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Checking In From Barcelona

The Wizards finished practice about an hour ago here in lovely Barcelona. Everyone participated including Antawn Jamison, Juan Dixon and Antonio Daniels. All three are expected to play tomorrow night against the Hornets after missing Tuesday's loss in Berlin.

Haven't had a chance to see much of Barcelona yet but plan on getting out and about a little later today. I'm planning on tagging along with some of the players if they are going to do some touring and I'll be putting up some video either way.

A lot of folks are commenting on DerMarr Johnson, who had a strong game the other night in Berlin. There is no question that DerMarr has helped himself but I still see him facing a real battle to make the 15-man roster. The issue, as many of you have discussed, is that he'd have to beat out either Dee Brown or Dixon. Brown fits a need because he's onne of only two point guards on this roster until Gilbert Arenas gets back.

Dixon fits because he's so familiar with Coach Eddie Jordan's system and because he could be a scorer off the bench in the Roger Mason Jr. mode. Now, Johnson would give this team something unique as well. He's a big guard at 6-foot-9, he's long defensively and he's a slasher.

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

By Ivan Carter  |  October 16, 2008; 6:51 AM ET
 
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For the amount of scrub minutes the last roster spot will offer, you gotta go with DeMarr over JD, who cares if JD "Knows the system?" On this defensivley challenged team, the 6"9 Johnson is a good insurance policy for when Caron goes down with his yearly injury. D-Mac is just not going to cut it.

Posted by: Wizzy | October 16, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Wizzy, I concur!

Posted by: khrabb | October 16, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

This is one of the times when EJ needs to show his true colors. He's asked the players for a commitment to defense. Are we going to go with a long armed, tall defensive minded player in Dermarr or the shoot first offensive player in Juan?
With Gil out, there will be nights when points are hard to come by. We can either overcome this by trying to lock down and keep the scores down or we can try to outshoot the opponents.
EJ's roster and lineup decisions go a long way towards determining the mindset of this team. It'll be interesting to see what he does. IMO, you almost always go with size. I've been talking about this 'long arms' thing for years. There's no substitute for long arms on defense. Quick feet are good but long arms make a huge difference. Dermarr over Juan in a landslide.

Posted by: mark | October 16, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Wizzy on everything but I get the feeling that though this is might be the last roster spot, it'll be very important. I see significant backup minutes at this position. We have Deshawn and Nick Young at the 2 right now. EJ seems to lean toward defense at times when he can and might actually give most of the backup minutes to Dermarr over NY. We'll see. Even if not, as Wizzy stated, Dermarr gives us flexibility at the 3 as well for the eventual CB injury.
Sidebar: That boob Hollinger's system rated McGuire as the worst offensive player in the league last year. THE WORST. I believe Michael Ruffin was still in the league last year so it took some doing to beat him out. Quoted from Hollinger...

"Though McGuire was by far the worst offensive player in the league last season, that didn't stop the Wizards from playing him in 70 games.He didn't crack double figures in any of the 70, and averaged just 5.2 points per 40 minutes for the season -- only Memphis's Jason Collins scored less often. His turnover ratio of 20.3 was by far the worst of any perimeter player, an amazing accomplishment for somebody who was asked to do so little at that end. It's not even like he piled them up with illegal screens -- he only had one offensive foul all year. He just lost the ball a lot....on shots outside three feet, he was 9-for-42 (21.4%). ...one has to imagine there are several better players trolling around in the D-League, and if McGuire's play doesn't improve perhaps the Wizards will realize that, too.


WOW !!

Dermarr, welcome to the team. McGuire and Juan, battle it out for the last spot.

Posted by: mark | October 16, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

The problem is that Dermarr Johnson has been playing well in the Preseason games (not just the last one)... and Juan has been sitting, in a suit on the bench.

Unless he plays in the last 3 games, and plays well, Juan may be gone.

Posted by: Rook | October 16, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

i dont care if juan dixon knows the system or not. dermarr johnson is a much better scorer and defender and has much more potential. dump juan

Posted by: matt | October 16, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the Wizards can break the rules and keep 16.

Posted by: Johnnie Futbol | October 16, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Personal life

Johnson was tasered and arrested outside a Denver nightclub on June 9, 2007. He was charged with interfering with police and resisting arrest.[5]
Johnson was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated on May 31,2008 after police saw his black SUV swerving, speeding 20 miles over the speed limit and following other cars closely. His speech was also slurred when pulled over, and he failed both a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test. He was released after June 1, after posting a $1,000 bail. [6]

Johnson raps under the moniker 'Boss Slim'.

Posted by: WikiPedia | October 16, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I pick D Johnson over J Dixon also but I won't be surprise if EJ pick Juan as you know defense is not the coach's (sic) priority.

