Or Should the Wizards Go Big?
I almost spit up my morning joe when I read Mike Lee's blog entry on the Wizards going small. Not because it wasn't interesting -- it was -- but because I knew it would cause some of the faithful readers of this blog to go crazy. The mere suggestion of Edde Jordan going to "small ball" just kills some folks in here. Interesting.
Here's my suggestion on change if, and only if, things continue to sputter along and by that I mean an 0-5 or 2-8 kind of start with the current lineup/rotation philosophy: go big.
Start DeShawn Stevenson and Caron Butler in the backcourt, Antawn Jamison at the 3, either Andray Blatche or Darius Songaila at the 4 and JaVale McGee at the 5.
DeShawn isn't a pure point but he's a good enough handler to get the ball upcourt and start the offense. Caron can kill most 2 guards and he can defend well enough to make it work. Antawn can't defend many 3s (like Richard Jefferson for instance) but he could post almost all of them up and create mismatches.
Either Blatche (depending on his level of interest on a given night) or Songaila (a natural power forward who can spread the floor with his passing and shooting) can man the 4. McGee is pure and simply making a case for more minutes. Jordan is on the verge of just playing the kid and living with his ups and downs. I'm in the same boat.
Now, this lineup would also help the bench. Antonio Daniels can come off and run the point with NIck Yong bringing scoring at the 2. (Juan Dixon is also an option at either spot particularly because he's played so well and because he's meshed VERY well with Young). Dom McGee can play the 3 (he's rebounded well and he's really playing solid defense). Either Songila or Blatche can come off and play at the 4 and Etan Thomas would be a solid option at center behind McGee.
One problem: Jordan all but ruled out playing Butler at the 2 during training camp. His reasoning was that Butler is a two-time all star as a 3-man so why mess with it? I'll ask him for his updated thoughts on it before tonight's game against the Knicks.
-Thomas, who missed the Milwaukee loss with a sprained left ankle, participated in shootaround this morning and is good to go. I'll post a pre-game update with lineups, inactives and other information.
-Regardless of what Eddie does tonight, Juan Dixon and Nick Young are making a case for being on the floor at crunch time. They helped turn the momentum of the Detroit and Milwaukee games and, according to www.82games.com, they have been the team's most efficient backcourt combo. (A quick note here: we're only three games in so I'm very cautious about reading too much into plus/minus and other efficiency ratings. I like a good 15 to 20-game slice before drawing major conclusions but that's just me.)
-Michael Lee is covering tomorrow night's game in Orlando so your faithful beat writer will watch the game on the tube and then catch the greatest band (at least what's left of it) in world history, War, at Blues Alley. Man I dig me some War. Jamming River Niger right now in fact.....
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