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Will Dominic McGuire Score Tonight?


I just need a few more opportunities like this. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Anyone who has watched the Washington Wizards this season realizes that Dominic McGuire has a way of affecting the game that goes beyond the box score. But I was scurrying around the internet today and I came across this very startling statistic, when I stumbled across the Ball Don't Lie blog on Yahoo.com. I wish I had found it myself.

But David Arnott from the Charlotte Bobcats blog, Rufus on Fire, noticed something about McGuire that made me say, "Whoa!"

McGuire hasn't scored since Friday. Read below:

I'm kind of shocked McGuire's recent play isn't drawing more attention; I'd love to know the last time an NBA player got 40 minutes or more in a game without scoring a point. More amazing? He didn't score a single point in the previous game, either.
Dude scored in the second quarter of the game against Denver on March 20, then didn't score again over the next 20:12 he played in that game. On March 21, he played 22:33 without scoring. Then, on March 23, he played 41:25 without scoring. That's mind-melting. That's 84 minutes and 10 seconds--and counting--without scoring. By a small forward-power forward tweener. In a way, it's the ultimate in simultaneously selfless and nihilistic play, because it's categorically not helping the team, but it's not necessarily hurting, either, and if McGuire's expected to D up and work the ball around to Antawn or JaVale, then so be it.

Since entering the starting lineup against Charlotte on Dec. 23, McGuire has had six games without scoring a point -- including his first start against the Bobcats when he missed all four shots in 23 minutes. Before going scoreless in 41 minutes against Chicago on Monday, the most minutes McGuire played without scoring in a game was a Dec. 29 road win in Houston, when he missed his only field goal attempt in 36 minutes. Of course, McGuire also had eight rebounds and six assists that night.

Any predictions for tonight?

By Michael Lee  |  March 25, 2009; 1:31 PM ET
 
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Comments

Hey Mike Lee whats the news on Ivan joining Washington Post Live. And who will cover the team next season thanks.

PS. hate to see Ivan go and has been great.

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | March 25, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

No predictions. No matter what anyone says negatively about McGuire's lack of offense, it'll be written off because he does 'other things'. On a team sorely in need of defense, he gets a pass because he plays it better than anyone else on the roster.

I think he hurts our offense but hey, I'm in the minority.

Remember, Hollinger had him as the worst player in the league based on PER last year. Right now he is ranked at 247. Surprisingly, Bruce Bowen is at 324, two steps from the bottom. Perhaps defense just isn't properly calculated in his system.

Posted by: original_mark | March 25, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Here are Hollinger's comments about Mcguire from last year...

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 (see chart), 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.

McGuire is a wiry, athletic type who did two things very well -- he rebounded and blocked shots. His rebound rate ranked fourth at his position and he was third among small forwards in blocks per minute, so obviously he can defend around the rim (and in fact, was used quite often as a power forward because of this). Nonetheless, he wasn't particularly good on D, even by this team's standards, and the offensive cost was massive. McGuire is a poor ball handler, as witnessed by his massive turnover rate. But the bigger problem is that he can't shoot, and whoever was encouraging him to shoot last season needs to stop.

Though I often disagree with Hollinger, these are pretty damning comments that can't be totally ignored. Of course these came after last year before this year's improvement.

Posted by: original_mark | March 25, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I love how off topic most users here get, must be the ADD, I digress

"In a way, it's the ultimate in simultaneously selfless and nihilistic play, because it's categorically not helping the team, but it's not necessarily hurting, either, and if McGuire's expected to D up and work the ball around to Antawn or JaVale, then so be it"

that right there sums it up, he is not a scorer to begin with and is in a drought. Do we honestly expect him to score 20+ a night? he is lucky to get 6. Its the end of the season and we are going through another set of injured players and ups and downs. Do you expect any more or less? cmon now..

http://www.wizardsextreme.com

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | March 25, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

On a team full of scorers, we need a guy who plays defense and passes the ball. I just wish he could at least shoot a three. Even if he can't do anything else on offense, it would greatly increase his value to the team. We need 3's.

Posted by: original_mark | March 25, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

7 pnts, 8 reb, 5 assts.

