draft if they aren't league MVP by their second season. Most fans in this town have no patience whatsoever for developing players.

Blatche has already vastly improved every year he has been in the league, yet people on here (who likely don't even follow the Wizards all that closely) say he "sucks". Riiiight, Andray blatche sucks. Never mind his improvement from year to year right?

2005: 2 ppg 1.2 rebounds
2006: 3.7 ppg 3.4 rebounds
2007: 7.5 ppg 5.2 rebounds
2008: 10 ppg 5.3 rebounds
2009: 14 ppg 6.3 rebounds
2010: 17 ppg 7.7 rebounds

He's also now getting 1.4 steals per game, that is good for third in the NBA at the power forward position. And his free throw shooting has gone from 61% early in his career to about 80% now.

If I'm Ernie Grunfeld, I hold on to McGee and Blatche and watch them continue to grow and improve.


Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 11:42 AM
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Thank You!!! I mean the guy who wrote this article doenst have a clue!! U can teach a player how to behave! Blatche has potential to be one of the best big men in the league with his skill set!

Posted by: MDWILLWIN | January 5, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I think ever wizard player short of John Wall has been part of this kind of conversation.

1bmffwb

Why are people so envious of NBA and NFL athletes? Sure I can see you under a bridge before him. He has the millions, you have a computer and internet access. You may end up the crackhead bum before he does. But you can always hope for him to screw up so you can feel better about your own miserable life.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 5, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Scratching my head at these comments.

Blatche recently turned 24, that is pretty amazing given that he's been in the league 6 years.

I love how DC sports fans continuously say our teams need to "build through the draft." That's not what most fans really want though. They want us to trade/throw out/cut/fire/get rid of the players that we draft if they aren't league MVP by their second season. Most fans in this town have no patience whatsoever for developing players.

Blatche has already vastly improved every year he has been in the league, yet people on here (who likely don't even follow the Wizards all that closely) say he "sucks". Riiiight, Andray blatche sucks. Never mind his improvement from year to year right?

2005: 2 ppg 1.2 rebounds
2006: 3.7 ppg 3.4 rebounds
2007: 7.5 ppg 5.2 rebounds
2008: 10 ppg 5.3 rebounds
2009: 14 ppg 6.3 rebounds
2010: 17 ppg 7.7 rebounds

He's also now getting 1.4 steals per game, that is good for third in the NBA at the power forward position. And his free throw shooting has gone from 61% early in his career to about 80% now.

If I'm Ernie Grunfeld, I hold on to McGee and Blatche and watch them continue to grow and improve.


Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 11:42 AM
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Thank You!!! I mean the guy who wrote this article doenst have a clue!! U can teach a player how to behave! Blatche has potential to be one of the best big men in the league with his skill set!

Posted by: MDWILLWIN | January 5, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Barno1 and MDWILLWIN

These are the same fans calling for the trade that once he goes to another team and contributes they will be calling for Ernie's job for making another bonehead trade. Just a bunch of losers seeking attention. That includes the writer of this story.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 5, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

1bmffwb

Since you like the stereotypes know that he can bang your sister better than you can.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 5, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

DCnative75 - Read the articles, Do you not think Blatche get enough opportunities to shoot? Do you not see him leaving the paint wide open. Do you not see him, not jumping? Do you not see him quitting on plays when he gets slapped, fouled, or hurt? Do you not see him taking terrible shots? Do you not see him flat footed watching others rebound, go for tip ins, and blocked shots? Do you not see him fat and out of shape? Do you not hear him crying about having a bear on his back, and whining over his situation? I say you have never actually COMPETED in sports whether or not you have ever played them. A competitor competes, a loser whines.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | January 5, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

