Pecherov Waiting His Turn

Yesterday, Coach Eddie Jordan indicated that he may activate second-year forward Oleksiy Pecherov for tomorrow night's game at Milwaukee. I wrote about Pech in today's paper.

The interesting thing about Pecherov is that the Wizards drafted him in 2006 but still really don't have a good idea of what he can be. Remember, he didn't start playing organized ball back in Ukraine until he was 15 and he spent what would have been his rookie year overseas working on his game.

Last season, as a rookie, he was set back by a bad foot injury that kept him out until January and then never really got going. Then, this summer, Pecherov injured an ankle and was forced to miss some valuable developmental time during the Las Vegas Summer League. He did play decent ball during the preseason and his three-point shooting (he was 8 of 17 from long range in seven preseason games) is something the Wizards could use in spots.

Pecherov gives Jordan one more option to consider as he juggles his players looking for the right combinations.

By Ivan Carter |  November 4, 2008; 9:42 AM ET
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Ivan. That "no comment" about AB for Eddie worries me big time. This sounds like the Haywood saga happening again but with a new person as lead actor.

Now I know there are two sides to every story, and AB's lack of maturity and good work ethic have been posted by you in many stories.

My question is can this relationship be fixed between AB and EJ? The reason why I was always so hard on EJ about how he treated Haywood in the past is because Haywood had very limited skills from the offset.

However he worked hard every year to improve himself. He was a gym rat and he took care of his body, never got in trouble, was always at all of the Wizards outreach functions, and was and is a student of the game (broadcasting Mystic games).

To me, that is what you want in a NBA ball player; so what may Eddie set his "sights" on him to treat him like that I will never know. Now I say all that to talk about AB. According to reports, AB is the total opposite of all of the positives I mentioned about Haywood.

So, if EJ could get ticked with someone like Haywood; just image what he is going to do with someone like AB. My only advice to Eddie is every high schooler is not going to be as mature as LaBron James, Moses Malone, Stadamire, or KG to name a few.

AB would be a senior in college right now and the knock on him coming out that draft year was questionable work habits and lack of maturity. Sometimes folks like that need a different type of "management style" to be impressed upon them to be successful.

The hardball approach is not going to help this young guy, encourgement will. (If EJ deactivates him for the Bucks game, he might in up losing the young fella mentally for the rest of the year.)

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 4, 2008 10:10 AM

As for Opec. His minutes should come at the expense of Etan and not McGee. If EJ plays Song. at the "5" his minutes should go to Opec as well.

Songalia should get his minutes, but as a 4 only. If you are not going to play Dee Brown, put him down as inactive.

If you are going to use Dee Brown, you will have to put DMac inactive (as much as I would hate for that to happen).

Lastly, that backcourt needs to be looked at. AD is moving like a turtle now. Did he have offseason knee work. I thought he only have surgery on his wrist and not his legs???????

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 4, 2008 10:16 AM

As for Opec. His minutes should come at the expense of Etan and not McGee. If EJ plays Song. at the "5" his minutes should go to Opec as well.

Songalia should get his minutes, but as a 4 only. If you are not going to play Dee Brown, put him down as inactive.

If you are going to use Dee Brown, you will have to put DMac inactive (as much as I would hate for that to happen).

Lastly, that backcourt needs to be looked at. AD is moving like a turtle now. Did he have offseason knee work?? I thought he only had surgery on his wrist and not his legs???????

Posted by: BulletsFever | November 4, 2008 10:18 AM

I could not agree more about Eddie and Blatche. Eddie must have "Big Man" Envy because he never met a center he could not hate. If Blatche is the missing link (heard that enough) then it is time for Eddie to take a leaf from Coach Phil of the Lakers and get some results instead of worrying about HIS ego.

Posted by: h20law2000 | November 4, 2008 10:37 AM

"Big Man" Envy . . . !

h20law2000 +1

Posted by: Good2bOK | November 4, 2008 10:46 AM

Stewie is still a few years from being the athlete they need him to be on defense, even though he is (apparently) a hard worker. The shooting and rebounding really have to interest any Wiz fan, though. The main reason the Wiz lost the last couple of games has been shooting--terrible (mainly by Caron and Antawn). Put Opec out there and let him try it.

Problem is, where do you put him? He's kind of a lumberer who is athletic enough to keep up with no more than the opposing center. However, he can't protect the rim from the 5 like McGee. He can't play the 3--again, not athletic enough. Therefore, try him at the 4.

You would like to think that a guy with that kind of work ethic and skills could be a real asset--somehow.