He's learning to be a point forward, like Paul Pressey for Don Nelson a century ago. Crittenden's gotta take an outside shot once in a while, too.

Posted by: joe2chase | March 25, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Will Dominic McGuire Score Tonight?

NOT IMPORTANT!

Posted by: sagaliba | March 25, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

McGuire's lack of scoring production isn't as much an issue if the team had 3 consistent scorers on the floor with him. It is also more glaring because he's been forced to start due to injuries. Next year he's more likely to be a player off the bench who plays 15-20 minutes a night as an 'energy' guy.

His passing has improved and he's the only guy on the team who makes any effort to play D so he deserves some credit even if he put up a goose egg two games in a row.

Posted by: wizfan89 | March 25, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The blogger obviousely has missed a very important contribution of McGuire's: if not for McGuire, Songaila would have to jump center during a long strech of this season. :)

Man, I just hope this "predicition" type of thing does not prompt McGuire to take ill-advised shots!

Posted by: sagaliba | March 25, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

30, 10 and 10 a triple double.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 25, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

McGuire can get away with having an off game or two offensively. He's not a chest thumper or a "look at what I just did" guy. He plays hard - if his shot drops or not. If we had the rest of the team playing like him. We'd not be playing for ping pong balls at this stage of the season regardless of all the injured stars.

Posted by: VBFan | March 25, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"Here are Hollinger's comments about Mcguire from last year..."

Last I checked, last year was over. This year is this year. Last year he was a rookie. This year he isn't. The preponderance of past tense in Hollinger's "analysis" renders it utterly meaningless in assessing what McGuire has done this season. Building a case that he stinks now based on what someone (esp. Hollinger) said about what he did last year is a big thorny straw man.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 25, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

It's a team sport. Therefore, one or two players do not and cannot produce good D.

When McGuire is on the floor, the opposition scores more points per minute than when he is on the bench. And he often is replaced by NY, which is a scary thought.

McGuire improved quite a bit this year. I'd rate him around the 15-25% quartile of NBA players on O and around 65-75% on D.

Most of his blocks, BTW, are when the offenisve player doesn't see him. Good offensive players score over and around him.

If I had to choose one young player to develop this year, it would not have been McGuire. But that's what happened. Go figure.

Posted by: Izman | March 25, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"We need 3's."

Well, maybe instead of hammering McGuire like a pinata for not doing something that's clearly not in his skill set (all the while ignoring how all of the things that are in his skill set help the team) maybe you should, oh I don't know, cast a glance or two in the direction of the guys for whom shooting 3s is in their skill set yet who fail to do it on a consistent basis. Like say, Nick Young (33% 3 pt shooting, down from 40% last season)?

Just a thought.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 25, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"When McGuire is on the floor, the opposition scores more points per minute than when he is on the bench. And he often is replaced by NY, which is a scary thought."

McGuire is a starter, who's on the floor against the other team's best offensive players. Young is mostly a backup playing mostly against second and third stringers who are not as big offensive threats. Congratulations, you've cracked the mystery surrounding the fact that most teams' starters score more than their bench.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 25, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Predictions for tonight?

Doesn't matter whether McGuire scores or not. All that I predict is this:

We lose. Again.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | March 25, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Dom's scoring doesnt matter as much as long as he knocks down the open J. I keep telling everyone that you cant fully judge any of these kids until they get to play with Gil. He's the one who's going to push the rock and give them the easy looks. He's the one who allows them to use there athletic ability which is supperior to most teams.

I just wish Tap would stop being an idiot and start Dom at the 2 with Caron at the 3. Caron is our best player with Gil hurt but he's just average at the 2. He is so not a SG. At the 3 he is a beast while with Dom it doesnt matter which spot he plays and he's probably better at the 2. If we made that one simple switch then we would look alot better because Caron would be catching the ball on the logo again instead of behind the 3pt line like he does in most cases now. He doesnt have the handles to score from there. Put Gil at the 1, Dom at the 2, and Caron at the 3.

Watch how much better guys like NY, Dom, Blatche, and McGee look with Gil on the floor and us playing uptempo

Posted by: dlts20 | March 25, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I'll go with four points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and two blocks.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | March 25, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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