ged0386-stereotypes are created for a reason. In this example it's the many winos who were seen acting in this manner. And although I dont have a sister, it is interesting to notice that you are thinking about banging a sister. Does your mama know about your incestuous tendencies? Maybe that example hit too close to home, sorry about that!! The fact remains that Blatche may be one of those millionaires broke and on the street four years after their careers are over.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | January 5, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Talent wise Blatche is still loaded with potential. A power forward with a nice shot from 17 feet and in and abilty to to score in the paint as well as being a decent rebounder. His problem is he simply does not see that his actions off the court also determines his worth. He apparently has an appetite for the night life and is more likely to party in Georgetown then spend the extra time on the court making himself the allstar he could be. Quit shooting the unnecessary J with defenders draped over him and maybe stop trying to dribble drive into the lane as if he is an allstar point guard and learn how to play pure Power forward basketball and he is a keeper! If the coaches and Ernie feel they can't reach him let someone else do it and hopefully reap the rewards of a draft choice or two or maybe a young player with a bright future. Can anyone say Ebanks or Character of the lakers who are in need of a big guy? Think maybe Jackson is the guy to get the most out of a player such as Andre? There are other scenerios out there that will work for both party's if the time has come to say goodbye. What do you think Andre?

Posted by: buddybuttons5 | January 5, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

ged0386- I missed your previous comment. I have been writing for months about how Blatche is the key to this team, and how he plays determines how the Wizards play. I give him credit for being a great talent. Four games this year he has been dominant. The rest of the games he has been crap. I have a feeling you are a black person, and you HATE on those that criticize any black person for anything. Guess what, if he was playing like he did those four games every game I would be congratulating him. But he is not, so he gets what he deserves. His prostitute chasing, barroom hopping, and carjacking episodes brought on my comment. Now stop blaming white people for your problems and take an honest look at the situation. It is my miserable life, as you put it, that pay the salaries of athletes, just as all fans do. We want to see a good product for out investment. Athletes like Blatche, Haynesworth, Jeff George, Art Schleister, Bosworth, John Hot Plate Williams, Stickland and others ruin it for everyone. Athletes are highly rewarded, not just in money, but adulation and special perks, including your sister, we are just asking them to do their best.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | January 5, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I dont think anyone who watches the Wizards thinks that Blatche is untalented. Just the opposite. He is a player that can do great, he just does not put in the effort. If he is hurt and can not jump, then let the white coach "Flip" admit he is using Blatche wrong. Did you get that ged0386 - If it is Blatche that is lazy and not putting in the effort, then let the black "Blatche" take the blame. Now all the haters can hate equally, and it is not a race issue. I would like a trade for Cousins as I have written about for months who by the way is black, or Brand, or anyone else who gives some offense along with a defensive presence. Blatche can do it, and he can turn it around, but will he, I am sure he has been hearing these types of comments for a while.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | January 5, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The question is?
Who is more stupid between Javelle McGee and Andray Blatche?

My vote is for McGee but it's a close call.

Posted by: frediemac1 | January 5, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Blatche needs to go...Ofcourse his scoring average has improved, because theres no more Arenas, Jamison, Haywood, and Butler...Just because the guy's scoring average increased means absolutely nothing for this team

Where are the stats for his forced shots, stupid passes, stopping the flow of the offense by trying to go one on one everytime with the same old tired dribble right go behind the back pull up jump shot move??? His stupidity has cost the Wiz plenty of games...Watch when makes a stupid pass or misses a shot, he will drop his head and walk while the opposing team runs down court for an easy two...The guy clearly needs to go, a change of scenery may do him some good

But at the same time, I wouldn't just trade him just to get rid of him...The Wiz have to get something valuable in return

Posted by: babycas2000 | January 5, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I have being saying "Trade Him" He's not worth the problems down the road. But don't trade for an Artist as somebody suggested. Stock up on any drafts picks you can muster and move on.

Posted by: rayjay1 | January 5, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

His moves are parlor tricks — stuff he does to show he can do it, not actions designed to help his team win games.

Boom, bada bing!

Posted by: richs91 | January 5, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

His moves are parlor tricks — stuff he does to show he can do it, not actions designed to help his team win games.

Boom, bada bing!