Posted by: Good2bOK | November 4, 2008 10:51 AM

Opec is like Arvydas Sabonis without the girth and guile.

Posted by: Good2bOK | November 4, 2008 10:54 AM

That "Next question" retort from EJ was brutal. AB is clearly in the doghouse now and I would not be surprised if he was inactive for the Bucks game. He may well continue to drift away, I don't see him maturing here. Unfortunately, we are already short staffed and AB has been identified as the x-factor for any potential stability until the wounded heal.

This is Blatche's 4th NBA season and I don't believe he has been subjected to the same pressure and hostile environment which Kwame is reported to have experienced. I simply don't think the kid is a worker and he understands his pay in not performance based. Yes, I know it is with respect to future contracts but I doubt he thinks more than a week into the future.

Concerning Pech, I do believe he needs a little more opportunity. I still am not certain I know what his full potential is. He played so little last year, missed summer camp, and no minutes in games as yet. I know he likes the long ball but at times has seemed to rebound with some spirit as well, does seem slow defensively. Obviously the kid continues to work hard and it sounds like EJ may want to drive that home to AB with some role reversal.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | November 4, 2008 10:57 AM

Seen you on Redskins Postgame last night Ivan... good work.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | November 4, 2008 11:53 AM

I feel the same way about Blatche,The_Shadow_Knows. Contrary to what some with an agenda want to believe, Jordan hasn't taken an unnecessarily hard line with Andray. It's been clear from the beginning that the kid lacks discipline and drive and he's been trying to instill some of that by holding him accountable. It's also clear that the team's vet leaders agree with the coach, but Blatche just doesn't seem to get it. He's good at talking the talk, but the walking part hasn't quite sunk in.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 4, 2008 11:57 AM

Let's face the truth. With Haywood and Arenas out of the lineup and the East tougher in 2008, the Wizards with this roster will be severely challenged to make the playoffs even as the #7 or #8 seed.

Unless Arenas comes back earlier than expected this club is facing a rough season where the most positive thing coming out of it might be an enhanced position come draft time.

Unfortunately, Washington has consistently turned up opportunities to draft or sign a true power forward that could add the physical play and rebounding this club clearly lacks.

Now, without the full complement of scorers that weakness off the glass makes this a 30 win club at best.

How many 6'10 or 6'11 220-230 pound bean poles can one team collect?

Ernie should know better.

Posted by: leopard09 | November 4, 2008 12:25 PM

Blatche has played about 2500 minutes in his career, or about 30 minutes a game for 82 games. He is 22.

He is better than Rasheed Wallace was for his first 2500 minutes when Rasheed was 22 -- and Rasheed got some good schooling down in North Carolina.

The issue isn't Blatche's attitude or hustle. He just needs more schooling and minutes to move to the next level.

The guy will be good; just not under Eddie Jordan.

But then again, we're looking at 10 games under .500 by Xmas. EJ's attitude is going to be getting a lot worse between now and then. Team might have to suit up Kalo_rama after all the young guys shut down.

Posted by: Izman | November 4, 2008 12:45 PM

The fact that you actually said (presumably with a straight face) that Blatche is better than Rasheed Wallace was at any point in his career makes everything else you said so laughably irrelevant that it's not even worth responding to your pointlessly gratuitous personal attack or pointing out how poorly cooked that little sliver of number you used is.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 4, 2008 12:58 PM

Pecherov waiting his turn? I'm still waiting for this bum to get cut!!!

Posted by: beas13 | November 4, 2008 12:59 PM

If the team is going more to small ball, I don't see how Pecherov fits into the rotation.

Granted, you can't go small for 48 minutes. But Pecherov's skills don't augment a scrambling, athletic smaller lineup. Unless he's going to hang around the 3-point line and shoot that semi-jumper/setshot that he has.

This team is half fish and half fowl (no pun intended).

Posted by: SteveMG | November 4, 2008 1:06 PM

I think EJ has given AB every opportunity to prove himself including the chance to start last year when CB3 was hurt. He's never shown the hard work that is evident in young players who want to be rotation players. The 'No comment' wasn't brutal; it was a good way to say he had nothing good to say about AB. The doghouse EJ built for Haywood was undeserved and he later admitted making mistakes in his treatment...now EJ is facing the reality that his job may be on the line minus him.

Pecherov adds nothing to the equation as far as a contributor. As far as shooting as an earlier blogger mentioned, both Caron and AJ made 50% of their shots and scored 20+ each and we received a big contribution from NY off the bench against Detroit. We simply don't have the size inside to win against a team like Detroit.