Wiki - The Wizards are in for a rough season. They'll need to gamble if they want another shot at the playoffs.

Posted by: Dave, | October 16, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Sign DerMarr, wave bye-bye to Dixon. Dixon is a great kid, he's a competitor, but he just isn't good enough to compensate for his lack of size and true position.

Juan is strictly a jump-shooter, and a streaky shooter at best. DerMarr offers so much more in the way of size and positions, I think we'd be stupid to let him go and keep Juan.

But I know it already, we're gonna keep Juan. I can just feel it...

Posted by: Sam | October 16, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Ivan:
Juan Dixon is not a scorer off the bench in the mold of Roger Mason. Mason got his points in the flow of the offense. One of Juan's biggest problems in the NBA is that he breaks the offense to get his shots, either shooting his team into a game, or more often shooting them out of it. I love the guy, but facts are facts. While Juan might know the offense, he too often doesn't follow it.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Ivan I've been to Barcelona. It's a great city but watch out for crime....lots of theft in Barcelona.

When doing touring/sightseeing, go check out La Rambla and Sagrada Familia!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Oh and make sure to get a couple of pitchers of sangria!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

When doing touring/sightseeing, go check out La Rambla and Sagrada Familia! Oh and make sure to get a couple of pitchers of sangria!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 10:59 AM

SO corny... this is why everyone hates the Ugly American. "oh and make sure to get a couple pitchers of sangria!" lmao what a loser

Posted by: prescrunk | October 16, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"I pick D Johnson over J Dixon also but I won't be surprise if EJ pick Juan as you know defense is not the coach's (sic) priority."

Grunfeld will be the one who decides who stays and who goes, not Jordan.

Posted by: kalorama | October 16, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

obviously hollinger didn't see dom at summer league...kid made huge strides. eff espn

Posted by: rfzonadc | October 16, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Keep DerMarr, dump Pecherov.

Posted by: Web | October 16, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

As much as I'd like to see Juan Dixon on the roster, Demarr Johnson gives us depth at both the 2 and 3 position plus size. Juan scores his points by freelancing and is a very streaky shorter who is a liability on the defensive end. We already have NY who is a streaky scorer and weak defensive player.

I'd rather the Wiz keep Johnson on the roster as its inevitable that CB3 will miss some time this year and we'll need a 3 that can provide scoring. That's a role that Johnson could fill as well as being another option at the 2. Chances are he's also a better defensive player than NY.

Dixon hasn't played in preseason and Johnson has stepped up & played well. Tough call for Wiz mgmt., but I think Johnson will provide more help over the course of the season.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 16, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Keep DJ and Juan and send Pecherov to the D-League. He will get hurt in a few weeks anyway

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Keep DJ and Juan and send Pecherov to the D-League. He will get hurt in a few weeks anyway

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 12:56 PM

Whether or not a player is sent to D League, his slot on the roster remains.

If you mean waive Pecherov, his guaranteed salary would still count against the salary cap and lux tax.

Posted by: Anon 2 | October 16, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

SO corny... this is why everyone hates the Ugly American. "oh and make sure to get a couple pitchers of sangria!" lmao what a loser

Posted by: prescrunk | October 16, 2008 12:12 PM

What do you mean by loser, I'm puzzled? Everyone drinks wine and/or sangria in Spain. It's not like you intend to get drunk, you just take it with with your meal. Now if you mean athletes should refrain from any form of alcohol, I would agree with you but Ivan's a journalist.
Or do you mean he should not check out the tourist sites???

Posted by: Puzzled | October 16, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Ivan,
Check out the Guidi Park in Barcelona, It's awesome. Maybe Guidi (spelling?) was a pothead because that place is titally weird, but cool.

Posted by: Surfer | October 16, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The Ramble and Sagrada Familia are must see's in Barcelona. Have fun Ivan.

Posted by: Surfer | October 16, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Kal, interesting that you think that the GM would make the final decision. I hope that's not the case. I'd think that the GM assembles a bunch of players and the coach coaches 'em up and picks the guys to fit his system.
Seems to me that EJ would have a better handle on who should get that roster spot based on what he's planning on doing re: rotations, strategies, etc.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

that was me, Kal. not anonymous.

Posted by: mark | October 16, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It's not what I "think." It's a basic fact. The GM makes personnel and contract decisions, not the coach.

Posted by: kalorama | October 16, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Kal, interesting that you think that the GM would make the final decision

Posted by: mark | October 16, 2008 2:10 PM


lol if EG's not even making final decisions then we really gotta can this guy

Posted by: prescrunk | October 16, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Dave know what "sic" means.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

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