Posted by: richs91 | January 5, 2011 6:23 PM


Nothing but the truth lol

Posted by: babycas2000 | January 5, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Wizards have been trading their young talent for years and years and years and where has it got them? Leonsis is smart. Grunfeld is smart. We will stick with the young nucleus we have of Wall + this year's draft + Nick Young + Javale McGee + Andray Blatche + Yi + Howard + next year's lottery pick. Stick with this young nucleus, keep drafting bigs, and this team will get better and better.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Blatche is a cancer and holdover from a past regime. I can see the change in Nick Youngs game this year after Gilbert left town and I hope we could see the same change in McGees game once Blatche is gone. I really hate the Lewis deal as well as he reminds me of a older version of Blatche. He shoots the Wiz out of games well. We could have had Lope from NJ earlier this year. We need a Kevin Love type of player.

Posted by: specialg7master | January 5, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"His moves are parlor tricks — stuff he does to show he can do it, not actions designed to help his team win games"
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Hmmm, I seem to remember Hakeem Olajuwon having beautiful "parlor tricks".

The 'Dream Shake' didn't "help" the Rockets win games, but it sure was beautiful to watch, just like some of Blatche's moves.

So, in a league with a crying need for big men who use "parlor tricks" instead of jumpers, this is supposed to be further proof of the need to trade Blatche? Please.

C'mon.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | January 5, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

All the geniuses call for a trade any time someone is playing poorly. If you could trade away everyone the Wiz would be the Celtics. Please try to keep it real.

Posted by: bobilly1 | January 5, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

@Barno1

-Couldn't agree more, those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

How many times do the Bullets/Wizards have to "give up" on a young player only to be shown they shouldn't have done it, only to be shown that whether they like it or not, whether some fans like it or not, it takes time for these guys to develop.

I don't know who these mythical player is that Washington sports fans remember for a perfect personality or life.

Who was it?
Dexter Manley-cocaine
Barry Wilburn-cocaine
John Williams-food
Mel Turpin-food
Javaris Crittenden-gun lunatic
Gilbert Arenas-immature space cadet
Sean Taylor-petulance
Deion Sanders-self-absorption
Chris Webber-weed
Andray Blatche-skirts
Rasheed Wallace-immature hothead

I put Rasheed last to make this point- Rasheed's combustible personality stayed the same way after the Bullets/Wizards traded him, but he won a championship and was a vital player during Detroit's recent success.