I've resigned myself to a long season, but hope we have a chance to draft a true bigman to compliment Haywood and provide us an inside scorer. This team will be lucky to win 30 games as it currently stands. The positive is Caron, AJ, and Haywood are all under contract next year and there will be two big expiring contracts in Etan and AD to use as chips to trade.

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 4, 2008 1:17 PM

EJ is trying to get AB to grow up, imagine that a young man from abject poverty given the oppourtunity of a lifetime has issues with authority, i wonder what his dad would have to say about this? oh his dad is not in his life what a surprise if we all go back to when this knucklehead was drafted what happened? almost killed while being carjacked why because he was out in wee hours of the morning with his "boyz" hunting skank, lets move ahead a few years arrested; soliciting a prostitute, Not Andray!! you must be mistaken officer.You catch my drift he should spend every waking minute in the gym and with EJ's assistants trying to force EJ's hand for playing time but he won't because he doesn't get it and sadly he never will.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 4, 2008 1:47 PM

EJ is trying to get AB to grow up, imagine that a young man from abject poverty given the oppourtunity of a lifetime has issues with authority, i wonder what his dad would have to say about this? oh his dad is not in his life what a surprise if we all go back to when this knucklehead was drafted what happened?
So typical of all the psych majors who post about Andre - he must be lazy because he does not work hard - Proof - None - as for his starting last year, he excelled. As far his play this year, EJ said he was excellent the game before. Now you explain it anyway you want but talent does not get better sitting on the bench. Think Pech is better, you have never watched a Wiz game. Think ET is better, you have never watched a Wiz game. It is all about Eddie and his ego. I said it before, he needs to learn how to coach Laker style.

GAR

Posted by: h20law2000 | November 4, 2008 3:00 PM

Frankly, I'd like to see a better big man combo (better as in physical presence defensively). Would McGee and Etan be a nice fit? 20 minutes a game min. to give them a chance to 'wear down' the opponents. If you keep Jamison and Butler in, slide Antawn over to 3 and Caron to 2. That would be an interesting line up.

Posted by: Beltwayman2 | November 4, 2008 3:09 PM

Note to h20law2000: You're right talent does not get better sitting on the bench but EJ's looking for a consistent effort night in and night out and Andray is sorely lacking in that area with the injury to BTH you would think AB would be all over the oppourtunity,but not a chance he's his usual apathetic self, Antwan has tried to talk to him and i'm sure other veterans have done the same but to no avail, the season is young so lets see what happens as a longtime fan i'm hoping for AB to get a clue.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 4, 2008 3:30 PM

The McGee/Etan combo is interesting and problematic. McGee is quick and athletic enough that if they're playing a team with a face-up shooting big, he can take that assignment and let Etan cover the other one. The problem with playing them together is the same one as playing Thomas and Haywood: No offense from the front line. At least with Jamison at the 4, some points are being generated.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 4, 2008 3:33 PM

"Unfortunately, Washington has consistently turned up opportunities to draft or sign a true power forward that could add the physical play and rebounding this club clearly lacks.

Now, without the full complement of scorers that weakness off the glass makes this a 30 win club at best.

How many 6'10 or 6'11 220-230 pound bean poles can one team collect?

Ernie should know better.

Posted by: leopard09 | November 4, 2008 12:25 PM"

Could someone please tell me who these power forwards are that people always say the Wizards are failing to draft or sign are. Even one example would be great. I and many other people on this site understand how badly the Wiz need to upgrade at PF, but the Al Horford's of the world are not falling in the draft and Free Agent PFs are consistently being overpaid in today's NBA (Keyon Martin, anyone).

The days of Karl Malone dropping in the draft are long gone. And with most credible 4's being so overpaid, the best the Wiz can hope for is some team drinking the Memphis Grizzlies Kool-Aid and offering a Pau Gasol-type trade. Don't hold your breath.

Posted by: SportzWiz | November 4, 2008 4:50 PM

Summer training camp reports had the second team beating the starters often in scrimmages.

So how about starting these guys:
Juan Dixon, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, Dominic McGuire, Javale McGee.
Juan, Andray & Dominic are all good passers, good for the Princeton eh?

Then sub in Oleksiy Pecherov, Dee Brown as needed. Ok, Caron too.

Bench the rest of the starters, their effort is good, but the flesh is weak.
Flame on!

Posted by: rickgonz | November 4, 2008 5:13 PM

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