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Poll: Biggest Impact?

Nick Young had an impressive preseason debut last night against the Spurs. With Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood sidelined, the Wizards will depend on their young players more than ever early this season.

By Alexa Steele  |  October 23, 2008; 9:40 AM ET
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Good game from the Wiz, particularly NY. Major concern on the center position. Etan is too short to defend a 5 and very limited in offense. I guess they just have to hang on until Brendan gets back.

Posted by: Dave381 | October 23, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Among the 13 healthy players, looks likes O-Pec is firmly the 13th! The quick development of McGee may mean O-Pec don't even get activated for most of the games.

Too bad that he was injured most of his first season, now he may not even see enough play time to develop as a player in NBA!

Posted by: sagaliba | October 23, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

So, will our end of year line up be:

Posted by: C-way | October 23, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. How did Dee Brown make the list?

Posted by: CBell29 | October 23, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"Wait a minute. How did Dee Brown make the list?"

On the list are rookies or 2nd yr players (in terms of NBA experience, regardless of which year you are drafted). This is Dee Brown's 2nd yr in NBA.

Posted by: sagaliba | October 23, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

This is probably the smartest thing Gilby has ever said:


"However, some players still refuse to get excited about the election. "People get sour-faced when you talk about politics and voting," said Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, adding that he doesn't plan to vote.

Arenas, who is slated to earn $14.5 million this season after signing a six-year, $111 million contract this past summer to remain with the Wizards, said he is fearful that both candidates will raise his taxes.

"The first Bush said he wasn't going to tax nobody," Arenas said. "It doesn't really matter who the president is. They say whatever they need to say to get in office." "


In any regard, I'm surprised political commentary and association is even allowed in the NBA. Most companies disapprove of this.

Keep your politics to yourself Etan, and stick to figuring out how to help Les BouleS.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 23, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

It won't be as long as it's been. OP is team option next year so he can be gone.
Also, next year "the poet" will probably exercise his player option for another year of high paid welfare, but then he can be gone.
2010-11 may be a good season with the 2009 and 2010 lottery picks.

Posted by: lrmc623 | October 23, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

If its anyone other than Blatche - that isn't a good thing. He better jump up to at least Al Harrington's level of the past couple years.

I think everyone is drinking too much of the McGee Kool-aid. If the kid can give 8-12 solid minutes a game that will huge - anything more its way to early to bank on.

Posted by: Henchlow | October 23, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Keep your politics to yourself Etan, and stick to figuring out how to help Les BouleS.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 23, 2008 12:40 PM

His poetry is weak too lol

Posted by: prescrunk | October 23, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the new Wash Post registration scheme did not allow me to specify a userid. It took the name before the (AT) as the userid.
My previous very old registration with a specific userid still works though.

Posted by: rickgonz | October 23, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

McGee wins this at the finish line over Nick Young, but only by a nose. The only thing that is going to stop McGee is EJ not giving him any minutes because he is a rookie.

I say live with the mistakes and use him selectively. He really needs to work on is his rebounding, but that is the only major flaw I saw. Everything else he does is the sky the limit.

As for NY, if his jumper is not working his game gets in trouble. He sulks a bit to much for me, but he is a player who wears his emotions on his sleeves. I love his game though.

I hate it that I am not mentioning my boy AB, but something is not just right with him right now and I just can not put my finger on it.

Posted by: BulletsFever | October 23, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

What's stopping JaTravel is his penchant for dribbling and driving and taking multiple steps in the process.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 23, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Fever, I totally agree - something is up with Blatche and I can't figure it out. Maybe coach is getting on him?

Posted by: NedScharpf | October 23, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Somebody should be getting on Blatche. It's pretty clear that he's not exactly a self starter.

McGee clearly has a learning curve ahead of him, but he's definitely shown some encouraging signs. There's no doubt that right now Blatche is more skilled, but McGee appears to be more active and lively, which could end up being a bigger asset. Blatche needs to get his head together, or else he could end up being another player who lets a ton of talent go untapped and unused.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 23, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

AB, like a lot of guys on this team, is like trying to put a square peg into a round hole.

This quasi/hybrid/wannabe Princeton Offense some of the time, one on one most other times, etc. just doesn't seem to work for the team and its components.

Also, AJ is supposedly the leader on this team, but he's a leader who needs BTH to tell him where to be on defense (as he said) and is a 4, but likes to roam around the outside and take shots, doesn't play much D, and likes to get on AB's case.

Whatever AJ.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 23, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Whoo hoo. No more anonymous.

Posted by: original_mark | October 23, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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