Trading Blatche only means switching the names not the human imperfection.
~~~~~~

Mugsy Bogues
Chris Webber
Rasheed Wallace
Ben Wallace
Richard Hamilton

What do they all have in common? The Wizards got rid of all of them way too soon.

Whether some fans like it or not, they are going to have to hold their noses and watch a player grow & develop physically,mentally and socially on a Washington sports team.

Warts and all.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | January 5, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Blatche and the words "being in shape" should never be mentioned in the same paragraph. He is a lazy, out of shape millenial that is worthless......

Posted by: nowhine | January 5, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Wizards have been trading their young talent for years and years and years and where has it got them? Leonsis is smart. Grunfeld is smart. We will stick with the young nucleus we have of Wall + this year's draft + Nick Young + Javale McGee + Andray Blatche + Yi + Howard + next year's lottery pick. Stick with this young nucleus, keep drafting bigs, and this team will get better and better.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 5, 2011 6:45 PM
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Barno1: I'd love for you to be correct, but I think it's wishful thinking to include Young, Blatche, Yi and Howard on a "nucleus" list. Yi is awful. Young can score, but doesn't do much else -- and his efficiency has dropped since he became a starter. Howard won't be around, and you can already see what I think the Wiz should do with Blatche.

If the Wiz are lucky, they'll end the season with Wall and McGee as building blocks. To them they'll add next year's pick, and whatever they can buy with their cap room.

I could envision Blatche as a building block if he'd a) change his personality, b) get in shape, c) change the way he plays. I don't see those things happening, though.

Posted by: KevinBroom | January 5, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

"His moves are parlor tricks — stuff he does to show he can do it, not actions designed to help his team win games"
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Hmmm, I seem to remember Hakeem Olajuwon having beautiful "parlor tricks".

The 'Dream Shake' didn't "help" the Rockets win games, but it sure was beautiful to watch, just like some of Blatche's moves.

So, in a league with a crying need for big men who use "parlor tricks" instead of jumpers, this is supposed to be further proof of the need to trade Blatche? Please.

C'mon.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | January 5, 2011 6:58 PM
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Hakeem? Seriously?

C'mon. Hakeem was making moves in the post to get good shots. He wasn't starting on the low block, crossing people over 4-5 times so that he could then step back and jack up an off-balance 20-foot fadeway.

Hakeem's offensive efficiency varied from about average to well above average -- Blatche's efficiency has been uniformly well below average. The only time Hakeem's offensive rating was as bad as Blatche's was when Hakeem was in his dotage -- ages 37 and 39.

Plus, Hakeem was a GREAT defender and outstanding rebounder. He was always in great shape, and he consistently gave a full and complete effort.

Posted by: KevinBroom | January 5, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

And Armchair -- I don't expect players to be perfect. As I wrote above, "Let’s be real — it’s pro sports, which means that if a guy produces like LeBron James and gets caught speeding or soliciting a prostitute, the team sorta heaves a sigh and gets the guy a counselor and a bodyguard." We're all flawed, and anyone with sense understands that.

But, in any business, there comes a time to say it's just not going to work with a particular person. I think it's that time with Blatche and the Wizards.

Posted by: KevinBroom | January 5, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I personally think that both Flip Saunders and Andray Blatche need to go. Mr. Saunders makes poor substitutions and Mr. Blatche has hands of stone. I wouldn't be surprised if "misses" shots and turns the ball over on purpose when games are on the line. There is no excuse for the Wizards' record. I say let Randy Wittman finish out the season. He did a much better job coaching last week and made good use of the bench.

Posted by: tqmt | January 6, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I agree with @tqmt trade Blatche and get of Flip. I like Flip, but he is not the type of coach for a young rebuilding team. If we keep him we will go 0-41 on the road this season. Blatche is annoying because he is big, athletic, but lazy. He is letting this slump get to him. Anyone that has really followed the wizards this year knows that Blatche's stats are meaningless because of his fourth quarter collapses and lack of impact. I want a power forward that can post up on the low block consistently.

Posted by: dcu99 | January 6, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

dcu99 -- Have you read this? http://voices.washingtonpost.com/box-seats/2010/12/in_defense_of_flip_saunders_1.html

What type of coach do you think would be a better fit for the Wizards?

Posted by: KevinBroom | January 6, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

If a player doesn't have the skill, flip is not going to teach it. The only players that can set a pick are the ones that knew how to set a pick before they came to washington....but flips a teacher of the game....yeah right.

He teaches dray by playing him enormous minutes even though his play is hurting the team?

AB is a sad excuse for a pro, and Flip can't motivate the kids, both need to go

Posted by: dcbutler357 | January 6, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Problem is, he has very little trade value right now. If the Wizards could go back in time and trade him this summer when his value was high, it would make sense. But now, I'm afraid they wouldn't get much more than an expiring contract for him. If that's all he's worth, I'd rather hang onto him for a while and see if he can improve his play for long enough to up his trade value.

I do agree with the basic premise that Blatche should be traded. The Wizards aren't going to win with this guy.

The one thing I can't figure out is why Flip continues to play him so much. He routinely gets 38-40 minutes a game. He plays more minutes than all but a handful of big men in the league. Flip doesn't seem to see or care about his horrible shot selection and lazy defense.

Posted by: nate33 | January 6, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

nate: My theory on the playing time is that a) the team doesn't think they have a viable options at PF other than Blatche, b) they think they need his scoring, and c) they may be trying to play him into shape.

Another possibility is the reality that much of NBA player evaluation comes down to points per game.

There is some truth to (A) above. I wouldn't mind seeing more of Booker, but it's not like he's playing great in the time he's getting. If (B) is what they're thinking, they're just wrong. Yeah, the offense would suck with less Blatche, but it already sucks in large part because he's soooo inefficient. If it's (C), then it says something terrible about Blatche's work ethic.

Posted by: KevinBroom | January 7, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

K. Broom,

Thanks for telling it like it is!!!
Who can't see the truth...Huh?

Posted by: bazteal | January 7, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

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